First launched in 1984, Strapazin is a Swiss-based, German language comics magazine focused on the underground and independent scenes. The aesthetic of the work selected is often defined by expressive, gestural drawings filled with motion and energy. Notable Strapazin contributors include SVA’s own Gary Panter and David Sandlin, as well as Daniel Johnston, Le Dernier Cri and Julie Doucet.
The SVA library has 25 issues of Strapazin from June 1994 through the current issue.
Since 1985 Airbrush Action has been teaching artists how to satisfy clients that go in for the Kenny Powers aesthetic. This fine magazine includes tips, tricks, step-by-step how-to’s, competitions, and interviews with airbrush artists. Seemingly every variety of airbrushed material is covered: t-shirts, cars, trucks, buses, helicopters, giant lobster statues, magazine ads, snowmobiles, pre-photoshop photo retouching, medical illustration, toy packaging graphics, fake marble walls, leotards, pleather jackets, bowling pins, bicycles, caricatures, fingernails, hair, prosthetic puppets, and fine art paintings.
The SVA library has nearly all of the Airbrush Action magazines released between 1988 and the present. Feast your eyes.
Your new, beloved Communications Arts Advertising Annual has arrived in your beloved library. You will peruse this issue heavily, both because it interests you and because you’ve been instructed to do so by your instructors. Below, enjoy the cover, the table of contents, and a sneak peak at pages 102 and 103.
We have a nearly complete run of Communication Arts starting with v. 1, n. 2 (September 1959).
We continue our pictorial lead up to Halloween with a bit of the beastly. In the Monsters and Devils folder you will find 93 images. Below we offer, like so many virgins on a satanic alter table, a sampling. Please enjoy the smooth electro stylings of the Electric Hellfire Club while you peruse them.
We have over 700 film stills spread throughout 37 “Film – Stills” subcategories in the Picture Collection. These folders are sub-categorized alphabetically, but there are also a hand-full of films that have their own folders: Alien (1979), The Birds (1963), Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Clash of the Titans (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982-), Eraserhead (1977), Forbidden Planet (1956), Salem’s Lot (1979), Star Trek (1979-), Star Wars (1977-), Superman (1978-), The Thing (1951 & 1982), Wizard of Oz (1939). etc. Inside these folders you will find production stills, still-frames from the film, behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews with crew members, and segments from articles which once appeared in such acclaimed publications as Cinefantastique. Below are a few scary film stills, just in time for Halloween.
Samantha Eggar in The Brood, 1979
The Thing, 1982
Ghost Story, 1981
Ghost Story, 1981
The Funhouse, 1981
Tippi Hedren in The Birds, 1963
The Birds, 1963
Creature From the Black Lagoon, 1954
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Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone, 1984
Scenes from Dawn of the Dead, an incredibly gory reprise of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, made by Tom Savini.
Middle: Romero directs actor David Bartholomew (right) who got to be a ghoul for a day.
Photography: Jody Caravaglia
From far away a colony, or cloud of bats is a blur of fluttering black specks. A bat’s face up close is a scrunched up wrinkly big-nostriled wonderfully weird thing. A real bat is gone in a blink but in the picture collection there are 39 bat pictures (under Animals – Bats) that you can look at as long as you want; and they probably will not fly away.