- December 31, 2015
Dan Greenfield, a Reporter over at the always amazing 13th DIMENSION website, recently interviewed Chip Kidd about his obsession with collecting Batman toys and memorabilia. This “sickness” started at age 2 and has followed him his whole life.
Chip has actually written a few Batman-related books with some of them having a major focus on toy collecting, “Batman Collected” and “Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan”. He also co-wrote a book on “BATMAN: The Animated Series” with Paul Dini which features a giant assortment of toy photos as well.
Dan and Chip talk extensively about the character and all the fun artifacts that have revolved around the Caped Crusader. The article is also loaded with a lot of wonderful photos that were shot at Chip’s NYC apartment (We didn’t have space to share them all here). Some of these toys are so extremely cool and rare that they will totally make you cry, ha! Please CLICK HERE to check ’em out! Also, thanks Dan for a wonderful interview, well done Sir!
This is just a quick post to share the fun news that Chip Kidd’s latest book, “Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schultz and the Art of Peanuts” (Abrams), is NUMBER ONE at Amazon for books in the “Art of Comics and Manga” category!! Hey, we’re NOT trying to brag or anything like that, we’re just really honored to be listed! We are also very thankful for everyone who has enjoyed the book and given us such good reviews. So, THANKS EVERYBODY… you guys ROCK!
In Judge This (TED Books), Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.
A purchase of this book at the Fair enters you into the drawing to win an Experiences with Authors prize — a personally guided (by Chip Kidd) tour of the exhibition “Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers.” For more details about this special art show please visit our ‘Next Appearance” page.
Gil Roth, over at the VIRTUAL MEMORIES podcast, recently interviewed the Author, Essayist and Poet, J. D. McClatchy at his home in Connecticut. Their conversation not only revolves around his amazing career but also covers a ton of interesting literary ground as well.
Stuff like: Adapting a novel (The Leopard) to opera, having his life changed by a course with Harold Bloom, collecting letters from the likes of Proust and Housman, and marrying Chip Kidd! We also get into his friendship with James Merrill, pop culture’s triumph over high culture, his genetic inability to read comics, why he loathed Ezra Pound as a person and as an artist, how sexual politics has replaced social politics, the experience of teaching the first gay literature course at Yale in 1978 (and getting dropped from the university because of it), how a serious poet writes for the dead, not the living, and more!
Right now you can view the 2015 ABRAMS COMICARTS online catalog for FREE!! I mean, hey it’s posted right down below!! Also, the thing that is ultra cool is that the front cover graphic this year celebrates the Brand-New Hardcover Book coming out October 20th by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear titled, ONLY WHAT’S NECESSARY: CHARLES M. SCHULZ AND THE ART OF PEANUTS (Abrams).
ABRAMS COMICARTS publishes high quality, contemporary, groundbreaking illustrated books about the legends and history of comics art, animation, and cartoon-based material, as well as new graphic novels. Don’t belive us? Well, just check out the new catalog of books down below!
Over at the always insightful TIME Magazine website (Yes, in today’s digital world TIME still exists!) a reporter named Sarah Begley ran a short interview with Knopf Book designer Chip Kidd about a few of his favorite book covers of all time and asked him, “to judge them”. Of course this question was meant to be tied into Chip’s latest book titled, “Judge This (TED Books)” that just came out and was published by Simon & Schuster as a part of their TED TALK Book Series.
As kind of a joke for this post I made a parody graphic of one of the famous covers that Chip talks about in the TIME interview, Detective Comics #27, which we all know as the very first appearance of the Batman!
To see other book covers he chose and to read Sarah Begley’s article on Chip Kidd, please CLICK HERE!
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!