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DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Week 4 Continues with More Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 28, 2015

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Here’s some exciting news for comic book fans! DC Comics is releasing all of the brand-new “Week 4″ issues of their CONVERGENCE storyline today, April 29th, 2015. In other words, IN STORES NOW!! Here are all the variant covers that were created by Book Designer Chip Kidd.

For non-comic book collectors: “Variant Covers” are book covers that are published along with the regular issue. In other words, you have a choice to buy the comic book with it’s normal cover or buy a special one with a unique cover. The contents are the same, it’s mostly just a cover variation and they do it to celebrate a certain Artist or Graphic Designer.

 

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DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Week 3 Continues with More Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 22, 2015

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Here’s some exciting news for comic book fans! DC Comics is releasing all of the brand-new “Week 3″ issues of their CONVERGENCE storyline today, April 22nd, 2015. In other words, IN STORES NOW!! Here are all the variant covers that were created by Book Designer Chip Kidd.

For non-comic book collectors: “Variant Covers” are book covers that are published along with the regular issue. In other words, you have a choice to buy the comic book with it’s normal cover or buy a special one with a unique cover. The contents are the same, it’s mostly just a cover variation and they do it to celebrate a certain Artist or Graphic Designer.

 

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Korean Version: GO! A KIDD’S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC DESIGN by #ChipKidd

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  • April 20, 2015

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Here’s some quick book publishing news we’re super excited to share! Chip Kidd’s book, “GO! A KIDD’S GUIDE TO GRAPHIC DESIGN” has now been translated into the Korean language for the retail book market of South Korea. Yeah, oh my god, how freakin’ cool is that!!?


 

DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Week 2 Continues with Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 15, 2015

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Here’s some exciting news for comic book fans! DC Comics is releasing all of the brand-new “Week 2″ issues of their CONVERGENCE storyline today, April 15th, 2015. In other words, IN STORES NOW!! Shown here, up above and down below, are all the variant covers that were created by Book Designer Chip Kidd.

For non-comic book collectors: “Variant Covers” are book covers that are published along with the regular issue. In other words, you have a choice to buy the comic book with it’s normal cover or buy a special one with a unique cover. The contents are the same, it’s mostly just a cover variation and they do it to celebrate a certain Artist or Graphic Designer.

Anyways, “Week 1″ featured the color CYAN BLUE and this week the covers have MAGENTA PINK! So, check ’em out!!

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DC Comics’ CONVERGENCE Event Starts TODAY with Variant Covers by Chip Kidd!

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  • April 8, 2015

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Convergence Batgirl #1 – Stephanie Brown is struggling with whether she wants to return to the mantle of Batgirl, but an attack by Flashpoint-era Gorilla Grodd and Catwoman forces her to don the cowl once more. Written By: Alisa Kwitney, Artists: Rick Leonardi.

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DC COMICS’ “CONVERGENCE” HAS BEGUN!

On Wednesday, April 8th, DC Comics is starting a gigantic story line that spans every comic book title in their roster. It will be called “Convergence” and the basic plot is that Superheroes from various timelines will be battling for their version of reality’s place in DC’s multiverse.

The series will start in a special comic book simply titled, Convergence #1, and then that story line will continue inside every single character’s individual book. It’s gonna be EPIC!

The books will come out in a weekly basis and on April 8th there will be ten books to collect (we’re showing you all of them right here).

Now, the thing we would like to report is that DC Comics hired Book Cover Designer Chip Kidd to create ALL the “Variant Covers”! OK, now a few of you “non-comic book collectors” out there may be asking, “What is a Variant Cover”?

A simple explanation would be that the Publisher, DC Comics, every now and then, does this special thing for comic book collectors where they release a comic book with a regular “everyday” cover and then they also print another issue (exact same content) with a special “Variant” cover. The Variant usually features artwork from a well-known Artist who doesn’t normally work on that title.

Now, up above, we are sharing an example of this. The first picture shown is Chip Kidd’s variant cover for BATGIRL #1. The image below that shows what the regular “normal issue” looks like.

OK, check this out! Down below are all the other “Chip Kidd” covers coming out on April 8th. We are also posting a basic idea of the story line you will enjoy in each issue and also information on the Writers and Artists of each book. Also, please feel free to share these images with all your friends/family on your favorite social network. Thanks!

 

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Convergence Batman & Robin #1 – Trapped in one of Brainiac’s dome cities, Batman has to try and escape, as well as keep tensions between Damian Wayne and Jason Todd from spilling over. Written By: Ron Marz, Artist: Denys Cowan.

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Convergence Harley Quinn #1 – Is Harley Quinn ready to turn away from a life of normality when Poison Ivy and Catwoman draft her into a fight against Captain Carrot? Written By: Steve Pugh, Artists: Phil Winslade, John Dell.

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Convergence Justice League #1 – Supergirl, Zatanna, Vixen and Jade attend Jesse Quick’s baby shower, only to find themselves facing off against Flashpoint Aquaman in a battle to the death. Written By: Frank Tieri, Artist: Vicente Cifuentes.

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Convergence Nightwing and Oracle #1 – Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon find themselves finally united, only for their rekindling of romance to be interrupted by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Written By: Gail Simone, Artists: Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons.

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Convergence Speed Force #1 – The Flash family finds itself cut off from its powers at the worst time, as Flashpoint Wonder Woman attacks. Written By: Antony Bedard, Artists: Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons.

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Convergence Superman #1 – A powerless Superman is tasked with the defense of Gotham City, as well as his wife — the pregnant Lois Lane. Written By: Dan Jurgens, Artist: Lee Weeks.

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Convergence Atom #1 – Ray Palmer starts hearing voices in his head, leading him to believe he is going insane — and setting him down a path that will pit him against the mercenary Deathstroke. Written By: Tom Peyer, Artists: Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens.

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Convergence Question #1 – Two-Face finds himself battling another Earth’s Harvey Dent, turning to Renee Montoya to even the odds. Written By: Greg Rucka, Artist: Cully Hamner.

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Convergence Titans #1 – Starfire and Donna Troy go looking for Arsenal, after the loss of his arm and his daughter, and find something far worse than they anticipated. Written By: Fabian Nicieza, Artists: Ron Wagner, José Marzan.

 


 

J. D. McClatchy Reads From Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf)

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  • April 2, 2015

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J.D. McClatchy is the author of eight collections of poetry including his latest book, Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, with a Book Jacket design by Chip Kidd). He has edited numerous other books, including The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, and has written a number of opera libretti that have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera and elsewhere. McClatchy teaches at Yale University and is editor of the Yale Review.

In this video we get a sample from Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf) performed by J. D. McClatchy at the HAMMER MUSEUM on February 26th, 2015.

 


 

Boing Boing / WINK Book Review – Haruki Murakami’s “The Strange Library”

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  • March 26, 2015

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Here’s some book news we’re pretty excited about! Over at the WINK! Book Lover Blog, they do super-excellent book reviews, a new book designed by Chip Kidd was recently reviewed. We’re talking about Haruki Murakami’s latest book, The Strange Library (Knopf).

Now, there are three really cool things about this review:
1. They talk about Haruki Murakami’s writing style and the complex story line.

2. They mention Chip Kidd as the Graphic Designer of the book, and…

3. The book review got syndicated on the BOING BOING website and traffic for this article has gone totally nuts!

So, thank you, thank you, thank you to Wink! and Boing Boing! You guys ROCK!!


 

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!

 



 

Penn State Library Special Collections Showcases the Chip Kidd Archives

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  • January 31, 2015

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We’re so excited about the recent “Chip Kidd news” shared by Christine Tenny, a Staff Writer over at THE DAILY COLLEGIAN, that we have to give a quick shout-out! Thank you Christine! This independent newspaper is published by students at Penn State University and we could not be any more happier about them posting their story.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, what is this about?” Well, Penn State University is the school that Chip Kidd graduated from and he donated a ton of his source material from his long career as a Graphic Designer. It is housed in the “Special Collections” section of the library and anyone, who is a Student, can enjoy it.

The collection includes work from his many book cover designs he has done for Penguin Random House, Knopf, Pantheon, and much more. It even includes the original cover artwork for Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park. Which, also became the official logo for the popular movie franchise. But that is really only the tip of the iceberg. The collection houses a ton of photos, original art, proof sheets, and a lot more reference material than we can mention here.

The article was heavily researched and very well written. So, please check it out, just CLICK HERE!

 


 

ILLUSTRATING MURAKAMI – The New Yorker Magazine Book Review

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  • January 17, 2015

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Something pretty amazing recently happened over at THE NEW YORKER Magazine website. One of their reporters, Roland Kelts, published a story titled, “ILLUSTRATING MURAKAMI”. It covers the release of Haruki Murakami’s latest book, “The Strange Library” (Knopf).

But this is no ordinary book review. The thing we’re very excited about is that it’s main focus is the design of the book and they mention that it was designed by Chip Kidd. For those who don’t know, the book is illustrated inside with many photos and graphics and Mr. Kelts really seemed to enjoy that.

So, thank you to him, and the New Yorker, for the wonderful news coverage. We really appreciate that. We would also like to mention that this article got picked-up by many other blogs and book-related websites and it seems to be going crazy!

To read the full article please CLICK HERE!

 


 


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