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The Strand Tote Bag Design Contest

The Strand Book Store has partnered with the School of Visual Arts, TOON Books, Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics Books to host a tote bag design contest.

Beginning March 1, 2010, artists from around the world are invited to submit original illustrations featuring the Strand Book Store.

In June 2007, the Strand unveiled the first Artist Tote Bag: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman loaned his iconic Maus image for the first time ever to celebrate the Strand’s 80th birthday. The Strand then partnered with artists each year, including Adrian Tomine, Seth and Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty member R. Sikoryak, creating the Strand’s Artist Tote Series. Now, the Strand Book Store wants to give emerging artists the opportunity to have their artwork featured on a Strand tote bag.

Now, the Strand Book Store wants to give emerging artists the opportunity to have their artwork featured on a Strand tote bag.

Contest Dates

March 1-March 31, 2010

Design Requirements

  • The illustration must represent the Strand Book Store.
  • The illustration must include the artist’s signature, “Strand Book Store NYC” and “strandbooks.com” or a representation of the Strand logo (as seen on this page).
  • Size of Illustration: Artwork must be no larger than 11″w x 10″h.
  • Line Weight: Use a minimum of a 2 pt. rule.
  • Halftones: Must be at a 40 line screen or less, with percentages no less than 20% or greater than 60%.
  • No Trapping: If colors come in contact with each other they CAN NOT overlap.
  • Typestyles: Should be no smaller than 20 pt. on 15 oz. fabric with a minimum of 2 pt. rule. Do not use reverse type smaller than 22 pt. with a minimum line rule of 3 pt. Avoid serif typefaces! Their detail tends to get lost in the canvas.

Contest is open to all, aged 18 and above. The Contest is void where prohibited. Please see official rules below.


  • Françoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker & Editorial Director of TOON Books
  • Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning comic artist
  • Steven Heller, co-chair MFA Designer as Author Program, School of Visual Arts
  • R. Sikoryak, creator of the book, Masterpiece Comics
  • Adrian Tomine, author of the bestselling book, Shortcomings


Grand Prize

  • artwork on Strand tote bag, sold in store and online w/ attendant marketing-artist name on all materials
  • an afternoon with Françoise Mouly and staff at TOON Books offices
  • complete set of Drawn & Quarterly’s 2009 titles (value: $450)
  • a selection of new and recent Fantagraphics Books releases (value: $450)
  • complete set of TOON Books (value: $150)
  • $100 Think Coffee Gift Card
  • artwork featured in slideshow on partners’ websites

Second Prize

  • complimentary Continuing Education class at School of Visual Arts (value $470)
  • a selection of signed Drawn & Quarterly books (value $90)
  • “I Don’t Like to Read” TOON Books basket (value: $70)
  • a selection of new and recent Fantagraphics Books releases (value: $50)
  • $100 Think Coffee Gift Card
  • artwork featured in slideshow on partners’ websites

Third Prize

  • DaVinci Artist Supply Gift Card (value $300)
  • “Beginning Reader” TOON books basket (value: $70)
  • a selection of signed Drawn & Quarterly books (value $50)
  • a selection of new and recent Fantagraphics Books releases (value: $50)
  • $100 Think Coffee Gift Card
  • artwork featured in slideshow on partners’ websites

20 Finalists will receive a Strand tote bag filled with Fantagraphics & TOON Books gifts and a $20 Strand gift card.

r. sikoryak's tote for the strand!

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Alumni Update: John Kerschbaum


Illustration Alum John Kerschbaum (’88) recently sent along this email containing exciting and impressive news about his recent work:

I’m a Parson’s Illustration grad from 1988.  I thought I’d write and let you know about some recent work of mine.  I did some illustrations and a puzzle poster (jpeg attached) for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Family Map.  The poster just received an Honorable Mention in the American Association of Museums publications competition.  The map/poster is available for free at the main information desk at the Met.  It is also being turned into a jigsaw puzzle for their Christmas gift catalogue.  Also, my graphic novel Petey & Pussy, published by Fantagraphics this past November, has been nominated for a 2009 Eisner Award for best humor publication.


You can get your copy of Petey and Pussy here and absolutely stop by John’s website for more work and news.

Congrats to John on his accomplishments!

Humbug (Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee) at the Strand tomorrow


An Evening with HUMBUG at the Strand, April 14th!


In 1957, five artists — Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee and Jack Davis – hot on the heels of creating MAD magazine, pooled their money and their talent and entered into the creative, exuberant folly of a lifetime by creating the greatest satirical magazine of their careers. Join HUMBUG co-founders Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in a book signing and discussion about this historic publication with Fantagraphics Publisher and editor of the collected HUMBUG, Gary Groth. Attendees will also enjoy an exclusive screening of a documentary short film about the late Will Elder.


An Evening with HUMBUG
Featuring Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee in conversation with Gary Groth
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00PM
The Strand Bookstore
12th St. & Broadway,
New York, NY

Book Signing for Leah Hayes’ new book tomorrow!

WHAT: Book signing for Parsons Illustration Alum Leah Hayes‘ new graphic novel Funeral of The Heart.

WHERE: Spoonbill & Sugartown
218 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 7PM

Funeral of the Heart is Leah Hayes’ stylistic tour-de-force and graphic novel debut, featuring a series of short stories by Hayes and illustrated entirely using the otherworldly medium of scratchboard. Hayes creates a world of unease and ambiguity populated by obsessive characters, forlorn animals, and mysterious, inanimate objects; odd occurrences, unnerving deaths and unconventional but genuine love bind these characters and their stories together. In “The Bathroom,” a middle-aged couple discover a mysterious tunnel in their pool house after a neighbor’s child accidentally drowns in their pool — leading to an immaculate bathroom and another drowning. In “The Needle,” two sisters suffer the death of their grandmother as well as her possible resurrection at the hands of the woman with the needle.

The stories are hand lettered and juxtaposed against stark, highly stylized, graphically powerful, black and white images. Stories with titles like “The Bathroom,” “The Needle,” and “The Hair” may sound innocuous, but they aren’t fables that should be read to one’s children — unless your children enjoy being made uneasy by beautiful things.

Come out and support Leah, but if you can’t make it, the grab your copy of Funeral of the Heart over at Fantagraphics.

Illustration Faculty in the new Blab! Magazine

guarnaccia in blab!

Monte Beauchamp’s annual collection of comics, illustrations and graphic design is on the stands and it features two members of the Illustration Department’s finest–our very own chair, Steven Guarnaccia and full-time faculty member, Nora Krug–along with a host of other fantastic illustrators and designers.

From the official press release:

Blab! Vol. 18 delivers like nobody’s business, with a decided focus on the comic arts. Underneath the covers by Ryan Heshka are a slew of all-new comic stories: Mark Zingarelli reveals the “Chick’s Club Taboo”; Euro-comics sensation Paco Alcazar tells a Lynchian superhero tale called “Obedience”; Peter Kuper dishes on the bullies that dogged him as a youth in “Bully for You!”; “Sirens of Silence” is cover artist Heshka’s wordless depiction of a post-global disaster existence; Sue Coe presents the true tale of Coney Island’s “Topsy the Elephant”; underground legend Skip Williamson serves up “Daddy Was a Lady,” a portrait of legendary drag queen Rae Burton; Steven Guarnaccia returns with the story behind the man who created Miniature Golf in “Moe Greene’s Hole in One”; Mark Frauenfelder of boingboing.com fame contributes the comic strip “Juicemaker’s Dream.” This volume introduces amazing new talent to the pages of BLAB!: Travis Louie, Nora Krug, Mark Zingarelli, Travis Lamp and MORE!

krug in blab!

You can see other sample pages from the new issue here, and you can buy the new issue (as well as back issues) from the lovely folks over at Fantagraphics.

Congratulations to Steven and Nora!