Category Archives: Collection Highlights

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

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?

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

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

Studio Visits

This post of photos of illlustrators in their studios starts off with illustration super-star and SVA alum/faculty Yuko Shimizu. There are several books in the library that peek into the studios of artists, giving the rest of us a peek into their respective spaces and creative processes. Below are some links and titles to explore, in case you share this voyeuristic urge to learn from and explore the worlds of fellow makers. Studios: British artists, Famous artists, Pinterest, Drawing tables, Comic artists

In that stacks:

Artists at work : inside the studios of today’s most celebrated artists / David Seidner – N6536 .S45 1999

Artists’ studios / M.J. Long. – NA997.L66 A4 2009

Studio reader : on the space of artists / edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner. – N8520 .S78 2010

Inside the painter’s studio / Joe Fig. – ND212.7 .F54 2009

Living and sustaining a creative life : essays by 40 working artists / edited by Sharon Louden – N40 .L58 2013

It’s Not Warming – It’s Dying.

This week we have had a box of buttons (see above) at the entrance to the library – help yourself next time you visit. Designer Milton Glaser has collaborated with SVA and Busy Beaver Buttons on a campaign to raise awareness about the real world consequences of climate change: It’s Not Warming. It’s Dying. – and on Twitter.

“I have started a campaign that we hope becomes global called ‘It’s Not Warming It’s Dying’. The idea is to have everybody wear this button all over the world as acknowledgement of what’s going on.” He embraces Buddhist philosophy which suggests “acknowledging” a problem is better than attempting action and exacerbating it.
But he declines to describe the badge in his own words (his studio hasn’t yet released the image, either). “If it’s not obvious, it doesn’t work.” And when asked to expand on his motives for launching a campaign that will include a website where the badges can be ordered, he responds dryly: “The fact that the world is coming to an end… and that the most important event in human history is not acknowledged.”

The Design of Dissent / by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic – NX650.P6 G53 2005

The Human face of climate change / Mathias Braschler, Monika Fischer ; with texts by Jonathan Watts. – QC903 .B743 2011

Global weirdness : severe storms, deadly heat waves, relentless drought, rising seas, and the weather of the future / Climate Central – QC981.8.C5 .G58 2012

Climate change : picturing the science / Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe – QC981.8.C5 S3556 2009

The Global warming reader : a century of writing about climate change / edited with an introduction by Bill McKibben – QC981.8.G56 G58199 2012

Do good : how designers can change the world / David B. Berman – HF5413 .B47 2009

Future Fonts Today!

Is Google designing the ‘font of the future‘ for the Android? At this stage in the type game, it’s hard to imagine any one typeface dominating the future, but in terms of adapting to new mediums (like smart phones), it makes sense that Google and Apple would be pushing the boundaries of type development.

To explore further:

Reading letters : designing for legibility / Sofie Beier – Z250.A4 B44 2012

Designing for small screens : mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, pocket PCs, navigation systems, MP3 players, game consoles / design by Studio 7.5 – TK7882.I6 D47 2005

Simple and usable : web, mobile, and interaction design / Giles Colborne. – QA76.9.U83 C65 2011

Using type / Michael Harkins- Z246 .H368 2010

Lettering & type : creating letters and designing typefaces / Bruce Willen, Nolen Strals – Z250 .W598 2009

Designing Multi-Device Experiences An Ecosystem Approach to User Experiences Across Devices / Michal Levin – QA76.9.U83 2014