Category Archives: Art & Design

Archival Highlights on Display

At the start of every semester, archives staff curates and displays items from the Milton Glaser Design Study Center & Archives and the SVA Archives in the vitrine located across from the circulation desk at the library entrance. Items in the vitrine highlight thematic topics or patterns within particular collections that might not be apparent from their provenance-based organization.


The current installation showcases an overview of the items held in the archives at SVA. It includes works by David Mazzucchelli, Pablo Ferro, George Tscherny, Louise Fili, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, Tony Palladino, Seymour Chwast, Eileen Boxer, James McMullan, and Mel Bochner, as well as the student publications Passion and FreeMan. For a complete description of the items on display, see Vitrine 05 Various Media.

For more on this installation, read the Q&A with Archivist Beth Kleber on the SVA Insider (requires login with MySVA credentials).

Take a look the next time you’re in the library, and for more collection highlights, visit Container List, the archives blog.

Previous installations:

  1. SVA Identity Materials: logo evolution and associated materials from the school since its founding as the Cartoonists & Illustrators School in 1947. (Spring 2013)
  2. Chermayeff & Geismar corporate symbols (Fall 2013)
  3. Tony Palladino’s book jackets (Spring 2014)
  4. Product photography by Henry Wolf (Fall 2014)


Graphic Novels – NEW BOOKS

Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs 

PN6733.J33 S24 2014

Join a pair of young newlyweds as they descend deep into a mysterious forest, encountering unknown creatures and unimaginable landscapes. Amongst the unusual flora and fauna, they discover within themselves something more strange and terrible than any sight their safari has to offer.

“What at first seems like a familiar story trope — an older, rich lout and nubile, young wife go on safari led by a macho, knowledgeable guide — becomes under Jacobs’ hands something altogether strange, haunting, unexpected and altogether extraordinary.”                               — Chris Mautner, Comic Book Resources

“Presenting nature as a pitiless arena for survival of the fittest isn’t the most original of scenarios, but Jacobs’ presentation is wonderfully fresh and drolly humorous – a genuinely personal vision … [he] is a cartoonist gifted with tremendous imagination and one-of-a-kind visual acumen.”                                                                             — Rob Kirby, The Comics Journal

Safari Honeymoon, as an exemplar of the next generation of comics storytelling, takes the medium to a different place, a place that may be best analogous to poetry.”                                                                                — Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in London, Ontario. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for best Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles. He has worked on the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and his work has appeared in the acclaimed Latvian comics anthology š!, as well as the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best American Comics published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Only Skin by Sean Ford

PN6727.F63 O55 2012

This is the debut graphic novel from Sean Ford, published by the ever-exciting Secret Acres. It follows the lives of two orphans in what could easily be a post-apocalyptic world, but is actually modern rural America. The same desperation and unease that marks Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is also present here, with some unexpected and surreal interjections of the supernatural that make for an unpredictable and thoroughly engaging narrative. It’s all rendered in a style that recalls Dylan Horrocks and Craig Thompson, establishing Ford as a strong contender for the best new artist to emerge this year.                                                         — Gavin Lees, Bleeding Cool 

Sean Ford s Only Skin is just the sort of comic book I like reading. Not only a tale of quirky surreal horror, intrigue, adventure and exquisite humor, this book has a great amount of heart.                                                                                                                    — Farel Dalrymple, of Omega the Unknown and Pop Gun War

Sean Ford creates a world that s both eerie and warmly mundane. Not an easy feat.                                                                                                                                                 — Alison Bechdel, author of the best-selling graphic memoir

Here is a 2012 Comics Reporter interview with Ford.


Last Days of the Immortal by Gwen De Bonneval & Fabien Vehlmann

PN6747.V44 D4713 2012

Gwen De Bonneval’s beautiful illustrations and stunning vision of the future had me studying every page for minutes on end.                                                                            — Rich Johnton, Bleeding Cool 

Subtle, mature, and inventive, French team De Bonneval and Vehlmann deliver deliberate science fiction that evokes the classic books of the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular kinship to Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time.           — Publishers Weekly

In the distant future, Elijah is a member of the “Philosophical Police,” who must solve conflicts that arise out of ignorance of the Other. Two species are fighting a war with roots in a crime committed centuries ago, and Elijah must solve the crime and bring peace between their species, while also confronting his own immortality in a world where science provides access to eternal life. In a world where death no longer exists, why do so many want to give up on life? Serious, heavy-duty science fiction, with shades of JG Ballard, Gattaca, Solaris and THX 1138. Translated from the award-winning French graphic novel.


Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu: Vol. 2










 Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu. Volume 2 by Junko Mizuno

PN6727.M59 L58 2013

Adventures of a space alien in search of love in an off-kilter Tokyo, Pelu, the cute and fluffy gigolo from outer space, is back, determined to find himself true happiness in the form of a human bride.

Pelu’s quest to have a child continues to unfold across a surreal Tokyo cityscape populated by mythological creatures, loveable losers, living puppets, nymphomaniacs, and a visitor from Pelu’s own home world. Will Pelu finally gain the confidence to woo a bride? Can Pelu finally find a girl willing to stick around long enough to have his baby?

Artist Junko Mizuno unleashes her unique graphic storytelling sensibilities on a tale that’s frequently adorable, sometimes grotesque, and surprisingly moving.

Junko Mizuno is a Japanese artist known for mixing the adorable with the abhorrent. Born in Tokyo, she rose to acclaim with the publication of her original manga, Pure Trance. Mizuno has written and illustrated several subsequent books, and she regularly creates rock posters for cult bands like The Melvins and The Swans.

Mizuno’s style has been called “gothic kawaii,” because her dark themes are often cloaked within cute visuals. In addition to books and posters, her art has been made into clothing, housewares, designer toys and Swarovski crystal figurines. Mizuno exhibits her work internationally, and she is a frequent guest at comic conventions worldwide. Junko Mizuno currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Find out more at



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

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

Paula Scher Makes a New Window

Paula Scher on designing the Windows 8 logo:

Meeting with Microsoft early in the development process, Scher asked: “Your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?”

The answer is the brand started as a window, but over the years, as computing systems grew more powerful and graphics more complex, evolved into a flag. Scher made the assumption that the waving flag was probably a result of typical industry comments that a plain window looked too static, and that straight lines were too severe.

“I think the waving flag was meant to be a flag in perspective,” says Scher. “All of the clichés of technology design are based on the idea that icons should look dimensional like product design that tech designers call ‘chrome’––look at the iPhone interface where everything has gradation and drop shadows.”

The new identity returns the logo to its roots. The name Windows was originally introduced as a metaphor for seeing into screens and systems and a new view on technology. The new identity reintroduces this idea with the actual visual principles of perspective. It also reflects the Metro design language developed by Microsoft for its products, graphics and user interfaces.

Check Scher out:

Make it bigger / Paula Scher – NC998.5.A1 S34 2002

Graphic design portfolio : how to make a good one / Paula Scher. – NC1001.S34 1992

Left, right, up, down : new directions in signage and wayfinding / ed. by TwoPoints.Net ; interview with Paula Scher by Martin Lorenz – NC1002.S54 L44 2010

Paula Scher : maps : paintings, installations, drawings and prints / Paula Scher – ND237.S4216 A4 2011