Category Archives: Collection Highlights

Earthly Hap Day!


Time to celebrate this terrestrial sphere we call home. This year’s Google’s doodle honoring the occasion is particularly lovely (keep clicking on the image to toggle between animations).
Given the beautiful day, you would be forgiven for avoiding the library altogether and soaking in the sunshine. But should you want some books for company or research, below are a few titles that might be of interest.


Earth / editor-in-chief, James F. Luhr – QE501 .E27 2003


Ocean / by Fabien Cousteau et al. – GC21 .O23 2006


The Human face of climate change / Mathias Braschler, Monika Fischer – QC903 .B743 2011


Love Earth : 100 eco ideas + 100 eco designs / edited and produced by Viction Workshop Ltd ; concepts & art direction by Victor Cheung – NK1520 .L68 2011


Planet Earth as you’ve never seen it before : the complete series / BBC Worldwide – Film: V-D F684 Pla DVD v.1-5
And book: QB631.2 .P57 2006


Material world : a global family portrait / by Peter Menzel, text by Charles Mann – GN406.M45 1994


What I eat : around the world in 80 diets / photographed by Peter Menzel ; written by Faith D’Aluisio – TX353 .M437 2010

How Many ’100 Best Animated Films’ Have You Seen?


TimeOut polled experts and came up with a list of the 100 Best Animated Movies. We dug through it to see what the SVA Library owns and what we didn’t. The good news is that we had 89 out of the 100. The bad news is that there were only three titles we did not have that are also available to purchase (or the right format).
That means “The Bugs Bunny & Road Runner Movie”, “When the Wind Blows”, and “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” by Don Hertzfeldt will soon be added the collection. If you see any of the following available on NTSC Region 1 DVD, let us know! What we do not have: Feherlofia (Jankovics), Goodbye Mr. Christie (Mulloy), The Tale of the Fox (Starewicz), Only Yesterday (Takahata), Mind Game (Yuasa), Consuming Spirits (Sullivan).

Looking through the list, are your favorites included? Any titles you think should have made the list but didn’t? Let us know in the comments.

Here are their Top 10:
10. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) – V-AN A535 Fan DVD
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – V-AN B877 NigC DVD
8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – V-AN D476 Sno DVD
7. The Iron Giant (1999) – V-AN B573 IroS DVD
6. Dumbo (1941) – V-AN D476 Dum DVD
5. The Incredibles (2004) – V-AN B573 Inc DVD
4. Toy Story (1995) – V-AN D476 Toy1 DVD
3. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) – V-AN M592 My DVD
2. Spirited Away (2001) – V-AN M592 Spi DVD
1. Pinocchio (1940) – V-AN D476 Pin DVD

Beautiful Disposable Paper Hippie Hole – new books!


Disposable skateboard bible / by Sean Cliver – GV859.8 .C55 2009


Beautiful darkness / Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët – PN6747.V44 J6513 2014


The Hole / Øyvind Torseter – PZ7.T645742 Ho 2013


Hippie chic / Lauren D. Whitley. – GT596 .W44x 2013


S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko : the complete collection / script, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas ; layouts, Jack Kirby


Paper cutting : contemporary artists, timeless craft / compiled by Laura Heyenga – TT870 .P26 2011

Vivian Maier – Queen of the Selfie Emerges Posthumously


Vivian Maier has burst onto contemporary photography scene in a big way in the last couple of years. But it turns out she never exhibited, much less sold, her work during her lifetime. Like another Chicago resident, Harry Darger, her work made its way into public consciousness after being discovered posthumously. With its wide array of self portraits and snapshot aesthetic, Maier’s work is quite of the moment. Now a documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, is coming out to feed the budding Maier industry. We will get it in the library when it comes out on DVD.

In the meantime, explore Maier’s work with these titles:

Vivian Maier : out of the shadows / Richard Cahan, Michael Williams. – TR659.8 .M35 2012


Vivian Maier : street photographer / edited by John Maloof ; foreword by Geoff Dyer – TR659.8 .M35 2011


Vivian Maier : self-portraits / edited by John Maloof ; essay by Elizabeth Avedon. – TR659.8 .M35 2013

Circus Ambassador Fieldwork and Culture – new books!


Paul Klee : life and work / published by Zentrum Paul Klee – N6888.K55 A4 2012b


Sergio Aragonés : five decades of his finest works / Sergio Aragonés; foreword by Patrick McDonnell. – PN6727.A63 A4 2010


Object atlas : fieldwork in the museum / edited by Clementine Deliss, Weltkulturen Museum – N5310.8.G3 F75 2012


Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 / Matthew Wittmann – GV1803 .W58 2012


Art & queer culture / Catherine Lord & Richard Meyer. – N8217.H67 L67 2013


Tomorrow night: Strong Female Protagonists: A Panel Featuring Women in Comics


Can’t wait for MOCCAfest this weekend but looking for somewhere to put that energy this week? Consider Strong Female Protagonists: A Panel Featuring Women in Comics tomorrow night at 7pm in the auditorium at 209 E. 23rd St, for a discussion of women’s roles in comics, professional advice, and a Q&A with the audience.
The panel will feature: “Shelly Bond, Executive Editor of Vertigo comics, Diane Noomin, creator of Glitz-2-Go and editor of the seminal Twisted Sisters anthologies, Alitah Martinez, creator of Yume and Ever, and artist for Marvel and Papercutz, and Raina Telgemeier [SVA alum], creator of Smile and Drama.”
In the library:

Glitz-2-go / Diane Noomin. – PN6727.N66 G55 2011


Twisted sisters. 2, Drawing the line / edited by Diane Noomin – PN6726.T875 1995


Drama / Raina Telgemeier – PN6727.T294 D73 2012


Smile / Raina Telgemeier. – PN6727.T294 S65 2010


Graphic women : life narrative and contemporary comics / Hillary L. Chute. – PN6714 .C49 2010


The Big feminist but : comics about women, men and the ifs, ands & buts of feminism / edited by Shannon O’Leary & Joan Reilly. – PN6720 .B88 2013

A Font Is Born: Inside the Creative Process of Hoefler and Frere-Jones


Interested in cool typefaces and typeface design? Take a look at “A Font Is Born: Inside the Creative Process of Hoefler and Frere-Jones”. Frere-Jones created Gotham, the breakout typeface of the 2008 Obama election. And now it looks like they are breaking up their partnership!

To explore typography and typographers further:


Tobias Frere-Jones : Gerrit Noordzij prize exhibition / – Z250.A2 F73 2009


Just my type : a book about fonts / Simon Garfield. – Z250 .G237 2010


Design for Obama : posters for change : a grassroots anthology / edited by Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker ; essay by Steven Heller – E906 .D49 2009


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


Designing type / Karen Cheng – Z246 .C44 2005


The elements of typographic style / Robert Bringhurst – Z246 .B74 2004

Double Ditko Murders Wild Underdog Teenage Brain – new books!


The Art of Ditko / edited by Craig Yoe PN6727.D58 A78 2013


The Creativity of Ditko / edited and designed by Craig Yoe – PN6727.D58 A6 2012


Weegee : Murder Is My Business / Brian Wallis


Wild art / David Carrier, Joachim Pissarro – N7428.5 .C37 2013


David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants / Malcolm Gladwell. – BF503 .G53 2013


Brainstorm : the power and purpose of the teenage brain / Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. – BF724 .S49 2013

100 Years of Seuss


Or thereabouts. Yesterday marked what would have been Theodor aka “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s 100th birthday. Unlike the recent 100th anniversary of the First World War, the centenary of Dr. Seuss is a bit more fun to contemplate. To explore the world of Seuss, see below:


Your favorite Seuss : 13 stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss with 13 introductory essays / compiled by Janet Schulman and Cathy Goldsmith. – PZ8.3.G5738 You 2004 OVERSIZE


Dr. Seuss goes to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel / Richard H. Minear – D745.2 .G45 2001


The secret art of Dr. Seuss / [author, Theodor Geisel] ; introduction by Maurice Sendak ND237.G325 A4 1995


Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : a biography / Judith & Neil Morgan. – PS3513.E2 Z785 1995


How the Grinch stole Christmas – V-AN S487 How DVD

Hyperbole Files Creepy Retro Thinking – new books!


Frank Miller’s Ronin / created, written, and drawn by Frank Miller – PN6727.M48 R66 1987


Jan van der Veken : fabrica grafica : custom-made graphics with a retro, atomic-style, clear line / edited by Hendrik Hellige and Robert KlantenVeken, Jan van der. – NC984.5.V45 A4x 2013


Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened / Allie Brosh – PN6727.B754 H96 2013


Thinking in numbers : on life, love, meaning, and math / Daniel Tammet. – QA93 .T36 2013


Creepy presents Steve Ditko : the definitive collection of Steve Ditko’s stories from Creepy and Eerie / collaboraters: Terry Bisson, Clark Dimond, Archie Goodwin – PN6727.D58 C744 2013


The Snowden files : the inside story of the world’s most wanted man/ Luke Harding -HV6773.2 .H37 2014