Who Are We?

Four undergrad students dedicated to comic book canoodling and graphic novel gandering.  From the history of comic books to the coming-of-age novel made visual, we’re here to examine the art of the graphic novel, vouch for its validity, and figure out what the form tells us about digital-aged American adolescents.  Although our intended audience is primarily composed of educators looking to learn more about this form, we welcome young adults, comic lovers, graphic novel devotees, and anyone interested in a good read!  We hope you enjoy exploring our blog – we chose it as our format to relay information about graphic novels because the pithy posts we’ve created parallel nicely to the form on the whole, with its succinct words and variety of images.

Check The Graphic Novel Hovel periodically to read about our insights on books we love, dedications to our favorite comic book aficionados, and everything and anything concerning visual literature!

Elizabeth Bookhultz is a double major in English and Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  A former youngARTS finalist, Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semifinalist, recipient of regional gold keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, etc., Elizabeth only hopes she can consider herself a budding writer, but is devastated that she has no penchant whatsoever for drawing, and therefore tragically cannot craft her memoirs using pictures and words.  She discovered the graphic novel her freshman year, and read through her first one on her living room couch when she was too sick to do anything truly productive, and fell in love with the form right then and there. Besides reading and writing, Elizabeth enjoys swing dancing, WWII reenacting, and daydreaming.

Michael Pagliaro is an English Major with a minor in Ed Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Although he has no official accreditation (yet), he is a literature expert by experience.  He was and is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and has amassed a disturbing amount of literary trivia with which to confuse people. His graphic reading habits were heavily influenced by his manga-devouring stepmother and comic-book obsessed friends in high school. Graphic novels of both Western and Eastern varieties have slipped into his library whenever a new wave of curiosity struck and time allowed. Between bouts of paper-editing and news-scanning, Mike finds moments to read about The Amazing History of Quantum Mechanics, sing in a capella groups with suggestive names, and sail.

 Darlene Watson is an English major, education minor, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has a two-year old son and is juggling him and writing papers as she finishes up her last two semesters. Darlene is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and was 2001 St. Mary’s County Farm Queen. She is an avid writer and reader, weaving graphic novels into her repertoire usually whenever someone suggests something she hasn’t read yet. When not working on a paper for class or playing with her son; Darlene also tutors a variety of subjects, dances and tries to get back to the family farm whenever possible.

John Sines was born an uneducated and illiterate infant without any motor skills in the city of Annapolis. In the years following his birth, he constantly labored to develop himself. Learning to read and write rudimentary sentences was especially difficult for him, a victim of borderline ADD.

As the years progressed, so did he. His mind was blossoming and, before he knew it, he had mastered the skills of arithmetic and language. He even became competent in the art of baseball. He graduated from Arnold Elementary in the fifth grade with a healthy interest in Harry Potter books, baseball and children’s poetry. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, he was in Severn River Middle School. It would serve as a place of transition; I lost weight, grew taller, my hair changed from a dirty blonde to a robust auburn, and acquired a taste for history. And from there, he grew to like comic books and graphic novels.

The header for this site was created by Elizabeth Bookhultz, using an image from Josh Neufeld’s web comic version of A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge.  The original image appears in Chapter 2: “Should I Stay…”, to be located here.

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