This is just a quick tease to let all the extremely serious BATMAN Fans out there know that in the Fall 2017 issue of the CBLDF DEFENDER Magazine the Designer Chip Kidd will be sharing news about his next big “Batman-related” project he is working on! This issue hits newsstands in September and you can always view the magazine for FREE online at this LINK. Stay tuned for more info.
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In this episode, the CBLDF PODCAST speaks with cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets, Blubber) about his career, his work, and his early inspirations. We discuss reactions to his work and controversies therein, and his personal views on mature content in comics and elsewhere.
Topics: Heavy Metal, Steve Ditko, Katy Perry, Grindhouse Cinema, Classics Illustrated
In support of our ongoing educational work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is now part of the audio-sphere! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival materials, the CBLDF PODCAST will be a monthly event, from our keyboards to your ears. The CBLDF PODCAST is made possible in part by a donation from the Neil Gaiman Foundation and member support.
This is just a quick teaser-announcement about a brand-new book on the Book Cover Design Work by Designer Chip Kidd. Later this year, in the fall, Rizzoli has plans to unleash Chip Kidd Book Two: Work 2007-2017, with introductions by Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman and Orhan Pamuk!
You can see the front and back book cover designs up above and then for people unfamiliar with why this is “Book Two” here is an example of what the first book in the series, “Chip Kidd Book One: Work 1986-2006” looks like:
Please stay tuned to this website for more information as the book gets ready to appear in bookstores… we’re super excited!
Amazon Studios recently announced that a six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel “GOOD OMENS” will debut in 2018.
Neil Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as the show-runner.
The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.
“Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons…” Gaiman said. “Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”
You remember Comic Sans. You know, that irreverent, off-kilter font that came pre-programmed on 90’s versions of Microsoft Word? In fact, you probably have very strong feelings about that font. Here’s the story behind the most polarizing font ever made.
In the latest issue of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s DEFENDER Magazine, CBLDF talked with Preacher writer, and sometimes controversial scribe, Garth Ennis about censorship, politics, and more. It’s a really great issue!
CBLDF DEFENDER #8 (Winter) also features a cover by the inimitable and gone-too-soon Steve Dillon. They also take a look back on CBLDF’s three decades of protecting comics, including the biggest censorship stories of 2016.
DEFENDER Magazine is Distributed for FREE by Support from Readers Like You and The Gaiman Foundation, Thanks!
Chip Kidd recently did a quick interview with Susanna Baird for SPINE Magazine. You can tell she really had an interest in the subject because her questions were very insightful and thought provoking. The main focus was Haruki Murakami’s latest book titled, “Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa” (Knopf). The cover, and the book itself, were designed by Chip Kidd (cover shown up above).
Then, they sort of delve into Chip’s career and new projects coming out soon like Gengoroh Tagame’s new graphic novel, My Brother’s Husband (Pantheon); Batman: Black and White sketch covers book to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; and in the fall, Chip Kidd Book Two: 2007-2017 (Rizzoli, with introductions by Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman and Orhan Pamuk).
Here’s a quick post to share a nice video of a book review done by a YouTuber named chekherjoy for Rokudenashiko’s book, “What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy ” (Koyama Press). The book was edited by Graham Kolbeins, translated by Anne Ishii and the book cover was designed by Chip Kidd.
This year Chip Kidd is teaming-up again with Penn State University to support their Breast Cancer Research Program that they call PINK ZONE. As a way to raise funds for this wonderful organization Chip has agreed to design a book cover for the lucky person who wins the contest over at the CHARITY BUZZ website.
Just click the link to add your bid, or you can DONATE any amount directly to PINK ZONE by clicking here… Thanks!
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning illustrator MAIRA KALMAN designed the official celebratory poster for National Poetry Month, April 2017. Each year the organization distributes a poster free-of-charge to over 100,000 schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide for their April celebrations.
Known to draw from her own life story and all of its absurdities, Kalman was selected by renowned graphic designer Chip Kidd on behalf of the Academy of American Poets.
“Maira Kalman is the perfect choice to create the National Poetry Month poster,” said Chip Kidd. “She is the John Ashbery of painted illustration, whimsical and haunting, but with more dogs and pastry. Which is always a good thing.”
National Poetry Month, created and organized by the Academy of American Poets, is the largest literary celebration in the world with millions of people celebrating poetry in their communities each April.
The Academy of American Poets provides special lesson plans for teachers during the month, promotes local events, and distributes the official National Poetry Month poster through partnerships with the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. The poster is also available for free upon request on the organization’s website, Poets.org.
The Art Director and Graphic Designer Chip Kidd recently sat down with the reporters over at the BLACK HOOK Japanese Culture Blog to discuss some of his current design work. Since the website comes from Japan their main focus was what is it like to work the Japanese Author, Haruki Murakami (The Strange Library & Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage) and Manga Artist, Gengoroh Tagame (The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame).
They also discuss Chip Kidd’s “Batman Book” on the Art of Jiro Kuwata titled, Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan. Plus, Chip also gets an opportunity to mention some future book projects in the works.
Black Hook did an amazing job with this interview and YOU can read it right now by clicking HERE!
Pantone, the reference for professional color standards in the design world, has declared a fresh, “zesty yellow-hue” of “Greenery” the Color of the Year for 2017.
Pantone 15-0343 is described as a “life-affirming” shade of green foliage, grass and green apples that evokes the first days of spring and the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.
“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the re-connection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
Greenery follows Serenity and Rose Quartz, which were the colors of 2016.
“The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” said Eiseman.
“Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.”
Over at the CREATIVE BLOQ website they recently shared a post titled “10 Famous Designers’ Portfolios and What You Can Learn From Them” and the really cool thing is that Chip Kidd made the list! I mean, seriously, it’s a great honor because the list of names also includes: Susan Kare, Peter Saville, April Greiman, Kate Moross, James Victore, Debbie Millman, Stanley Donwood, Jon Burgerman, and Jessica Hische!
Oh yeah, and they shared an awesome screenshot of our website (shown up above), thanks Dudes!
Hey, here’s some pretty cool “Chip Kidd” news! The GQ INDIA Magazine website recently added Chip’s book, “GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design” (Workman) to their official list of the “TEN BEST BOOKS ON DESIGN of 2016”. Oh man, that is SO freakin’ awesome! Thanks GQ!!
A friend emailed me the other day saying that the official QUOTE ADDICTS website was going crazy with memes themed around the “idea of wise words about graphic design”. One of the designers who made the list was Chip Kidd. So, I thought I’d post a few of them here for fun. Their site has many more so please be sure to check them out sometime. OK, HERE WE GO!