Get to Know Us

The "Graphic Novel Advisory Board" is a group of IC students who get together to review children's and teens graphic novels. They share their findings with rural librarians and discuss ways for them to enhance their collections of graphic novels.

Katharine Kittredge (Advisor)


I'm Katharine Kittredge, the head of of this Merry Band. I grew up reading the "funny papers," and comics like Scrooge McDuck and Little Lulu.  As a coordinator of ITHACON, Ithaca's long-running comic book convention, I have been introduced to many new graphic novels and have come to appreciate their range and complexity.  I am especially drawn to graphic memoirs like Fun Home and Hey, Kiddo, but I also love science fiction series like Saga and Bitch Planet.

Kaitlyn Dennehy (President)

Kaitlyn Dennehy

Hi! I’m Kaitlyn Dennehy and I’m a Senior English and Writing major at Ithaca College. I enjoy reading YA literature, graphic novels, as well as contemporary and fantasy fiction. I’ve been reading graphic novels for a long time, and I think they’re a great way to merge the visual with the literary! My favorite graphic novels are Tillie Walden’s Are You Listening, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

Jalen Lisbon (Chief Editor)

Jalen Picture

Drawn by alum Lola Oretade

Hi, I’m Jalen. Currently, I’m in my third year at IC pursuing a degree in English with minors in Writing and Education Studies. I love learning, teaching, and especially enjoy reading and writing. By reading graphic novels, we can find freedom in language and imagination. It’s important to me that all readers have access to the graphic novels that they can see themselves in. Personally, my favorite is El Deafo by Cece Bell.

Julia Stitely (Social Media Manager)

Julia Stitely

Greetings and salutations! I’m Julia Stitely (they/she) and I’m a sophomore Writing for Film, TV and Emerging Media Major with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. Besides my love for YA and children's books, I love the graphic novels and mangas in those genres. Some of my favorite graphic novels and mangas include Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman, The Witch Boy series by Molly Knox Ostertag, and Orange series by Ichigo Takano

Elizabeth Cordone (Treasurer)

Elizabeth Cordone

Hi! I’m Elizabeth Cordone, and I’m a junior Television-Radio major at IC. I’ve loved reading both comic books and graphic novels since I was a kid, and I am fascinated by the way different styles of art and writing combine to create rich and complex stories. Some of my recent favorite graphic novels are Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and my current favorite comic book is Bilquis Evely’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. 

Ava Berardi


Member of GNAB

Bella Grassia


Member of GNAB

Hope Borsic


Member of GNAB

Leah McLean


Member of GNAB

Riley Rhoder


Member of GNAB

Violet Rumble


Member of GNAB


Alex Paul (Founder)

Lila Kwederis (Founder)

Andy Yzaguirre (Founder)

Angelina Randazzo (Founder)

Ian Emmanuel, Harleigh Myerovich, Lola Oretade, Eden Dodge, Edward Willshire, Christopher Tenore-Nortrup, Tyler Jennes, Patrick Pinney, Abby McGuire, Nicholas Lapinig, Thomas Pettitt, Cassie Leon, Isabel Murray, Leo Baumbach, Julia Hurlbert, Alyssa Memmott, Laura Ilioaei, Mac Allen, Cole Herrmann, Miriam Brown, Xing Ke Elrick, Daniel Motta