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DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Week 4 Continues with More Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 28, 2015

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Here’s some exciting news for comic book fans! DC Comics is releasing all of the brand-new “Week 4″ issues of their CONVERGENCE storyline today, April 29th, 2015. In other words, IN STORES NOW!! Here are all the variant covers that were created by Book Designer Chip Kidd.

For non-comic book collectors: “Variant Covers” are book covers that are published along with the regular issue. In other words, you have a choice to buy the comic book with it’s normal cover or buy a special one with a unique cover. The contents are the same, it’s mostly just a cover variation and they do it to celebrate a certain Artist or Graphic Designer.

 

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DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Week 3 Continues with More Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 22, 2015

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Here’s some exciting news for comic book fans! DC Comics is releasing all of the brand-new “Week 3″ issues of their CONVERGENCE storyline today, April 22nd, 2015. In other words, IN STORES NOW!! Here are all the variant covers that were created by Book Designer Chip Kidd.

For non-comic book collectors: “Variant Covers” are book covers that are published along with the regular issue. In other words, you have a choice to buy the comic book with it’s normal cover or buy a special one with a unique cover. The contents are the same, it’s mostly just a cover variation and they do it to celebrate a certain Artist or Graphic Designer.

 

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Love Comic Books & Hate Censorship? Join the #CBLDF Today!

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  • April 22, 2015

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Comic Book Fans and readers of Graphic Novels know that there are times when these forms of art are under attack. Yes, censorship still exists for comics in 2015! The leading non-profit organization against this is the Comic Book legal Defense Fund. Also known as “CBLDF“.

We would also like to mention that this year’s new logo was drawn/created by the Cartoonist, Michael Cho. Here’s what he had to say, 

“I support the CBLDF because freedom of expression is a fundamental requirement for the creation of art. I take it for granted sometimes but, when I encounter examples of censorship, I am grateful for the organizations that stand in solidarity with artists against the forces that want to take that freedom away from us.”

One way you can join the fight and help protect these books are by joining the CBLDF. They have many different levels of membership and shown down below are just a few of the cool pieces of merchandise they offer members. Check out this T-Shirt and Coffee Mug! They’re cool but they also have other T-Shirts, Artist-Signed Books, Vinyl Stickers, Canvas Tote Bags, etc… So, PLEASE JOIN TODAY!

To show your support, just CLICK HERE!

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JURASSIC WORLD – Official Movie Trailer Video (Global Version)

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  • April 22, 2015

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on the novel “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. We should mention that the JP logo was created by the Graphic Designer, Chip Kidd.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

Check Out the New JURASSIC WORLD Movie Poster!

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  • April 20, 2015

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Check out this extremely cool image of a new movie poster that just premiered around the world! This is for the JURASSIC WORLD film coming to theaters on June 12, 2015.  Now, why are we excited about it? Well, not only is this a super-great franchise and we can’t wait to see it, but the Designer Chip Kidd is very well known for creating the original “Jurassic Park” Logo and they are still using his design… OH YEAH!


 

Korean Version: GO! A KIDD’S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC DESIGN by #ChipKidd

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  • April 20, 2015

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Here’s some quick book publishing news we’re super excited to share! Chip Kidd’s book, “GO! A KIDD’S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC DESIGN” has now been translated into the Korean language for the retail book market of South Korea. Yeah, oh my god, how freakin’ cool is that!!?


 

DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Week 2 Continues with Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 15, 2015

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Here’s some exciting news for comic book fans! DC Comics is releasing all of the brand-new “Week 2” issues of their CONVERGENCE storyline today, April 15th, 2015. In other words, IN STORES NOW!! Shown here, up above and down below, are all the variant covers that were created by Book Designer Chip Kidd.

For non-comic book collectors: “Variant Covers” are book covers that are published along with the regular issue. In other words, you have a choice to buy the comic book with it’s normal cover or buy a special one with a unique cover. The contents are the same, it’s mostly just a cover variation and they do it to celebrate a certain Artist or Graphic Designer.

Anyways, “Week 1” featured the color CYAN BLUE and this week the covers have MAGENTA PINK! So, check ’em out!!

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Don’t Miss #CBLDF DEFENDER Magazine, in Stores TODAY!

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  • April 15, 2015

 

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The COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND is proud to announce that CBLDF Defender, a new free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech, is now available! You can find it at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and you can always get it for free at CBLDF.org!

Each issue of CBLDF Defender will bring engaging creator interviews, detailed analysis of current censorship news, and in-depth features that tell the story of the people fighting for the freedom to read! Neil Gaiman kicks off the first issue with an in-depth interview on his battles with censorship. We’re also taking you to the front lines, with news and analysis on the latest censorship battles raging in schools and libraries across the USA. Take a look at international cartoonist rights issues and the free speech fallout from the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Plus, a lively history of Bill Gaines, the U.S government, and the birth of the Comics Code!

Let’s take a look at the attack on reading and how CBLDF is working to fight censorship!

 

Download the PDF here. Interested parties may also subscribe directly, by mail, here.

CBLDF Defender is made possible with the support of The Gaiman Foundation and CBLDF’s Corporate Members — ABRAMS, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, BOOM! Studios, comiXology, DCBS, Diamond Comic Distributors, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Graphitti Designs, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Half Price Books, Random House, ReedPop, TFAW.com, Scholastic, SPX, and Valiant — and members like you. Thank you!


 

DC Comics’ CONVERGENCE Event Starts TODAY with Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 8, 2015

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Convergence Batgirl #1 – Stephanie Brown is struggling with whether she wants to return to the mantle of Batgirl, but an attack by Flashpoint-era Gorilla Grodd and Catwoman forces her to don the cowl once more. Written By: Alisa Kwitney, Artists: Rick Leonardi.

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DC COMICS’ “CONVERGENCE” HAS BEGUN!

On Wednesday, April 8th, DC Comics is starting a gigantic story line that spans every comic book title in their roster. It will be called “Convergence” and the basic plot is that Superheroes from various timelines will be battling for their version of reality’s place in DC’s multiverse.

The series will start in a special comic book simply titled, Convergence #1, and then that story line will continue inside every single character’s individual book. It’s gonna be EPIC!

The books will come out in a weekly basis and on April 8th there will be ten books to collect (we’re showing you all of them right here).

Now, the thing we would like to report is that DC Comics hired Book Cover Designer Chip Kidd to create ALL the “Variant Covers”! OK, now a few of you “non-comic book collectors” out there may be asking, “What is a Variant Cover”?

A simple explanation would be that the Publisher, DC Comics, every now and then, does this special thing for comic book collectors where they release a comic book with a regular “everyday” cover and then they also print another issue (exact same content) with a special “Variant” cover. The Variant usually features artwork from a well-known Artist who doesn’t normally work on that title.

Now, up above, we are sharing an example of this. The first picture shown is Chip Kidd’s variant cover for BATGIRL #1. The image below that shows what the regular “normal issue” looks like.

OK, check this out! Down below are all the other “Chip Kidd” covers coming out on April 8th. We are also posting a basic idea of the story line you will enjoy in each issue and also information on the Writers and Artists of each book. Also, please feel free to share these images with all your friends/family on your favorite social network. Thanks!

 

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Convergence Batman & Robin #1 – Trapped in one of Brainiac’s dome cities, Batman has to try and escape, as well as keep tensions between Damian Wayne and Jason Todd from spilling over. Written By: Ron Marz, Artist: Denys Cowan.

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Convergence Harley Quinn #1 – Is Harley Quinn ready to turn away from a life of normality when Poison Ivy and Catwoman draft her into a fight against Captain Carrot? Written By: Steve Pugh, Artists: Phil Winslade, John Dell.

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Convergence Justice League #1 – Supergirl, Zatanna, Vixen and Jade attend Jesse Quick’s baby shower, only to find themselves facing off against Flashpoint Aquaman in a battle to the death. Written By: Frank Tieri, Artist: Vicente Cifuentes.

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Convergence Nightwing and Oracle #1 – Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon find themselves finally united, only for their rekindling of romance to be interrupted by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Written By: Gail Simone, Artists: Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons.

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Convergence Speed Force #1 – The Flash family finds itself cut off from its powers at the worst time, as Flashpoint Wonder Woman attacks. Written By: Antony Bedard, Artists: Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons.

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Convergence Superman #1 – A powerless Superman is tasked with the defense of Gotham City, as well as his wife — the pregnant Lois Lane. Written By: Dan Jurgens, Artist: Lee Weeks.

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Convergence Atom #1 – Ray Palmer starts hearing voices in his head, leading him to believe he is going insane — and setting him down a path that will pit him against the mercenary Deathstroke. Written By: Tom Peyer, Artists: Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens.

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Convergence Question #1 – Two-Face finds himself battling another Earth’s Harvey Dent, turning to Renee Montoya to even the odds. Written By: Greg Rucka, Artist: Cully Hamner.

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Convergence Titans #1 – Starfire and Donna Troy go looking for Arsenal, after the loss of his arm and his daughter, and find something far worse than they anticipated. Written By: Fabian Nicieza, Artists: Ron Wagner, José Marzan.

 


 

TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Movie on Vintage Japanese #BATMAN TOYS Will Feature Exclusive CHIP KIDD Interview

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  • April 2, 2015

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Hello to all you vintage Batman toy collectors out there! Check out this new movie poster for the upcoming documentary, “Tokyo Toy Guy 2” by Yuji Ueda! This new film will contain more than 50 unexposed ultra-rare Japanese Batman toys, an exclusive interview with Chip Kidd in Dubai talking about his “100 Batman: Black & White Comic Book Covers” Project and there might even be an exclusive phone interview with the Manga Comic Legend, Jiro Kuwata! 

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The new movie will premier this year at Middle East Comic Con 2015, Paris Comic Con 2015 and hopefully other Comic Cons in the United States.  Here are some teaser trailers to enjoy. So, check them out!!

 

 


 

J. D. McClatchy Reads From Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf)

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  • April 2, 2015

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J.D. McClatchy is the author of eight collections of poetry including his latest book, Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, with a Book Jacket design by Chip Kidd). He has edited numerous other books, including The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, and has written a number of opera libretti that have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera and elsewhere. McClatchy teaches at Yale University and is editor of the Yale Review.

In this video we get a sample from Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf) performed by J. D. McClatchy at the HAMMER MUSEUM on February 26th, 2015.

 


 

San Diego Comic Con Announces Michael Cho as 2015 Souvenir Book Cover Artist

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  • April 2, 2015

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Comic-Con International revealed the art for this year’s Souvenir Book at a special event co-sponsored with the CBLDF. The event, part of Will Eisner Week, was held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on Wednesday, March 4. The CCI/CBLDF event was part of an ongoing series of education programs offered by the two organizations.

This year’s book features an incredible cover by illustrator Michael Cho (whose book, Shoplifter (Pantheon), was one of the best reviewed graphic novels of 2014), celebrating the legacy of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Eisner’s character debuted in 1940 as a Sunday newspaper supplement and in its heyday reached over 5 million readers each week.

The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a full-color, keepsake trade paperback that is published each year and given free to all attendees at the event (while supplies last). Comic-Con International 2015 will be held July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.


 

DESIGN MATTERS Debbie Millman’s Podcast Interview with Isaac Mizrahi

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  • April 2, 2015

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To launch the 10th season of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Isaac Mizrahi about why he loves fashion and why he does so many things outside of fashion.

 


 


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