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Chip Kidd’s DC Comics #CONVERGENCE Variant Comic Book Covers Spotted at Hastings!

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  • May 21, 2015

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Just a quick post to share this fun photo from a friend who saw Chip Kidd’s design work at a Hastings Book Store location! As mentioned here, Chip designed a special set of “Variant” book covers for the CONVERGENCE Story line that is affecting all the superhero characters in the DC Comics universe.

All the books published had two covers, one done with the regular cover, and another printing with Chip’s design. These “Variant” covers featured the characterin a magnified view with a “color shadow” bleeding off the edge. Each week (for 4 weeks, this promo ran a whole month) the colors changed from Cyan (Blue), Fushia (Hot Pink), Bright Yellow, and then to Black.

In this photo we see some of the Cyan Blue ones from the very first week…. so cool!


 

Neil Gaiman & Chip Kidd’s MAKE GOOD ART Speech Book Translated Into Portuguese!

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  • May 21, 2015

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Here’s a quick post to share some super fun book publishing news! Neil Gaiman’s MAKE GOOD ART Speech Book, designed inside and out by the Graphic Designer Chip Kidd, has now been translated into Portuguese for the book market of Brazil! It’s new title is “O Discurso Faça Boa Arte de Neil Gaiman”!

One last note, you can purchase this book by visiting this Brazilian WEBSITE!

 

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SHE-HULK Loves BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN! by #ChipKidd #DaveTaylor

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  • May 12, 2015

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Here’s a wacky-fun  post to share this amusing photo taken at the recent New World Comics’ SUPERHERO SCHOOL in Oklahoma City, OK. This is a bi-weekly event that occurs at a local comic book store where costumed Cosplayers teach little kids about superheroes. It’s a clever idea and the costumes are always extremely creative. The kids love it!

Anyways, shown here is our friend Kit Compton, a.k.a. Foxxikitten, dressed-up as the SHE-HULK and she is showing off her new most super-favorite book, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics) written by Chip Kidd and illustrated by Dave Taylor!

Oh yeah, we should mention that our other friend, Ondry Dre Braggs (Marvel’s Iron Man War Machine) made a sneaky cameo appearance in this picture, ha ha!

 


 

Hey, Chip Kidd Got Nominated For a 2015 Eisner Award! #SDCC

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  • May 12, 2015

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In collaboration with the San Diego Comic Con the comic book industry has an event known as THE EISNER AWARDS. It’s named after the extremely prolific and highly influential Graphic Novel Artist/Writer, Will Eisner. This year, 2015, the designer Chip Kidd made the list along with his two partners in crime, Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins.  

Their nomination is for the book, “Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It”, published by Fantagraphics.   Their spot is located in the “Best Anthology” category.

The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10th during Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

The other competition is listed down below!

BEST ANTHOLOGY:
In the Dark: A Horror Anthology, edited by Rachel Deering (Tiny Behemoth Press/IDW)
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon)
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, edited by Anne Ishii, Chip Kidd, & Graham Kolbeins (Fantagraphics)
Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World, edited by Monte Beauchamp (Simon & Schuster)
To End All Wars: The Graphic Anthology of The First World War, edited by Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark (Soaring Penguin)

To view all the nominees in this event, and other various categories, just CLICK HERE!

 


 

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.

 


 


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