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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!

 

 

 

Check Out THE HISTORY OF BATMAN Podcast Interview with Designer CHIP KIDD!

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  • October 15, 2016

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This week, THE HISTORY OF BATMAN Podcast interviewed graphic designer and Batman writer Chip Kidd from New York Comic Con!

Londyn and his co-host, Mason Booker, talk with Chip about his journey into becoming a modern book jacket designer, his life-long fandom of BATMAN, and how he became part of the Dark Knight’s celebrated history with his book, “Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan” (Pantheon Books), exploring the lost art of the Batman Manga during the 1960s.

Listen in to this riveting interview as they talk all about Batman and the importance of the character’s visual evolution and design over the last 77 years.

Hear it all right here: Chip Kidd Interviewed by The History of the Batman with Londyn! Presented by Meltdown Comics!

 

 

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13th DIMENSION Interviews CHIP KIDD About His Obsession with #Batman Toys!

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  • December 19, 2015

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Dan Greenfield, a Reporter over at the always amazing 13th DIMENSION website, recently interviewed Chip Kidd about his obsession with collecting Batman toys and memorabilia. This “sickness” started at age 2 and has followed him his whole life.

Chip has actually written a few Batman-related books with some of them having a major focus on toy collecting, “Batman Collected” and “Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan”.  He also co-wrote a book on “BATMAN: The Animated Series” with Paul Dini which features a giant assortment of toy photos as well.

 

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Dan and Chip talk extensively about the character and all the fun artifacts that have revolved around the Caped Crusader. The article is also loaded with a lot of wonderful photos that were shot at Chip’s NYC apartment (We didn’t have space to share them all here). Some of these toys are so extremely cool and rare that they will totally make you cry, ha! Please CLICK HERE to check ’em out! Also, thanks Dan for a wonderful interview, well done Sir!

 

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Japanese #BATMAN Bat-Manga Tattoo Art Inspired by Jiro Kuwata!

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  • October 20, 2015

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Here’s a quick post to share this fun photo taken by Chip at the recent 2015 New York Comic Con event. It appears that someone is a HUGE fan of Chip Kidd’s bestselling book, Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan (Pantheon). That book covered the stories and artwork of Jiro Kuwata’s version of the Dynamic Duo and this tattoo recreates the famous Japanese Comic Book logo art… AWESOME!


 

TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Movie To Debut at 2015 Sacramento Wizard Comic Con!

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  • June 14, 2015

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Here’s a post that will probably excite Vintage BATMAN Toy Collectors as well as fans of Chip Kidd. TOKYO TOY GUY 2, the second film in a series created by Yuji Ueda, is set to make it’s American debut at the 2015 SACRAMENTO WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON!!

For this new movie Chip Kidd made a special trip to Dubai to be interviewed and the amazing news is that they get to talk with Jiro Kuwata, the famous Japanese Manga Comic Book Artist who was responsible for creating Bat-Manga in the 1960’s. This new movie also features a ton of super-rare Vintage Batman Collectibles from around the globe!

Yes, “TOKYO TOY GUY 2” will be available for viewing on June 19th at 6pm, Room 202 of the  WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON in Sacramento, California! 

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In his first film, TOKYO TOY GUY 1, Yuji went to 6 major cities of the world to talk with some serious Batman toy collectors. Chip Kidd was one of them (New York City). This first film, which runs 1 hour and 25 minutes, is available for download at Vimeo On Demand. To check it out just CLICK HERE!

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BAT-MANGA! Custom Japanese #BATMAN “Lord Death Man” Statue

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  • March 26, 2015

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An extremely talented Artist & Friend sent us this wonderful photo recently showing a custom statue he created. His name is Deane Aikins and his work is AWESOME! Check out this “Lord Death Man” Statue he made from scratch! He writes a blog about his love of Batman, Collecting Comic Books and His Obsessions with Vintage Toys. It’s titled, WHEN BATMOBILES FLY. There, he did a write-up about making this statue so please be sure to check that out, LINK.

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with this character he is a long lost Batman Villain that was brought back to life (excuse the pun) by Chip Kidd’s book, “BAT-MANGA! The Secret History of Batman in Japan”. This book celebrated the 1960’s artwork of the Japanese Manga Artist, Jiro Kuwata.  Here is an example of his work and then below is the book cover for Chip’s book (Pantheon, Paperback version).

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Oh yeah, we also gotta mention that Lord Death Man appeared in “animation form” in an episode of Cartoon Network’s BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Check it out!

 



 


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