March 11th, 2014
Here is another video clip from the extremely amazing TOKYO TOY GUY Movie that was done by our good friend Yuji Ueda, who lives in Dubai. For the documentary film he made, Yuji went all over the world to meet some of the most serious BATMAN Toy Collectors and in this clip we get to see when he went to New York City to visit CHIP KIDD.
The video shows some extremely Rare BATMAN Toys, Collectibles, and Original Comic Book Artwork. Speaking about the art, we get a chance to see some of the Japanese BATMAN Manga art that was drawn by Jiro Kuwata. Most of it never seen before and still unpublished. This was the inspiration for Chip Kidd’s book, “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” (Pantheon 2008).
February 23rd, 2014
It’s a battle of good vs. evil when actors perform classic and new tales of wickedness and treachery centered around fictional characters we love to hate. With special guest comics book lover and graphic designer Chip Kidd and readings of a thrilling and moving tale by Stephen King, an excerpt from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, and a silly superhero send-up by Larry Doyle. With readings by Chip Kidd, Stephen Lang (Avatar), and Aya Cash (The Newsroom, The Wolf of Wall Street).
Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$28; Member $24; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15
February 15th, 2014
This post is the very first major excerpt VIDEO (down below) we have from the TOKYO TOY GUY Documentary Film by our friend, and Director of the movie we should add, Yuji Ueda. Yes, this is the film you have heard about that focuses on different major BATMAN TOY COLLECTIONS from all over the world. It’s crazy cool!!
In this first clip we get to visit another good friend, and Asia’s top Batman collector, Mr.Somchay, at his BAT-CAT Toy Museum in Bangkok, Thailand.
This place is a total dreamland for Batman Fans and I seriously hope to get the chance to go there someday. But hey, here in Yuji’s video we get a totally wonderful tour of the building and all the super-cool vintage toys.
It’s also nice to see “BAT-CAT” speak and move. Please let me explain, ha ha! I’ve been “online friends” with him for many years and to get the chance to see him in real-life (moving and speaking ) is kinda neat. The only way I have known him is he’s a very nice guy and really loves the character, very cool.
Also, Please stay tuned to the CHIPKIDD.COM website because over the next few weeks we will start sharing different segments of the TOKYO TOY GUY Movie. We should also mention that the “New York” segment features an interview with Chip Kidd. Yes, he’s IN the film!
Look for them all coming soon. They will be featured in separate videos, one each for each different city: Manchester, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Tokyo & New York.
January 18th, 2014
Marc Kleinhenz, a Writer/Reporter over at the Huffington Post BOOKS BLOG, has been writing a very excellent on-going article series titled “Creating the Bat”. Basically, he interviews many Artists and Writers who have worked on the Batman character over the years. In “Creating the Bat # 9″ he talked with the Comic Book creator Dave Taylor. Dave, as you should know, was the official artist for the Batman graphic Novel, Batman: Death By Design (DC Comics), which was written by Chip Kidd.
Marc threw some very though-provoking questions out at Dave Taylor and his answers are both insightful and clever. Seriously, it’s a great article! So, if you’re a fan of THE BAT-MAN then please check it out, just CLICK HERE!
November 18th, 2013
TOKYO TOY GUY is a brand-new documentary film covering the lives and super-obsessive toy collections of some of the biggest Vintage Batman Toy Collectors in the world, literally. The creator of the film, Yuji Ueda, just finished visiting the New York Comic Con for the first time. In this fun new video we get to see various coverage of all the Batman related items during the 4-day event.
It also features an exclusive interview with the BATMAN Comic Book Artist, David Finch and another one with the Marketing Manager from Mattel talking about their brand-new Batman Action Figure Toys for 2014! YES!! Enjoy the thrills and chills of the New York Comic Con 2013!
Oh yeah, we should mention that one of the people interviewed in the actual movie is Chip Kidd and he makes an extremely brief appearance in this promo video. (Thanks Yuji!)
November 16th, 2013
Did we say “rare” in the title… we should have said “ultra rare”! Yes, over at the HAKES AMERICANA & COLLECTIBLES Auction Site the designer Chip Kidd has decided to sell his cherished 1950′s DC Comics Comic Book Rack Wooden Store Display. He’s putting it up for auction mostly because he just doesn’t have the space for it in his small apartment.
The “Comic Book Rack” made an appearance on page 41 of Chip Kidd’s 2001 book about BATMAN Toys and Collectibles titled, “Batman Collected”. The auction ends on November 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST. You can visit HAKES by clicking RIGHT HERE!
Also, down below is a photo of how this item looked in the “Batman Collected” book:
November 4th, 2013
Over at the always amazing ARCHITIZER website Samuel Medina just posted a book review about Chip Kidd’s Graphic Novel, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics). The website’s main focus is on the latest trends of Modern Architecture so they have a very interesting angle on this book. We love how they focused on Dave Taylor’s artwork as well. Plus, may we also suggest that while you’re there, go look at some of the incredible home design eye-candy. Seriously, very cool stuff, you’ll drool for days!
You can read the review by clicking HERE!
Here’s some comic book publishing news that is way too cool NOT to mention. It looks like the Graphic Novel Book, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics) has been translated into a “Foreign” German-Language version for the Germany book market. The only main difference I can see is that the title has been changed to “Bauwerke des Todes” which, when translated into English, means “Structures of Death” …cool!!
October 22nd, 2013
Debbie Millman, the extremely brilliant and ultra-beautiful host of the DESIGN MATTERS podcast, that is a major part of the DESIGN OBSERVER website, recently interviewed Chip Kidd about many many things: His experience with his now popular TED Talk, what it was like to kiss Neil Gaiman on stage at the last San Diego Comic Con, his life-long appreciation of the comic book character BATMAN and much much more.
But, the main focus of the interview is the creation of Chip’s latest book, “GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design” (Workman Publishing). Debbie asked some really great questions that were very thought-provoking and together they cover a ton of design-related topics.
About her, DEBBIE MILLMAN is the president of the design division at Sterling Brands. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, a contributing editor to Print Magazine, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. In 2005, she began hosting the podcast show, DESIGN MATTERS. She also has a brand-new book titled, “Self Portrait as Your Traitor” (HOW Books) which is coming out in November, 2013.
To HEAR MORE talks with innovative thinkers and designers just click here: DESIGN MATTERS WITH DEBBIE MILLMAN.
Also, Here is the discussion down below, enjoy:
September 14th, 2013
Here’s some really exciting news! Over at the Batman Universe Podcast they recently picked-apart the BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics) Graphic Novel Book written by Chip Kidd and illustrated by Dave Taylor. Hey, we embedded it down below so you can hear for yourself what Ed, Donovan, Stella and Kristina all said. (Thanks Guys)