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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!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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:

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TOKYO TOY GUY 2 #BATMAN Vintage Toy Collector Movie Opens in Abu Dhabi!

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  • October 25, 2016

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It’s official! The TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Movie, Special Edition, will be screened in Abu Dhabi on Oct 28th! For the people unfamiliar with this line of movies it’s a very serious series of documentary films covering the joy of collecting Vintage Batman Toys with an emphasis on the toys made in the country of Japan in the 1960’s.

TOKYO TOY GUY 2 features an in-depth interview about Chip Kidd’s visit to Nakano Broadway where Chip Kidd and the Director, Yuji Ueda, got to see an amazing collection of some extremely-rare and very cool Batman Toys!

Time:  October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Cine Club and Workshop Tent inside Du Arena in Yas Island

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Here’s a nice Teaser Trailer to check out and if you would like to RENT the movie it’s now available online, just CLICK HERE!

Also, for further updates please be sure to visit the Official TOKYO TOY GUY 2 Facebook Page!

 

Tokyo Toy Guy2 / 東京 Tokyo Toy Guy2 from Tokyo Toy Films on Vimeo.

 

 


 

 

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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#BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE – Custom Comic Book Cover Art by Bill Sienkiewicz!

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  • September 30, 2016

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Here’s a quick post to share some amazing artwork done very recently by the amazing comic book artist, Bill Sienkiewicz. Designer Chip Kidd commissioned this special cover on a blank “variant cover” copy of BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE. The art was inspired by Frank Miller’s Graphic Novel,”The Dark Knight Returns” and it features Batman with his trusty sidekick, Carrie Kelley Robin!

 


 

 

RED CAPES Book Review – BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN, A Graphic Novel by CHIP KIDD

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  • September 30, 2016

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It’s always a complete honor to have your book reviewed and we always try to give a shout-out to those who do. This one is for Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN, published by DC Comics. This book review was just recently posted by Marco Sciarra over at the RED CAPES website in Italy where they cover Comics, Movies, TV Series, Video Games and much much more.

 

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So, please be sure to check it out by clicking HERE and, as always, please share this review on your favorite social media page (Like Facebook or Twitter).  Oh yeah, as a side-note, this review is in Italian but you can very easily use Google Translate. Thanks Marco!

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Why I Love BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN, a Graphic Novel by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor

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  • September 1, 2016

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The other night I fell down the YouTube Rabbit Hole. Yes, we have all been trapped there at one time or another. But my reward was that I discovered this fun “Book Review” video on Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN Graphic Novel (DC Comics). The book has been out for awhile and it’s extremely cool that it still gets some really good attention. Yeah, we love that!

This guy shares a lot of interesting information about the book and it’s worth checking out!

 


 

 

Chip Kidd and the 13th DIMENSION Talk About #BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Gallery Edition

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  • May 16, 2016

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Dan Greenfield, over at the always amazing 13th DIMENSION website, recently got together with Chip Kidd to discuss the release of Frank Miller’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Special Gallery Edition.

For anyone who has not heard about this book it is totally amazing!  To read the full interview please CLICK HERE!

Basically what happened was DC Comics reprinted this classic graphic novel in a DELUXE FORMAT hardcover book but instead of a regular colorized “comic book” version they published it using the original art from the book. In other words, they show the black and white inked pages without color and in their original glory.

It’s pretty cool and the quality is awesome! (Disclaimer: Chip Kidd didn’t design the cover to this book)

In the interview Chip Kidd discusses how he came about to own, not one, but two of the actual pages of the original art by Frank Miller that were used for this book (shown down below).

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Also, as a side note, we would like to mention that Chip Kidd did design the cover to the previous, original, reprinting of this graphic novel by DC Comics, both front and back, and we’re sharing pics of those here:

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Oh yeah, if you would like a copy of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns “Gallery Edition” book then please CLICK HERE!


 

Chip Kidd Talks #BATMAN on the WNPR Radio Podcast!

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  • March 28, 2016

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In a recent interview, over at Connecticut’s WNPR Radio Podcast, Book Designer and Batman Fan Chip Kidd talks with Colin McEnroe about their love of the Batman character.

They not only cover the history of the Caped Crusader but they also discuss Chip Kidd’s Graphic Novel, Batman: Death by Design (DC Comics).

They go really in depth and it’s a lot of fun. Here it is, check it out!!


 

The CHIP KIDD 13th Dimension Interviews: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and the Perfection of #BATMAN YEAR ONE

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  • March 10, 2016

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In an ongoing interview process Dan Greenfield, the Editor of the 13th DIMENSION website, has been talking with Book Designer Chip Kidd about many different aspects of the Batman character.

There have been articles about Chip Kidd’s personal Batman Toy Collection, their love of the Batman Treasury Comics, the Art of Marshall Rogers, and now… Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and the Perfection of BATMAN: YEAR ONE.

To read the full interview please CLICK HERE!
 
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13th DIMENSION – Interview with CHIP KIDD on the Brilliance of Marshall Rogers’ #BATMAN

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  • January 25, 2016

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If you head on over to the 13th DIMENSION website the Editor Dan Greenfield has just posted Part 3 of his interview with Chip Kidd. In this episode they discuss the complete and total brilliance of  the legendary BATMAN Comic Book Artist Marshall Rogers.  Also, if you’re a fan of this artist’s work then the post there has a lot of delicious eye-candy to enjoy. To check it out, just CLICK HERE!

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The 13th DIMENSION “Chip Kidd” Interview Continues with the #BATMAN FAMOUS 1ST EDITION

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  • January 21, 2016

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Dan Greenfield, a writer/reporter for the always brilliant 13th DIMENSION website, has been interviewing a ton of Batman-related artists and writers lately and here is a shout-out for an interview he did with the designer and author, Chip Kidd (This is actually “Part 2” in a continuing series).

Anyone who knows Chip knows he is crazy about “Batman”, ha ha, so they get pretty serious about the character. In this segment (link down below) they discuss the BATMAN #1 “Famous 1st Edition” Treasury Comic Book, published many years ago by DC Comics, that reprinted the very 1st issue of Batman.

To read the article please CLICK HERE!

 

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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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#BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE: The Sketch Covers Art Show Runs Till Nov. 7th

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  • October 25, 2015

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This post is just a friendly quick reminder that the BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE: SKETCH COVERS Art Show is still happening at the Society of Illustrators Art Gallery in New York City and will run until November 7th.

There are way over 80 different artists featured in this event and the variety is amazing! Down below is a video they did of the opening reception and it will give you an idea of the incredible artwork presented there.


For more information please be sure to visit our “Next Appearance” page.

Also, for more details about the gallery, just CLICK HERE!


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