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Visual Ink Behind the Hatching Face – new books!


The Visual language of comics : introduction to the structure and cognition of sequential images / Neil Cohn – PN6710.C64 V57 2013


Pretty in ink : American women cartoonists, 1896-2013 / by Trina Robbins – PN6725 .R58 2013


The man without a face : the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin / Masha Gessen – DK510.766.P87 G47 2013


The news : a user’s manual / Alain De Botton – PN4749 .D43 2014


Dr. Seuss, the cat behind the hat / by Caroline M. Smith – NC975.5.S48 A4 2012


Hatching Twitter : a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal / Nick Bilton – HM743.T95 B55 2013

Attn: 1st Year Students – Enter to Win!

As way of saying welcome, the SVA Library is holding a raffle for all 1st year students and transfers. Here’s the thing, you have to enter to win! So come in, fill out a tiny entry and pop it in the box. There will be four winners! Entries will be taken all week, so come in for a visit.

The Prizes:
Peter Doig – No Foreign Lands
Frida Kahlo – The Diary of Frida Kahlo
Sandi Haber Fifield – Walking Through the World
Andy Warhol – Drawings

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The Lighter Side of I – new books!


Dave Berg : five decades of “The lighter side of…” / foreword by Drew Friedman.- PN6727.B4694 A4 2013


Mort Drucker : five decades of his finest works / foreword by Michael J. Fox. – PN6727.D78 A6 2012


I is an other : the secret life of metaphor and how it shapes the way we see the world / James Geary – PE1445.M4 G43 2012


Drawn to drawing / by John Vernon Lord. – NC242.L67 A4 2014


The Duchamp dictionary / Thomas Girst, [illustrations Luke Frost and Therese Vandling (Heretic)] – N6853.D8 G577 2014


Escapo / written and illustrated by Paul Pope – PN6727.P665 E73 2014

How to Whistle – RIP Lauren Bacall


Last week saw the passage of Lauren Bacall at the age of 89. Bacall’s career started off with a bang, starring in a Howard Hawks film, To Have and Have Not (see above and below) opposite her future husband,Humphrey Bogart.

On set for [To Have and Have Not], Bacall developed her trademark gesture, “>The Look.” Oddly enough, it began as a defense against nerves: Bacall had to keep her chin pressed against her chest to keep from shaking until just before the cameras rolled, causing her to begin every shot bringing her gaze upward. The project launched Bacall toward her reputation as a leading lady in the film noir genre.

To explore Bacall’s career – noir and otherwise – here some places to start:


Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not /screen play by Jules Furthman and William Faulkner ; directed by Howard Hawks. – V-F H384 To DVD


The Big Sleep / a Howard Hawks production – V-F H384 Big DVD


Dark passage / V-F D384 Dar DVD


Dogville / written and directed by Lars von Trier.


Ready to Wear / produced and directed by Robert Altman. – V-F A475 Rea DVD


Key Largo / directed by John Huston – V-F H877 Key DVD


Lauren Bacall by myself / Lauren Bacall – PN2287.B115 A35 1979

What’s up, Chuck?

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Growing up with Saturday morning cartoons, there came a point, past when I started to see the differences between Warner Bros. cartoons and products from Hanna Barbara (ex. The Flintstones) or MGM (ex. Tom and Jerry), when even within the vast universe of WB animation, certain titles stood out for their excellence – of story, of art, of animated movement. And consistently I found those extraordinary cartoons – Rabbit of Seville, What’s Opera, Doc?, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, Don’t Give Up the Sheep – were directed by Chuck Jones. Now the Museum of the Moving Image has a show up through January, 2015, highlighting the career of this singular animator, What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones. (review / slideshow)

To explore his work:

Chuck amuck : the life and times of an animated cartoonist / by Chuck Jones – NC1766.U52 J66 1989


Chuck reducks : drawings from the fun side of life / Chuck Jones ; with a foreword by Robin Williams. – NC1766.U52 J66 1996


Looney tunes premiere collection /director, Charles M. Jones – V-AN J664 LooP DVD


Looney tunes golden collection. Vol. 2 – includes “What’s opera, Doc?” (1957)


Gay Purr-ee / Warner Bros ; A UPA production ; written by Dorothy & Chuck Jones – V-AN L458 Gay DVD


How the Grinch stole Christmas / Producers, Chuck Jones and Theodore Geisel ; director, Chuck Jones – V-AN S487 How DVD

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Chuck Jones extremes & inbetweens, a life in animation / produced and directed by Margaret Selby – V-AN J664 Ext DVD

Reconstructing Modernist Press Oop Good Cherish – new books!


Modernist cuisine at home / Nathan Myhrvold with Maxime Bilet – TX651 .M93 2012


Do not ask what good we do : inside the U.S. House of Representatives / Robert Draper – JK1319 .D73 2012


Italian Futurism 1909-1944 : reconstructing the universe / edited by Vivien Greene.- N6494.F8 I83 2014


Alley Oop. Volume 1, 1934-1936 : the complete Sundays / V.T. Hamlin.- PN6728.A45 H36 2014 OVERSIZE


Press here / Hervé Tullet – PZ7.T82314 Pr 2011


Love, dishonor, marry, die, cherish, perish : a novel / David Rakoff- PS3618.A436 L68 2013

Robin Williams RIP


Where do you start with Robin Williams? – 70+ credits on IMDB, so many classics and a few clunkers. Starting with Mork from Ork, Williams has been a fixture of the cultural landscape ever since, starring in goofy comedies and serious dramas. His frenetic style of improvisation was the stuff of legend. In the many tributes we can get some sense of the pain shared by so many fans right now. He was easily one of the most beloved performers of our time.
To see:

Good Will Hunting / written by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon ; directed by Gus Van Sant. – V-F V367 Goo DVD


Dead Poets Society / a Peter Weir film – V-F W447 Dea DVD


What dreams may come / a film by Vincent Ward – V-F W364 What DVD

One hour photo / written and directed by Mark Romanek – V-F R651 One DVD

The Fisher King / directed by Terry Gilliam – V-F G544 Fis DVD

Aladdin /produced and directed by John Musker, Ron Clements – V-AN D476 Ala DVD