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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!

 


New DR. SEUSS Book “What Pet Should I Get?” Coming Out Later This Year!!

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  • March 18, 2015

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Here’s a quick post to share some completely wonderful book publishing news. On July 28th, 2015, Random House has plans to publish a brand-new, never seen before, children’s book by Dr. Seuss!! Yes, you read that right, they’re coming out with a never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure!

It’s title will be, “What Pet Should I Get?”. The basic story shares what happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Just as a side note we should mention that Chip Kidd actually has nothing to do with the design of this book, we just LOVE Dr. Seuss, ha!

 

 

 


 

New Chip Kidd Book Coming Out on the Work of Charles M. Schulz, “Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts” (Abrams)

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  • March 18, 2015

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Over at the PEANUTS STUDIO BLOG awhile back they shared a few photos of Chip Kidd and the ABRAMS Book Publisher, Charles Kochman, as they paid a visit to the “Collections & Archives” Room of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

This was in preparation for Chip Kidd’s next brand-new book on the work of Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz titled, “Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts”. It will be released by Abrams on October 20th, 2015.

Please stay tuned to CHIPKIDD.COM for future details and also please feel free to visit the PEANUTS STUDIO BLOG as they are always sharing amazing photos and stories about one of America’s true national treasures.

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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!

 


 

MIAMI HERALD Book Review: Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library’

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  • January 31, 2015

 

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Kit Reed, one of the fine reporters over at the MIAMI HERALD Newspaper Blog, recently wrote a really great book review for Haruki Murakami’s latest book titled, “The Strange Library” (Knopf).

OK, not to brag or anything, but we’re really happy about this review because they do mention that Chip Kidd designed it (both the cover and inside contents) and that almost never happens! Plus, Kit Reed did a super-excellent job at covering the ideas behind Murakami’s story concept.

Please be sure to check it out by clicking right HERE!

 


 

EPILOGUE Book Review – GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design

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  • January 31, 2015

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This post is a quick shout-out and “thank you” to the EPILOGUE: EPIC READS FOR TEENS website for posting a wonderful book review on Chip Kidd’s latest book titled, “GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design” (Workman). It’s always exciting to come across these things on the web, we love it!

Please read their review by clicking 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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WASHINGTON POST BOOK REVIEW: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

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  • January 17, 2015

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Yes! We want to give a quick thank you, and shout-out, to Joseph Peschel over at the Washington Post Newspaper for writing a very thoughtful and well-researched book review for Haruki Murakami’s latest book titled, “The Strange Library”. It was published by Knopf and is in stores now. The book’s cover and inside content was designed by Chip Kidd and translated into English from the original Japanese by Ted Goossen.

To read the full review just CLICK HERE!

 


 


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