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Photograph of the risoLAB's booths at MOCCA fest.

RisoLAB at MoCCA 2023

This weekend, the RisoLAB will be at the Society of Illustrator’s MoCCA festival-a two day book/zine/print fair of illustration and comics-based work. We will have a Risograph on site, offering demos and short artist talks given by our former and current Artists-in-Residence, faculty, and staff, and will be selling work by previous Artists-in-Residence as well as faculty and staff, and the work of some of our student volunteers.

We hope to see you there!

MoCCA Arts Fest
April 1st and 2nd
Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-6
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th Street between 6th/7th Ave
New York, NY

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Cover of New Yorker magazine, large cartoon sneakers worn by a girl wearing green dress against a green background.

New Yorker cover printed at the RisoLAB

Cover of New Yorker magazine, large cartoon sneakers worn by a girl wearing green pants against a green background.

The New Yorker recently commissioned Sarula Bao, illustrator and RisoLAB technician to create a piece for the Spring Fashion issue of the magazine! The piece, entitled “Fresh Kicks”, was printed at the RisoLAB using our MF 9450U with System 2 colors. After testing different color combinations, Sarula printed the final version and scanned the print, sending a high resolution file to the New Yorker’s design staff. The piece was then printed using high volume offset printing, as was the rest of the magazine.

You can find an interview with Sarula Bao here, where she discusses her work, the Riso process, and her interest in art and fashion.


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Poster for

Printing the Future: The Riso Revolution

Printing the Future: The Riso Revolution
November 17th-December 22nd, 2022
32 Cooper Sq.
New York, NY

The SVA RisoLAB is thrilled to participate in Printing the Future: The Riso Revolution, a wide ranging Riso-focused gallery exhibition at dieFirma in NYC curated by RisoLAB co-founder, manager, and faculty member Panayiotis Terzis in collaboration with Book Dummy Press.

Current and former RisoLAB faculty, staff, and Artists-in-Residence are prominently featured in this exhibition, which includes works by Wren McDonald, Aidan Fitzgerald, Paul John, Andrew Alexander, Sarula Bao, Greg Foley, Ivy Zheyu Chen, Pixy Liao, Heesang Lee, and Panayiotis Terzis.


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RisoLAB at MoCCA Poster by Heesang Lee

RisoLAB at MoCCA

RisoLAB at MoCCA Poster by Heesang Lee

Poster by Heesang Lee


The RisoLAB will once again be participating in the Society of Illustrators’ MoCCA festival on April 2nd and 3rd along with the MFA Visual Narrative Program! This event brings together hundreds of small publishers and independent artists and collectives from the worlds of illustration, independent comics, zines and artist books. Since 2017, the RisoLAB has participated in this event in coordination with Riso, Inc. and our leasing company LDI. As always, we will have a Risograph duplicator on-site and will be inviting participants to try out the process for themselves, creating a two or three color print using the drums we have available. Our former Artists-in-Residence will be on-site to run demo printing sessions and help teach the process, and we will be selling print editions by AIRs created during their time at the RisoLAB.

Visit us at table A94, right by the entrance to the event! MoCCA will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 125 west 18th street in New York, NY. The event runs from 11-7 on Saturday April 2nd and 11-6 on Sunday April 3rd. For tickets and more information, please visit SOI’s general information site for the event.



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Visual Narrative & RisoLAB Spring Continuing Education Info Session

If you missed our Spring CE Info Session you can catch the recording of this event below. Hosted by RisoLAB co-founder and faculty member Pan Terzis, this virtual event featured RisoLAB faculty Aidan Fitzgerald, Wren McDonald, and Pan in addition to Visual Narrative faculty members Bob Walles, Susanne Reece, and Sarah Shaw. Registration is open for our Spring CE classes-find out more including links to sign up today at our courses page.

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RisoLAB featured in Design 360° Magazine

The RisoLAB was recently featured in the June 2021 issue of Design 360° magazine, a leading design publication based in Guangzhou, China! RisoLAB co-founder, faculty, and manager Panayiotis Terzis discussed Risograph printing in the context of art education, the history and impact of the SVA RisoLAB, and his own Riso printing and publishing practice, in English and Chinese translations. Scroll down to see the entire feature!

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Photo: RisoLAB Revival: Summer 2021

RisoLAB Revival: Summer 2021


After a long year, the RisoLAB team is thrilled to announce that we will reopen to the public for Lab Access on July 6th! Students who have previously completed in-person Continuing Education or Undergraduate courses or Graduate training workshops are eligible to sign up for access to the RisoLAB, including unlimited prints and masters and up to six hours of print time per week. COVID safety protocols will be in place, and capacity will be limited to five students in the RisoLAB at a time.

In-person, full semester Continuing Education and Undergraduate courses will be offered in the Fall semester. We will continue to offer our online RisoLAB Remote Series courses this summer, including our Design, Zine, and Mini Comics sections taught by Panayiotis Terzis and Wren McDonald.

Students who completed one of our online courses over the past year are eligible to sign up for a separate, follow up two day Boot Camp training course, which will cover all of the technical aspects of operating a Risograph Duplicator. This course includes six weeks of access to the RisoLAB, which can be applied to our six week summer semester, or a pre-scheduled six week section in an upcoming semester.

For more information about our summer classes and workshops as well as courses offered by the Visual Narrative program at SVA, you’re welcome to check out our recording of last week’s Visual Narrative Continuing Education Info Session below, or reach out to RisoLAB co-founder, manager and faculty member Panayiotis Terzis at

We look forward to seeing our long-standing RisoLAB community members and meeting students from our online courses in the near future!




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Hello World!

Welcome to the brand new RisoLAB website! To mark five years in existence, we decided that it was time that we had a site that truly matched the RisoLAB’s spirit, graphic sensibility, and community. We are immensely grateful to Sean Byrne, Mike McCarron, Tim McMahon, Rob Reed, and the rest of the team at 1Trick Pony for their brilliant development and design skills. 1TP worked closely with the RisoLAB to develop this site from scratch, after pouring over a care package of vivid and smudgy Riso-printed ephemera that we sent them. Our co-founder and faculty member Panayiotis Terzis provided the textures, assets, and printer’s marks you see throughout the site, which are brilliantly deployed as headers, footers, graphics, and filters across this platform.

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The RisoLAB Logo: An Evolution

When the RisoLAB first opened in September 2015, there was much work to do on the logistical front. How would the RisoLAB operate? Would we charge fees for hourly usage, or would students pay per print and master? (more…)

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Riso Circles Exhibition at SFSU

In the fall of 2019, the RisoLAB was invited by San Francisco State University student Maxwell Lohr and SFSU Faculty member Christensen to contribute Riso printed zines, books, editions, and ephemera to an exhibition on campus documenting and explaining the Risograph printing phenomenon. (more…)

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