CJ Talerico ’24

Varsity Swim Captain majoring in Media and Communications and double-minoring in Business and Film Studies. The first comic book I ever read was a Batman: Hush trade paperback that a substitute teacher had brought to school when I was in fifth grade– and I’ve been reading and collecting comics ever since! I even host my own comic book podcast: Behind The Page, where I interview famous creators in the industry and give retrospectives on my favorite comics and comic-related media.

Briana Yumbe ’24

Drew African Student Association Vice President majoring in Marketing and Psychology and minoring in Media and Communications. As an avid fiction book reader, I have long been interested in textual storytelling- the first book that sprung this strong interest is Purple Hibiscus by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I am currently exploring visual storytelling as it pertains to comic books. The Drew University archives are a great place to start and I am thrilled I have the opportunity to create a clear and concise digital archive of the comics my campus has to offer! 

Yan Zheng Lew ’23

Also a member of the swim team and double majoring in Physics and Computer Science. I had never been exposed to the world of comics until I got to the US but it has been a fun journey the past year since picking up my first comic book. Now I enjoy weekly trips to our local comic book store to pick up new comics.

Special thanks to:

Professors Kim Rhodes, Danielle Reay and Wendy Kolmar for inspiring and allowing this project to happen.

Candace Reilly, Manager of Special Collections, for her guidance.

Azucena Castañeda (TWU ’25) for assisting with logging comic books and helping to find proper information and credits online.

“League of Comic Geeks” for providing a majority of background information on the books and their creators.

The entire DHSI Committee and Staff for allowing this project to continue and grow into more than it was ever originally intended to become!