MFAVN Holiday Marketplace: Find the Perfect Gift

With the holidays around the corner, find something special for your loved ones (or for yourself!) in this roundup of handcrafted items, books, and merch from our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

If you’re looking for an in-person holiday market, our community members will be selling at several events in New York City and Philadelphia:

For your next piece of art…

Handbound comic poem books, prints, and more by Susanne Reece

Love our header image? Purchase it for yourself at “Book, Paper, Scissors,” sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for the Book. Susanne Reece (class of ’20, current faculty member) will be there with comics, handbound comics poems books, stickers, and some framed cut paper illustrations perfect for your next read or art print.

Book, Paper, Scissors
Artists’ Books & Paper Crafts
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Free admission
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

Shiny sticker of a cat wearing a witch hat among plants and mushrooms

For lovers of all things cute…

Stickers and pins by Olivia Gehrke

Olivia Gehrke (’25) makes all kinds of cute merch featuring animals, plants, mushrooms, and more. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, she’s got you covered! Olivia’s online store also stocks zines, original paintings, and prints, plus some seasonally-appropriate offerings like a set of illustrated cocktail recipe cards and a collection of sweater weather illustrations.

A lover of all things spooky, cute, and kooky, Olivia Gehrke enjoys illustrating for children’s media and children’s books. She also creates stationery and apparel sold online and at storefronts around Atlanta.

You can find Olivia selling her wares at the upcoming Society of Illustrators Craft Fair:

SATURDAY, DEC 2, 10am-6pm
Society of Illustrators First-Ever Holiday Craft Fair
128 E 63rd St., NYC
Farebella Design at Table 8
Timed entry tickets and info available here


For the creative traveller…

A Travel Companion by Nadia DeLane

A Travel Companion is inspired by new sites, old memories, and travelers. This illustrated visually poetic guide takes the reader on a co-created journey of self-discovery and outward adventure. Filled with opportunities to add color, sketch, doodle, and write, A Travel Companion playfully encourages creativity, communion, and conversation.

Nadia’s online shop also features several prints and her digital zine Coif City, a culmination of fifteen years of inspiration from transnational coif culture.

Nadia DeLane (class of ’15, former faculty member) is a multimedia designer and creative consultant working in installation, film, print, and web. DeLane has consulted and produced content for companies and organizations including Stone Lantern Films, Turnstone Productions, and Exceptional Artists. Her work has been featured in print and online publications including AI-AP’s Design Arts Daily (DART).


For the comic book lover…

Boxed (Comixology Originals) by Mark Sable

Check out writer and faculty member Mark Sable’s new book Boxed. A government operative is tasked with taking quarantining or “boxing” sentient A.I. He’s forced to team up with his ex – and A.I. designed to seduce him – in order to take down an even greater threat: an A.I. who has taken over the Centers for Disease Control.

Mark Sable is a writer best known for his comics work. He’s written such characters as SPIDER-MAN for Marvel Comics and BATMAN for DC. His passion, however, is his creator-owned work, including GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, GROUNDED, FEARLESS and HAZED for Image Comics and UNTHINKABLE for Boom! Studios.


For the gym rat…

Church Street Boxing Gym Tees by Tony Chao

This collection for Church Street Boxing Gym was designed by trainer and illustrator Tony Chao (class of ’21). Looking to bring a colorful streetwear aesthetic to Church Street’s apparel, Tony created a series of illustrations that not only have a sense of action for boxing and Muay Thai but can also be seen as a fashionable art piece. These designs represent the beauty and versatility of combat sports and of all those who practice.

Tony Chao is an illustrator, designer and storyteller based in New York City. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Tony spent his formative years spending time in both Asia and the United States. His work draws heavy influence from Japanese Manga, European comics, and American cartoons, combining the aesthetics of both East and West. Tony enjoys action, science fiction stuff and imagining the end of the world.


For your horror film fanatic…

Kill Your Boyfriend: A 70’s Lesbian Vampire Film Zine by Maggie Vicknair

Discover your holiday read with this zine by Maggie Vicknair (class of ’21). In the 1970s, an explosion of horror films featuring sapphic bloodsuckers played around the world.  These films ranged from grindhouse excess to art house surreality. In this zine we look at eight films from the sub-sub genre and try to illuminated the patterns in these movies, in a lighthearted way, to see what they might say about queerness, feminism, and filmmaking, and maybe introduce a new audience to these goofy, gory, problematic, sexy movies. Includes eight black and white illustrations of the vamps themselves.

Maggie’s online shop features prints, zines, and enamel pins of classic horror film monsters.

Maggie G. Vicknair is a writer and artist who lives in New York City with her three-legged cat Marlowe. Her work often revolves around gothic horror, fairy tales, and messy women. She is currently selling her own writing, as well as horror themed pins and art.


For all things holiday…

Crafts from Ella Romero

Find something special for your Christmas tree or holiday card with these hand-crafted pieces from illustrator and designer Ella Romero (class of ’17). Ella will also be selling prints, zines, stickers, customizable ornaments, and open commissions at two craft fairs in New York in December:

SATURDAY, DEC 2, 10am-6pm
Society of Illustrators First-Ever Holiday Craft Fair
128 E 63rd St., NYC
Farebella Design at Table 8
Timed entry tickets and info available here

SATURDAY, DEC 9, 10am-4pm
Old Stone House Holiday Artisans Bazaar
336 Third Street, Brooklyn
Free entry