On Tuesday, June 22, book lovers and designers gathered together at the Westside Gallery to celebrate the winners and finalists of The Strand Tote Bag Design Contest. Handing out the awards and prizes were Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Masterpiece Comics creator R. Sikoryak, New Yorker art editor Francoise Mouly and Strand Book Store owner Nancy Bass Wyden.
All 20 of the finalists (including four members of the SVA community) received a $20 gift card to The Strand, along with the winning tote. The three winners shared prizes that included a $100 Think Coffee gift card and graphic novels from Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics and TOON Books. Additionally, all of the winners and finalists will have their work on display in the Westside Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street, through Monday, July 5.