Archive for August, 2015

Friday Hot Links

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.


Banksy’s “Dismaland”


The Dismalest Place on Earth (Colossal): Banksy builds a pop-up anti-biennial theme park. (via Kevin Brainard)

Time Capsule (WSJ): A photographer uncovers 1980s East Village photos. (via Steve Brodner)

Infinite Contest (The Paris Review): Open call for a new cover to Infinite Jest. (via Tristan Elwell)

Faculty Updates

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

We have some faculty updates to share! First, Redeen Literary Management revealed that Chronicle Books will publish President Squid, illustrated by Sara Varon of SVACE!  The book is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



Second, Joyce Wan shared advice on the Kidlit Summer School blog about ways to conclude a children’s book story.  Given all the attention she earned for The Whale in My Swimming Pool, her blog post is worth reading!

Finally, the astonishingly productive Steve Brodner published two great illustrations for this early election season.  He illustrated a story at Mother Jones about election ad tracking:  “As the race heats up, every device you own, from your laptop to your Apple Watch, will become a delivery vehicle for all manner of political messaging.”


Steve also roasted Donald Trump in this “hot air” portraitOFFICIAL-TRUMP-BALLOON700



Friday Hot Links

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.


Now I Know my ABCs (WIRED): Google’s goofy logo reflected a not-quite-mature web, Alphabet’s rational, bright red wordmark signals a growing-up phase. (via Kevin Brainard)

That’s Axe-ing a Lot (Creativity Online): Axe’s campaign splits target consumers into four segments, offering 25,000 permutations to each segment, or 100,000 in all. (via Mark Burk)

Fraterni-tea (Huffington Post): A tea ad in China depicts President Obama hugging North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (via Anni Irish)

Inking Dead

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Check out illustrations in Fast Company by Matt Rota, SVACE faculty member! Matt’s comics tell the story of the rise of The Walking Dead.



Student Artwork Update: Susan Conrad

Monday, August 10th, 2015

We’re proud to present SVACE student artwork by Susan Conrad! Susan has taken our Fine Arts courses taught by Peter Hristoff, Seth Michael Forman, Charles Yoder, and John Parks.  See Susan’s work in our display cases at 209 East 23rd Street until September 1st!


From her artist’s statement:

“Susan Conrad is an impressionistic, expressionistic, coloristic painter. Recently her painting has evolved into a more personal expression. She uses life events, emotions and story to produce internal landscapes that are joyful and disturbing, colorful and dark. Her art conveys transformation out of pain, isolation and fear into freedom, connectedness and hope. These diametrically opposing elements frequently occur simultaneously. Optimistic bright, happy colors and shiny metallics mix with uncontrolled, mysterious black or dark imagery. Without dark there can be no light. This interesting juxtaposition embodies the universal spiritual journey.”

See more of Susan’s work on her website, her Facebook page, and her Instagram page.