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)
September 10th, 2013
WOW! The brand-new BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE #1, published by DC Comics, has just hit newsstands and it’s already getting quite the buzz! Here are just a few Book Reviews that have hit the Internet lately and we’re really excited! The reason we’re mentioning this new book, other than being MAJOR Batman Fans, is that Chip Kidd wrote one of the stories included in this first issue and the art was done by Michael Cho (who is incredibly talented. Like as in, totally gifted!). The links are all down below, please check them out! Oh yeah, and here’s a hilarious comic panel from the book, ha ha!
September 10th, 2013
If you just read our previous post then you know it featured some wonderful book reviews for BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE #1 (DC Comics) that have recently appeared online. You’ll also know that the reason we’re covering this comic book so closely is that Chip Kidd wrote the first story and it also featured the ultra-cool artwork by the amazing Michael Cho. Well, here are some MORE Book Reviews… but these are all done in the YouTube video format. So, please enjoy!
September 4th, 2013
The legendary, Eisner Award-winning series BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE returns in a brand-new six-issue miniseries featuring tales of The Dark Knight by some of comics' greatest writers and artists! This first issue kicks off with stories by Chip Kidd and Michael Cho, Neal Adams, Joe Quinones and Maris Wicks, John Arcudi and Sean Murphy, and Howard Mackie and Chris Samnee!
Written by: Chip Kidd, Neal Adams, Joseph A Quinones Jr., Maris Wicks, John Arcudi, Howard Mackie
Art by: Michael Cho, Neal Adams, Joseph A Quinones Jr., Sean Murphy, Chris Samnee
Page Count: 48
U.S. Price: $4.99
Sale Date: Sept. 4th, 2013
The photos up above show the regular comic book cover (the 1st one) and the other special variant covers (The 4th one that is totally blank is specially designed so you can get a sketch done on it by a Comic Book Artist at Comic Book Convention. Also, the one with a “photo cover” showing a Batman: Black and White Statue, it’s the one created by Sean Murphy) . Yes, DC Comics has really gone all the way on this new series!
Then, down below, is an example of some of the interior art. The 1st photo of the inside art gives you an idea of what Chip Kidd’s story is gonna look like (Yes, Chip wrote another Batman story and this one includes Robin too!!). The artwork has a very cool retro vintage-style. Plus, I’m really digging the second one showing “Batman Zombie” by Neal Adams! Actually, ALL the art and writing in this thing is super great! You’re gonna love it!! So, please be sure to pick-up your copy today.
August 15th, 2013
This is just a quick post to share this fun image I came across the other day. It’s a promotional poster created by MELTDOWN COMICS (Los Angeles, CA) for when they had Chip Kidd as a special guest. Of course, this was for the BAT-MANGA: THE SECRET HISTORY OF BATMAN IN JAPAN (Pantheon) Book Tour a few years ago. The ultra-cool thing was that this poster was super HUGE! Man, I totally love this image.