2016

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Free #CBLDF DEFENDER Magazine #7 – Fall 2016 BLACK PANTHER Cover!

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  • September 21, 2016

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CBLDF DEFENDER is a free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! You can find it on sale at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and for free at CHIPKIDD.com. It is also always available (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!

In this new issue we get a behind the scenes look at Marvel’s hit reincarnation of Black Panther with artist Brian Stelfreeze, who shares his thoughts on working with author Ta-Nehisi Coates, the history of Black cartooning, and the state of free expression! Plus a preview of Banned Books Week, a look at cartoonists who lived in fear of obscenity charges, and all the latest news from CBLDF.

Click the PDF File down below to read the full issue for free… right now!

 


 

THE TWEEKS Interview Betsy Gomez About Banned Books and the #CBLDF

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  • September 7, 2016

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At San Diego Comic Con, THE TWEEKS spoke with Editorial Director, Betsy Gomez from the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND about why people try to ban books and had her show us some of their resources available to help those who find their reading rights are being taken away. So, Please be sure to check out the video down below!

Also, For More Information Be Sure to Visit the CBLDF Today!

 

 


 

 

SUPPORT THE CBLDF – Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN OVERTURE Wins the Hugo Award and Signed Copies are Available!

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  • September 1, 2016

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First off, we would love to congratulate Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, who received the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story for their work on Sandman: Overture!  Wow, that’s so cool! The book is really great and the award is very well deserved. We also wanna share the information that YOU can get a signed copy autographed by Neil Gaiman himself through the CBLDF Online Store. 

Now, what does CBLDF mean? It’s the “Comic Book Legal Defense Fund” and it’s a non-profit organization that fights censorship in the comic book and graphic novel community. Neil Gaiman is the Advisory Board Co-Chair and a Board of Directors alumnus at CBLDF and has been a long-time supporter of their mission to preserve and protect the First Amendment.

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As a side note, they have many other Neil Gaiman-signed books there and many other novels by a variety of comic book creators: Frank Miller, Paul Pope, Brian Azzarello, Gene Luen Yang, Jim Lee, Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, and many many more!

Here’s a LINK to check them out, or just CLICK HERE!

 

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SELECTED SHORTS Podcast – HEROES AND VILLAINS: a Reading by Chip Kidd & Others

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  • August 4, 2016

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In this recent SELECTED SHORTS podcast episode guest host Hope Davis introduces three tales about heroes, heroism, and challenge. The stories were performed at Symphony Space in New York City and were performed, in this order, by Chip Kidd, Aya Cash, and David Strathairn. Enjoy.

 

 


 

 

Free #CBLDF DEFENDER Magazine #6 – Summer 2016

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  • July 28, 2016

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CBLDF DEFENDER is a free quarterly news magazine coming to you from the front lines of the fight for free speech! You can find it on sale at comic book stores across the nation, on comiXology, and for free at CHIPKIDD.com. It is also always available (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!

In this new issue we look behind the scenes of the runaway hits Lumberjanes and Nimona with an in-depth interview with Noelle Stevenson! Cartoonists are behind bars for making comics — CBLDF examines their plight. Plus a preview of our upcoming history of the women who changed free expression in comics, tips for engaging kids in summer reading with comics, and all the latest news from CBLDF.

Click the PDF File down below to read the full issue for free… right now!

 


Dumb Questions for Smart Designers – AR Design Interviews Chip Kidd

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  • July 28, 2016

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We just wanted to give a quick shout out and thank you to the guys over at AR DESIGN for their awesome interview with book designer Chip Kidd. It was a lot of fun and they actually asked some very very good questions! Here’s a LINK, go check it out!!

 

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Brooklyn Book Festival and Chip Kidd Debut Official Poster Art #BKBF

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  • July 28, 2016

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The Brooklyn Book Festival, #BKBF, New York City’s largest free literary festival, has unveiled two new custom images created by award-winning graphic designer and writer Chip Kidd. From posters to totes to online portals and social media streams, the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival will introduce branded elements featuring Kidd’s colorful urban design: the image of a young woman reading a book emblazoned with the Brooklyn Bridge.

“A rock star of book design, [Chip Kidd] is the perfect artist to articulate the vibe of New York City’s hip, smart and diverse book festival,” said Carolyn Greer, co-producer and president of BKBF.

“As a fan (and past participant) of the Brooklyn Book Festival, it was an honor to be asked to create the image for its first art poster,” Kidd said. “My thinking was this: just as books are gateways to amazing places, characters and ideas, the Brooklyn Bridge is such a gateway to one of the most vibrant, diverse and enthralling places on Earth. So I decided to combine the two. Having gotten my professional start in Brooklyn 30 years ago, it is thrilling to contribute this way to one of its most extraordinary cultural celebrations.”

BKBF attracts tens of thousands from around the world to experience spirited discussions between emerging and iconic writers and a lively Literary Marketplace. This fall’s week-long festival begins on Sept. 12 with five weeknights of literature themed “Bookend” programs presented all over New York City. BKBF Children’s Day is Saturday, Sept. 17 and will feature theatrical performances, a dueling draw-off, workshops, picture book and young readers stages and a Literary Marketplace just for kids are all part of the day’s celebration of childhood reading.

The flagship 14-stage BKBF takes place Sunday, Sept. 18. On festival day, 300 writers of beloved works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels will participate in panels, readings and other creative performances of their work.

This year, the festival includes Margaret Atwood, with her first graphic novel, as well as Chester Brown, Phoebe Gloeckner, Sarah Glidden, Kyle Baker (in his first return to BKBF since its beginning), Faith Erin Hicks, George O’Connor, Ben Katchor, Marjorie Liu and MariNaomi, among other prominent artists. This makes it all the more fitting that an artist so deeply involved in comics and graphic arts undertake BKBF’s first festival image.

 

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For more information please visit the Official BKBF Website, just CLICK HERE!


JUNE 11th – Hear CHIP KIDD Speak at the 2016 PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST in Chicago!

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  • June 7, 2016

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PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST!
June 11th – 12th, 2016

Location: Chicago, IL.

Be sure to hear Chip Kidd speak on Saturday, June 11th at the 2016 PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST!

Chip Kidd will be joining Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune film critic) for a discussion in the Harold Washington Library Center (Multipurpose Room) on Saturday, June 11th from 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Tickets for this event will be required and they go on sale now! 

The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printers Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

For more information, and to order your tickets, just CLICK HERE!

Hold on, as a quick side-note and an extra bonus please check out this Podcast Interview with Chip Kidd as he talks with Wendy Snyder & Bill Leff on WGN RADIO!

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Chip Kidd’s ART OF #PEANUTS Book Has Been Nominated For a 2016 Eisner Award! #SDCC

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  • May 25, 2016

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Here’s a quick shout out to Abrams ComicArts for their recent nomination into the 2016 EISNER AWARDS which will be held at the San Diego Comic-Con International!

They were included in the “Best Publication Design” section for their new book, Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts, designed by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear.

 

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The other publishers and publications in this category include:

  • Beyond the Surface, designed by Nicolas André, Sam Arthur, Alex Spiro, and Camille Pichon (Nobrow)
  • The Eternaut, designed by Tony Ong (Fantagraphics)
  • Eventually Everything Connects, designed by Loris Lora, Sam Arthur, Alex Spiro, and Camille Pichon (Nobrow)
  • King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate, designed by Dean Mullaney (IDW/LOAC)
  • Sandman Gallery Edition, designed by Josh Beatman/Brainchild Studios (Graphitti Designs/DC)
  • Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts, designed by Chip Kidd (Abrams ComicArts)

 

FREE ONLINE GRAPHIC DESIGN CLASS with Debbie Millman, Chip Kidd, Julie Anixter, Marc Ekco, and Veronika Scott #CreativeLive

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  • May 25, 2016

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CreativeLive has partnered with HOW Design Live to bring you a selection of keynotes from the 2016 HOW Design Conference in Atlanta, GA!

Special Keynote speakers this year included Debbie Millman, Chip Kidd, Julie Anixter, Marc Ekco, and Veronika Scott.

Now, they have taken this spoken material and turned it into a FREE online class. A few of the things you get are:

  • 5 Video lessons in HD
  • Lifetime access, anywhere, anytime
  • Streaming and downloadable files
  • Available on desktop, mobile and tablet

CLICK HERE for more details but please remember you need to sign-up quick!!


 

 

 

#SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO Opens April 23, 2016 with First Exhibition, My Favorite #Peanuts

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  • March 31, 2016

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The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and Sony Creative Products Inc. have announced that the SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO will be opening its doors on April 23, 2016 in Roppongi, Tokyo. This temporary museum, which will be open for two and one-half years, is the first outside of the United States dedicated to the art of Charles M. Schulz, with its founding museum—Charles M. Schulz Museum—located where Schulz lived in Santa Rosa, California.

 

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My Favorite Peanuts, the first of five rotating exhibitions organized by staff at the Charles M. Schulz Museumfeatures an engaging selection of approximately 60 original comic strips specially selected by Jean Schulz, the wife of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. These strips reflect her favorite themes in Peanuts. The exhibition also includes personal gifts she has received from fans over the years. Also, as a side note, we wanna mention that Designer Chip Kidd will be designing the promotional material for this event.

Each of the rotating exhibitions offers a unique experience where visitors can view original comic strips, early works by Charles Schulz, vintage merchandise, and other valuable artifacts from the collection of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Snoopy Museum Tokyo’s museum store, named BROWN’S STORE, features products specially designed for the Museum.

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Also, CAFE BLANKET will offer Peanuts-inspired food and drinks.

snoopy-museum-tokyo-japan-peanuts-cafe-blanketGeneral Information:

Name: Snoopy Museum Tokyo
Open: April 23, 2016 – September 2018
Address: 5-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Management: Sony Creative Products Inc.
Satellite Museum of: Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
Website: http://www.snoopymuseum.tokyo/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snoopymuseumtokyo/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snoopymuseumtokyo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/snoopy_m_tokyo/

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#PRINT Magazine Spring Issue to Feature CHIP KIDD on the Cover!

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  • March 31, 2016

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Print‘s Spring 2016 issue takes a dive into the largest design capital of the world: New York City and Designer Chip Kidd is featured on the cover! This issue takes an exclusive look into the lives of design celebrities – from James Victore to Timothy Goodman, Jessica Walsh to Stefan Sagmeister. And then ask yourself: what makes a designercelebrity? And is there a difference between “celebrity” and “fame?”   All of this PLUS the winners of the Typography & Lettering Awards, the History of Helvetica and a Sneak Peek at Seymour Chwast’s Next Exhibit.  

Oh yeah, and did we mention Chip Kidd is on the cover? Ha! Hey, this is a huge honor and we’re really proud of this, it’s very fun and so cool to be on a national magazine! Down below are some “behind the scene” events from the photo shoot. You can see Debbie Millman doing a bit of art directing and the official photographer for the project was Brent Taylor of CMS Photo.

 

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For a more in-depth look at the “behind the scenes” shenanigans please CLICK HERE!

To order this issue online, in both printed paper and digital download format, please CLICK HERE!

FEATURES:

  • The Hollywood Issue: New York: Print presents a photo essay celebrating 56 of New York City’s most influential, classic and cutting-edge creatives working today.
  • A New York State of Design: How did the Big Apple become the world’s premier design hub–and does it still hold the title?
  • Self-Image: Six New York firms reflect on their identities–proving that the process of creating and maintaining a branded look is anything but identical
  • The Unexpected Cartographer: Discover distortion and opinion in the mind-bending, massive maps of Paula Scher

 


 

Chip Kidd’s JUDGE THIS Book by #TED Talks is Getting the “Foreign Language” Treatment!

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  • March 28, 2016

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Here’s a quick post to share some really fun book publishing news concerning one of Chip Kidd’s latest books, JUDGE THIS (TED Books). It seems that the Publisher, Simon & Schuster, is going completely crazy with translating this book into countless special “foreign language” editions. Here are a few fun examples:

 

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So far we have seen Italian, Greek, Turkish, French, Japanese and many other languages that we can’t even recognize ( yes, my intelligence is limited, ha ha). Here are a few examples shown here and once we get a more comprehensive list we will make them more available. Also, just doing a quick scan over at Amazon we found out they have the English and Italian versions available on their “American” site. Here’s some links:

 


 

New Colors, New Stories: Graphic Designer Chip Kidd on Pantone’s 112 New Graphics Colors

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  • March 10, 2016

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Anyone with an interest in Graphic Design knows all about the PANTONE™ Coloring System. They are the industry standard for COLOR relating to print. For those unfamiliar with Pantone we have included a video at the very bottom of this post that gives a brief history.

But, back to the main issue. This year the Pantone company made a major announcement that they will be adding 112 new colors to their color palette. To introduce these new colors they created three promo videos which feature stories on some well known Graphic Designers who all explain what “color means to them”. Chip Kidd was among the list:

 

 

That was a fun video, right? Now check this out. Pantone sells their product in 3 new formats:

The first one is what they call COLOR CHIPS. This is a book with small color chips they can be torn-out to add along to your design work. They help Printers make sure every color is exact.

The next format is their standard FORMULA GUIDE. This is a fan-like color palette which expands to show different color chips. It’s a solid unit.

Then, there’s a thing that’s kinda new called COLOR BRIDGE. This is the standard Formula Guide with another guide that shows what these colors will look like when displayed on the web. This is a very important resource for Web Designers.

For more information on all the amazing new colors, and PANTONE Products in general, please be sure to visit their official WEBSITE.

 

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