JOURNAL

CLICK HERE for FREE Online Issue of #CBLDF DEFENDER Magazine #8

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  • January 16, 2017

 

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!

 

 

Book Designer Chip Kidd Discusses Designing Haruki Murakami’s Absolutely on Music

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  • January 16, 2017

 

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 LINK, check it out! Thanks Susanna and SPINE MAGAZINE!

 

 

 

Video Book Review: What is Obscenity? by Rokudenashiko

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  • January 16, 2017

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Writers or Authors: Win a Book Cover Design by Chip Kidd!

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  • January 12, 2017

 

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!

 

 

 

MAIRA KALMAN Has Been Chosen to Create the 2017 National Poetry Month Poster!

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  • January 12, 2017

 

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.

 

 

 

BLACK HOOK Interviews Designer CHIP KIDD

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  • January 12, 2017

 

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 Announces “Greenery” as the Color of the Year for 2017!

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  • December 28, 2016

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

CREATIVE BLOQ: 10 Famous Designers’ Portfolios and What You Can Learn From Them #ChipKidd

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  • December 28, 2016

 

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!

 

 

 

GQ INDIA Magazine Adds Chip Kidd’s GO Book to 2016 TEN BEST BOOKS ON DESIGN List!

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  • December 28, 2016

 

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!!

 

 

 

 

 

QUOTE ADDICTS Showcases the Graphic Designer CHIP KIDD

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  • December 28, 2016

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Makes the NPR List of Best Graphic Novels of 2016

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  • December 28, 2016

 

Here’s a quick shout out to Pantheon Books and Author Sonny Liew who’s book, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, made the NPR “Best Graphic Novels of 2016” List. 

The cover is shown up above and down below is an example of some of the other books that made the list.  WOW, what an honor!! Thank you NPR.

 

 

 

 

 

TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Movie Clip – Chip Kidd Visits Rare #Batman Toy Shop in Japan!

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  • November 3, 2016

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If you’re a serious Batman Fan, or just love the character, then you totally have to check out this preview clip from the new TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Movie! This is a fun documentary series all about extremely RARE Japanese BATMAN TOY Collectors from all over the world.

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In this clip from TOKYO TOY GUY 2 we get to see Chip Kidd’s secret visit to Nakano Broadway where he was able to find some of the rarest vintage Japanese Batman toys from the 1960’s. Warning: The beauty of these toys will make you cry.

Both movies of this documentary series is available for purchase or rental at Vimeo on Demand:

TOKYO TOY GUY 1

TOKYO TOY GUY 2

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#CBLDF – Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

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  • November 3, 2016

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund just released one of their new publications and it’s titled, Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators. 

This new booklet provides comics creators with a valuable insider’s perspective on the library world and the systems librarians have to navigate to bring comics to their patrons. The handbook details the basics of public, school, and academic libraries, explains the collection development process, and offers suggestions for ways creators can collaborate with libraries in developing events and programs.

The CBLDF education program is made possible by The Neil Gaiman Foundation and CBLDF’s members.

You can download a FREE PDF Copy of “Working With Libraries!” Click Here!

You can also view Working With Libraries down below:

 


 

 

 

Dumb Questions For Smart Designers – Chip Kidd

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  • November 3, 2016

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The Dumb Questions For Smart Designers website finally got ahold of Chip Kidd and, like their name says, they asked him some really stupid questions.

Ha Ha, actually it was a lot of fun and most of the questions were kind of clever. You can read that INTERVIEW right here!

 


 

 

#PODCAST: Inside the New York Times Book Review

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  • October 25, 2016

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The world’s top authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week’s top books. They share what they’re reading and what’s going on in the literary world.

Beth Macy talks about “Truevine”; Calvin Trillin and Roz Chast discuss “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood”; and Molly Young on “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”

 

 


 

 


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