Category Archives: Art & Design

New Book by SVA alum: Cat on the Bus


We’ve just received a new book written and illustrated by SVA alum (and former library employee!) Aram Kim. Cat on the Bus is the story of a street cat who encounters the warmth of others and finds a home with a kind stranger after a winter ride on a city bus.

Holiday House, the book’s publisher, interviewed Aram about this book and becoming an author.

Find Cat on the Bus in the SVA Library, here!

New: The Newsstand

Opened in June 2013, The Newsstand operated for eight months inside of the Metropolitan/Lorimier subway station in Brooklyn. A hub for independent publishing, it stocked zines, books, comics, screen-prints, records, in short: anything anyone dropped off“as long as it wasn’t offensive or racist.” A dynamic space, artists would work as “guest clerks” and show art or stage events. In its short time, The Newsstand hosted nearly 100 events and stocked over 1,200 different zines. This new book published by Rizzoli features a selection of those zines, as well as interviews with their makers.


tns-layout-final_021716_17-1542x1085Although The Newsstand project was “by and for everyone,” the selection in this book represents only a fraction of the diverse voices, experiences, and creative visions of those who participate in zine-making culture. For even more examples of zines, you can check out Zine Scene and The Riot Grrrl Collection. Never made a zine before? Take a look at Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics.


New: Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang about the Boxer Rebellion, an uprising which took place in China between 1899 and 1901. The books, Boxers and Saints respectively, tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of the violent rift.


Boxers follows the tale of Little Bao and a band of commoners (trained in kung fu) who set out to free China from the foreign missionaries and soldiers who are terrorizing the countryside. Saints follows the experiences of Vibiana, one of the Chinese Christians persecuted by the uprising, as she struggles between her country and her faith.


You can find both volumes on the new book shelf in the main library alongside other books by Gene Luen Yang and those of Lauren Redniss (MFA 2000 Illustration)—both graphic novelists were recently awarded 2016 MacArthur Fellowships.

New Database Trial: Flipster


The SVA Library has just begun a trial of Flipster, a digital magazine solution that makes it easy to read magazines on your computer or mobile device. Visit our Flipster trial here to browse over 1,100 magazines in Flipster’s digital newsstand. Click on Flipster from the EBSCO landing page. The trial is also accessible from our A-Z Databases page.

Download the Flipster app (iTunes, Google Play)  to your mobile device to download magazines for offline reading. On screen instructions in the app will guide you.


Flipster’s web interface


A spread from Threaded magazine in Flipster


The Flipster app

This trial expires on October 22, 2016.

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SVA Library Graduate Student Reception

The SVA Library invites all graduate students to an informal reception on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 from 6-7:30pm.

Say hello to library staff, meet grad students from other programs, browse the collections, and enjoy an adult beverage.

We can’t wait to see you there!


New Colourbox Key for Fall 2016


The SVA Library provides access to the Colourbox stock image database for all current students, faculty, and staff. Each Fall, a new access key is released for our education license. The Fall 2016 key, which is valid until September 1, 2017 has been distributed via the college’s SVA Today email and is also posted under the Library tab in MySVA.

To get started with Colourbox, sign up for an account with your SVA email address here.

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New York Times webinars, July 2016


The SVA Library subscribes to for all students, faculty, and staff in the SVA community. Their monthly webinar series for July is happening this Thursday, the 28th in a 3-part series. Please join The New York Times in Education on Thursday, July 28, 2016, to learn how to activate a account, briefly tour, and tour the online teaching resource from The New York Times in Education,, in 3-part sessions.

Register for any or all sessions below. You will receive a confirmation email with your personal webinar meeting link and may select the ‘Add to Calendar’ option to place the webinar session in your time zone.

Thursday, July 28th 

Webinar 1: 11:00am – 11:15am EST
Activating a account via school domain authentication
RSVP:11AM How To Grab a Pass Webinar


Webinar 2: 1:00pm – 1:20pm EST Introduction: Post Activation
RSVP: 1PM Intro Webinar


Webinar 3: 2:00pm – 2:20pm EST
The New York Times in Education Website – Instructional Resources for classrooms
RSVP: 2PM NYTimes in Education Instructional Demo Webinar

The meeting platform GoToWebinar will install a plug-in for your internet browser (once installed, you may be prompted to give permission for the plug-in to run), so please be sure to click link 2-3 minutes before we start. Feel free to use the chat box to ask questions; they are answered near the conclusion.