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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!

 


 

NPR BOOKS: Interview with “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” Author, Jill Lepore

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  • January 17, 2015

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Are you a fan of comic book history? Well, if you are, then you need to check out the latest book written by Jill Lepore titled, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” (Knopf, in stores now). It not only covers the story of this iconic American comic book character but it also chronicles the life of her creator, William Moulton Marston. This guy was pretty amazing. Besides creating this enduring female superhero he is also responsible for inventing the Lie Detector. Yes, the “torture device” used by the FBI.

Oh yeah, did we mention that he also had a wife… and a mistress. He fathered children with both of them, and they all secretly lived together in Rye, N.Y. This was in a time when this sort of thing was unheard of. Jill Lepore does an excellent job covering his life in all it’s glorious details. I also guess that we should mention that the book cover was designed by Chip Kidd, ha!

The NPR BOOKS PODCAST recently interviewed Jill Lepore about this book and you can hear it, in it’s entirety, right here:

 

Also, maybe after you listen to the podcast, you might wanna check out their website for the actual book review, it’s pretty good too, just CLICK HERE!

 

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