- July 28, 2016
Topics: Kolchak the Night Stalker, EC Comics, radiation poisoning, and more!
In support of their ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is now part of the audio-sphere! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival materials, the CBLDF Podcast will be a monthly event, from our keyboards to your ears. The CBLDF podcast is made possible in part by a donation from the Neil Gaiman Foundation and member support.
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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).
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:
Oh yeah, if you would like a copy of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns “Gallery Edition” book then please CLICK HERE!
Here’s a podcast episode we knew we had to share an soon as we heard it! Andrei Triburca, over at the SNACK PODCAST, recently posted a link to an amazing podcast profile who’s main focus is on the career of the book designer, Chip Kidd. In episode #17 they discuss the history of book cover design and Chip’s place in it. So, here it is, please listen and enjoy.
It’s with a heavy heart that we need to share the sad news about the passing of Katherine Dunn, a completely wonderful woman and exceptional author.
Her connection to Chip Kidd is that he designed the book cover for her iconic novel, Geek Love (Random House, Vintage), and it went on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. It even became a National Book Award Finalist in 1989.
“Geek Love” was curiously original and imaginative, though some called it bizarre. It revolves around a married couple who own a traveling carnival and breed mutant children as sideshow freaks, both to attract paying customers and to endow their offspring with “the inherent ability to earn a living just by being themselves.”
If you have never read this book then you owe it to yourself to do so, it’s both chilling and life changing.
R.I.P. Katherine, you will be deeply missed by everyone who loves the joy of reading.
This post is a quick shout-out for an extremely cool podcast in Oklahoma City called BETTER THAN FICTION. It’s main theme is comic book collecting, nerd culture, movies, and more…. but in episode #116 they totally geeked-out on the Author and Book Designer Chip Kidd. Their main focus was Chip Kidd’s recent book, GO: A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design (Workman). But they also discuss many other of Chip’s book cover designs and we could not be more proud of that. Thanks guys!
Here’s a LINK to their website, please check them out sometime. Also, here’s the podcast embedded down below. Please be sure to check out episode #116!!
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:
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:
Akshita Nanda, the Lifestyle Arts Correspondent for THE STRAITS TIMES (A popular newspaper in Singapore), recently interviewed Chip Kidd about the process of book cover design, what it’s like to work with Haruki Murakami, and he also shares how he came up with the iconic Jurassic Park dinosaur silhouette for the best-selling Michael Crichton book.
To read the full story, just CLICK HERE!
Here’s a quick post to share some really great book publishing news! Chip Kidd’s JUDGE THIS / TED Talks Book has been translated into Italian for the book market in Italy! The “new” title is, “Così è se vi sembra”!
If you would like a copy of this rare book then please visit this RIZZOLI website where they have links to Amazon.It, among others.
Oh yeah, here’s an Amazon Link for the ENGLISH Version:
If you have never heard of a website named DESIGNGATHA then you should really check it out. They cover many related topics around the ideas of Art, Design, Handicraft, Architecture, Fashion, and Graphic Design.
Seriously, it’s a cool blog! Anyways, we wanna thank them for posting an interview they recently conducted with the Designer Chip Kidd. They asked some really good questions and even posted a bunch of his famous book cover designs…. sweet!
To read the full interview, please CLICK HERE!
This is so cool, YOU can help further the cause of Breast Cancer Research!! Yes, CHARITY BUZZ has teamed-up with the Book Designer Chip Kidd to raise money for PINK ZONE AT PENN STATE. This non-profit organization is one of the most hard-working charities out there who are doing everything possible to help those affected with this disease. It’s a great cause and here’s how YOU can join the fight!
OK FIRST, Charity Buzz is having an AUCTION where the winner gets to have Chip Kidd design a book cover for them. So if you’re an Author this is your chance to get a great deal on having an award-winning Design create your cover. All you have to do is BID at their official website. But, you gotta hurry because it ends in about a week from now!! So, please CLICK HERE!
SECOND, Even if you don’t think you want to bid then please share this page on your favorite social media pages. We’re talking Twitter, Facebook, your Blog, ETC… We really want to get the word out there about this wonderful cause. Oh yeah, in advance, thank you!!
If you are not familiar with Chip Kidd’s Book Cover Design Work we have posted a few down below. Also, if you would like to see more then please CLICK HERE for a huge portfolio of examples!
Zach Smith, a Guest Contributor over at the NEWSARAMA Comic Book News Website, recently conducted an extensive interview with the Book Designer (and Author) Chip Kidd about his latest book, “Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts” (Abrams). They get pretty deep about the creation of this book and the importance of Charles M. Schulz and the wonderful Peanuts characters that he drew for 50 years. Here’s a LINK to check it and please do because Zach asked some pretty good questions.
OK, real quick, we want to thank Andrew Dansby over at the HOUSTON CHRONICLE Newspaper for writing such a wonderful book review for Chip Kidd’s latest book, “Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts” (Published by Abrams). Now, we had a link to the article all ready to go but today we found out that it’s only available online for a short time and then they make you register on their website to view it later.
So if you follow this LINK, and want to read it, then you’ll have to sign-up real quick and then you can enjoy it. Sorry everybody, we didn’t anticipate this happening but it’s still a great honor to be covered by them so please check it out sometime if you have the time, it’s very well written and they also have some great photographs as well.