Category Archives: Collection Highlights

New School-wide Subscription to New York Times Online

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The SVA Library is pleased to announce a new school-wide subscription to the New York Times Online. Students, faculty, and staff now have full complimentary access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes mobile apps.*

We encourage you to take advantage of the world-class journalism of The New York Times to enrich your educational experience.

NYTimes.com covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to NYTimes.com is available from any location, on or off campus.

Activate your Pass for free access to NYTimes.com by clicking here and following the simple instructions.

You may also wish to view this short video.

The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com

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* Users must have a valid SVA email address. Mobile apps are not supported on all devices. Does not include e-reader editions, Times Premier content or digital versions of The New York Times Crossword. This program provides only select access to The New York Times Archive and does not replace database services to which your institution may currently subscribe. Other restrictions apply.

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Books to Improve Your Writing

Because art students have to write papers, too, here’s a sampling of books on writing at the SVA Library.  Need more help? Ask a Librarian!

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How to Write Anything by Laura Brown / PE1408 .B8573 2014

A practical guide to everything you’ll ever need to write—at work, at school, and in your personal life, including college essays, cover letters, sympathy notes, wedding toasts, and much more.

 

 

 

a08-1The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White / PE1408 .S772 2005

This much-loved classic will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principals of plain English, and Maira Kalman’s fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy.

 

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Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers by Laurie Rozakis / LB1047.3 .R69 1999

The experts at Schaum’s are at your service-ready to help you with concise, complete, step-by-step instructions that will make writing research papers a breeze, not a burden. The clear, concise guidelines and in-depth instruction in this book will show you how to write high-quality research papers that will help you succeed academically and in the professional world.

 

indexYour Research Project: A Step-by-Step Guide for the First Time Researcher by Nicholas Walliman / LB2369 .W26 2005

In this new edition of Your Research Project, Nicholas S.R. Walliman has made this bestselling book even better with the addition of a number of new features whilst retaining all the benefits of the original. New features include: more elaboration on the differing needs of masters and PhD students; a new overview of the entire research chronology from start to finish; student checklists throughout; a new chapter on research ethics; new sections on critical reading skills and compiling literature reviews; examples from a wide range of disciplines and a student glossary.

SVA Alumnus Lauren Castillo Receives Caldecott Honor

Alumnus Lauren Castillo (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay) has received a 2015 Caldecott Honor for her illustrated children’s book, Nana in the City, which she both wrote and illustrated.

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About Nana in the City: “In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, and beauty of the city.”

Named after 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott awards recognize the most distinguished American picture books for children.

In related news, last year’s Caldecott Medal went to SVA alumnus Brian Floca (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay) for his critically-acclaimed children’s book, Locomotive.

Nana in the City, Locomotive, and other Caldecott-winning and honored books are available in the SVA Library.

This post originally appeared in SVA Close Up; it is republished here with permission.

On Creativity

Artists know creative inspiration can come from many places. Whether you’re looking for new inspiration, seeking a new perspective, or overcoming creative block,  these books from our stacks might be just what you’re looking for:

creativeblockCreative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists / Danielle Krysa – N71 .K78 2014

 

 

livingandsustainingLiving and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists / Sharon Louden – N40 .L58 2013

 

 

creativeworkshopCreative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills / David Sherwin – BF408 .S4486 2010

 

 

thinkertoysThinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques / Michael Michalko – HD53 .M53 2006

 

 

showyourworkShow Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered / Austin Kleon – HF5381 .K5854 2014

 

 

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.

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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.

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 

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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

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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

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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

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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 www.mizuno-junko.com

 

 

Graphic Novels & Manga – NEW BOOKS

Incidents In The Night by David B. 

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L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist (Graphic Novel/Comics) 2013

Eisner Award Nomination (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)

In Incidents in the Night David B. sets out to explore the uncharted territories of overflowing and dusty shelves of Paris’ legendary book shops. His journey quickly turns into an obsessive vision quest in pursuit of a mysterious nineteenth-century journal: Incidents In the Night. Mountains of books become sites of archeological digs as the author excavates layers of myth, fact and fiction in search of the elusive thread that links them all. Along the way he stumbles on fanatical Bonapartists, occult conspiracies and the angel of death.

David B. is one of France’s finest cartoonists and one of the co-founders of the legendary L’Association collective. He is the author a many books: The Armed Garden and Noctural Conspiracies, among many others. Epileptic was was awarded Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist.

“One of 10 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of the year.”—TIME

“In its obsession with bookstores and libraries, in its nested dreams and tale-tellings, in its straight-faced conflation of history and impossibility, and in the tone of pulpy detective yarns that pervades its final third, Incidents owes more than a bit to Jorge Luis Borges’s short stories.”—Douglas Wolk, Washington Post

 

Get Over It by Corinne Mucha 

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Most autobiographical comic books about past or present relationships are about the cute, funny bits of the daily interactions of the couple; when it ends, the breakup part is glossed over, as it is so dramatic and painful to portray in a comic. Corinne has put herself into this book, sharing her trauma after breaking up with her first love. It is reflective, bittersweet and authentic. I relate to her grieving process, her inner turmoil, her fear of not being happy and loved again. It’s the book I would have loved to read years ago, when I was going through my own breakup; maybe it would have helped me to heal sooner, knowing that someone as awesome and creative as Corinne had survived and created something beautiful about it. -Beatriz Torres

Everyone should read this after a breakup. You will probably want to read it once a week for awhile. – Nicole

 

A Body Beneath by Michael DeForge

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A Body Beneath collects issues two through five of Michael DeForge’s multi-award winning anthology Lose. DeForge’s singular vision reveals the menace in the mundane, the humor in the horrific. He has crafted a phantasmagoria of stories that feature a spider-infested pet horse head, post-apocalyptic dogs dealing with existential angst, the romantic undertones of a hired hit, and more.

Winner of the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series

Winner of the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist

Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as an effects, props, and character designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time.

Ant Colony by Michael DeForge

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A colony of black ants serves as a vehicle to examine the human condition in this stunningly accomplished graphic novel. As the denizens go about their ant-like activities—the males seek food, service the queen (depicted as a grotesque colossus), and wage war on a nearby red-ant colony, while the infertile females tend to the children—they fret, bicker, and gossip in a recognizably human fashion. A cataclysmic clash with the red ants results in the destruction of both colonies, with the fate of their civilization resting on a handful of survivors—a homosexual couple, a youngster imbued with strange powers of prophecy from inhaling earthworm particles, a cowardly cop who dodged the battle, and a baby red ant. The story’s conflation of the peculiar and the prosaic is reflected in DeForge’s artwork, which offsets a disturbingly bizarre drawing style, reminiscent of Mark Beyer but even more idiosyncratic, with straight-on camera angles and a nearly unvarying nine-panel grid. A quietly unsettling, masterfully realized work that marks DeForge—who has a handful of comic books and a stint as a designer on the Adventure Time animated series to his credit—as a leading figure in the alternative-comics scene. –Gordon Flagg from BOOKLIST

“With an unusual style that is equal parts adorable, grotesque, psychedelic, and earthy, DeForge tells an epic story . . . the hallucinatory imagery works wonderfully with the emotional honestly of the writing to make Ant Colony an outstanding spectacle with personality and depth.” —AV Club

“Every so often a book comes along that knocks you flat on your ass and makes you wonder where the hell you’ve been and why you haven’t seen anything like it sooner. Ant Colony is exactly that kind of book . . . an intensely charismatic, thoughtful, evocative little world that DeForge has filled with memorable characters, burning philosophical questions, and moments of true humanity that shine through the stylized thoraxes and angled antennae of his kooky creations. The year may be young, but I am confident when I say that this may just be the best graphic novel of 2014.” —Nerdist

What did you eat yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga 

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From award-winning author Fumi Yoshinaga comes a casual romance between two middle-aged men and the many meals they share together.
A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals! -From the publisher

Over the past decade few female comic artists have been as beloved or as recognized for their work internationally as Fumi Yoshinaga. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971, Yoshinaga is a graduate of Tokyo’s prestigious Keio University. A lifelong comic artist and story teller, she made her perfessional debut in 1994 with her short series, The Moon and the Sandals, serialized in Houbunsha’s monthly Boys Love anthology Hanaoto. Since her debut Yoshinaga has penned more than a dozen, with a good number of them having been adapted into motion pictures and animated TV series. Her work on Antique Bakery sent her into international fame and she has since been nominated in the United States for the Eisner Award for her titles – Flowers of Life and Ooku. In 2009 Yoshinaga was recognized with the James Tiptree Award for her literary contributions covering the topics of gender in speculative fiction in her title Ooku. Ouku also received the Osamu Tezuka Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award.