VIRTUAL MEMORIES Podcast Interview with J. D. McClatchy

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  • October 1, 2015


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!





VIDEO: Frank Quitely – What Do Artists Do All Day? #DCComics #Superman

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  • July 31, 2015


In the UK, on the BBC channel, they have a TV Program called, “What Do Artists Do All Day?”. Each episode features a day in the life of a working Artist and the variety of fields covered is pretty interesting. I mean, they feature many people in both the “Fine Art” world and the more commercial “Graphic Artists” world.

In this episode (down below) we get to meet the UK Comic Book Artist, Frank Quitely. He is best known in the United States for having worked on “All-Star Superman” with Writer Grant Morrison that were published by DC Comics. (We would also like to mention that the Designer Chip Kidd created the special “Superman” comic book logo for this series of book covers). Enjoy & please remember to share on your favorite social media ;)

Digital Telepathy Interview with CHIP KIDD – Go Ahead and JUDGE THIS!

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  • July 12, 2015



Over at the always amazing DIGITAL TELEPATHY website Brent Summers conducted an interview with Penguin Random House book designer Chip Kidd about rising to the occasion, hard work and making a great impression—every time. This was in connection to the release of Chip’s latest book, “JUDGE THIS.” (Simon & Schuster).

“JUDGE THIS” is a part of the TED BOOK series and is based on a TED TALKS video shown down below. We wanna thank Brent Summers for a great interview. It was a lot of fun to do and very well-written. Oh yeah, before we forget, here’s a LINK to read the article, ha! Go check it out!




NEIL GAIMAN Bonus Episode INTERVIEW at the CBLDF Podcast!

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  • June 25, 2015



Here is a very special episode of the CBLDF Podcast uploaded just for you! In this episode, they speak to author and CBLDF Advisory Board Co-Chair (as well as CBLDF Board of Directors Alumnus) Neil Gaiman!

Neil is one of the most popular authors working today, a ground-breaking graphic novelist, a humanitarian deeply involved in multiple charitable projects, and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He has been a tireless voice for free expression over the years, and is one of the most passionate voices in the literary world when it comes to fighting censorship.

The Interview contains such topics as: Charlie Hebdo, British censorship, libraries, icky speech, and much more!

In support of their ongoing educational 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 Gaiman Foundation and member support.

Listen to Radio Free Comix with the CBLDF Podcast, just CLICK HERE!



JUDGE THIS / TED BOOK – Chip Kidd Interview with Powell’s City of Books

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  • June 25, 2015


If you head over to the POWELL’S BOOKS Bookstore Blog then you can check out a really great interview they did with your favorite Penguin Random House Book Designer, Chip Kidd. Powell’s Books operates four stores in Portland, Oregon, and then another one in nearby Beaverton. They are also known worldwide as an excellent source for rare and hard to find books, but they also keep everything in stock that’s super-current.

So yeah, speaking of “current books”, Chip Kidd (in association with TED TALKS) just published a brand-new book titled, “JUDGE THIS, a TED Original” (144 Pages, Simon & Schuster/TED). The book is an exercise on what makes good clarity and/or mystery in Graphic Design that we all see everyday and sometimes take for granted.

You can read their interview by clicking RIGHT HERE!



TIME – Chip Kidd Judges 6 Books By Their Covers

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  • June 14, 2015



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!



DESIGN MATTERS Debbie Millman’s Podcast Interview with Isaac Mizrahi

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  • April 2, 2015


To launch the 10th season of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Isaac Mizrahi about why he loves fashion and why he does so many things outside of fashion.



DESIGN MATTERS Debbie Millman’s Podcast Interview with Barbara Kruger

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  • January 31, 2015


Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator, strategist, and host of the DESIGN MATTERS podcast.

Barbara Kruger is an artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the world.



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

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  • January 17, 2015



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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