Category Archives: Collection Highlights

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

Thanks for the Laughs, Harold Ramis!

If you grew up in the 1980s/90s, chances are you were touched by the comedy of Harold Ramis, beloved by many. He was a Second City alum who acted in, wrote, and directed a series of classic movies with other such stars of the era as Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi. So sad to hear that he has passed away.
If you feel like re-watching a classic, or discovering one you haven’t seen yet, here are a few titles in the SVA Library:

National Lampoon’s Animal house – V-F L263 Ani DVD

Caddyshack – V-F R363 Cad DVD

Stripes / V-F R458 Str DVD

Ghostbusters – V-F R458 Gho DVD
Ghostbusters 2 – V-F R458 Gho2 DVD

Groundhog Day – V-F R363 Gro DVD

Analyze This by Phoef Sutton, Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan, George Gallo, Harold Ramis