Seattle Arts 2014 Chip Kidd Chris Ware Lecture Poster

Advance tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. Stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15pm.

Chip Kidd is a renowned graphic designer and associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, lauded for revolutionizing book design, and for his iconic illustrations such as the T. rex image he designed for Jurassic Park.

Chris Ware is a comic-book artist and cartoonist, notable for his Acme Novelty Library series (published by Fantagraphics Books) and the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, and last year's Eisner Award Winning Graphic Novel, Building Stories.

Presented by: Seattle Arts & Lectures as part of its Literary/Arts Series.
Tickets: Season subscriptions are on sale now.Single tickets are $15 general/$50 Grand Patron/$35 Patron/$5 students, at 206/621-2230, or at the door.

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2013 Design Gift Guide Chip Kidd GO Book

The DESIGN BUREAU website is always sharing inspiring dialogue that revolves around art & design but lately they asked a few creative people to submit their ideas for a recent article titled, “2013 Design Gift Guide”. Chip Kidd was one of the Designers who submitted his list. He suggested a few great Hardcover Books, Vintage Magazine, Arts & Architecture Collection Website, a cool Pantone Messenger Bag and even a Membership to the Type Director’s Club, TDC.

The books featured there are BUILDING STORIES by Chris Ware, LOOK BOTH WAYS by Debbie Millman, and Neil Gaiman’s MAKE GOOD ART SPEECH.

You can also see all the other lists from different people by clicking RIGHT HERE.


Design Matters with Debbie Millman Chip Kidd GO Graphic Design Book

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:


Chris Ware's BUILDING STORIES Graphic Novel Book by Pantheon

At this year’s 2013 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Chris Ware was honored with four (Yes 4!) Eisner Awards for his brand-new Graphic Novel, BUILDING STORIES (Published by Pantheon). Here’s a photo of one of them, Congrats Chris… you honestly deserve this credit, great job!!


2013 SDCC Eisner Award Chris Ware Building Stories Book

2013 Eisner Awards Chris Ware BUILDING STORIES Graphic Novel Pantheon Book


WOW! This is insanely great news!! OK, we don’t mean to brag, but at this year’s 2013 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Chris Ware’s new Graphic Novel, BUILDING STORIES (Pantheon Books) won four 2013 Eisner Awards!!! Yes, FOUR! This is almost too good to be true and we are so proud of Chris Ware. His new Graphic Novel, also known as “The Book in a Box”, won in these categories: Best New Graphic Novel, Best Writer/Artist, Best Lettering and Best Publication Design.

We want to congratulate Chris Ware (and Pantheon Books) for their amazing success!

2013 San Diego Comic-Con SDCC Random House Books

Here’s a friendly reminder that PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE Books and their other groups (Pantheon, Knopf & Schocken, Doubleday, and Vintage Anchor) will be exhibiting at the next 2013 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON (SDCC), which at the time of this posting is next weekend! I mean, it starts on Thursday, July 18th, and runs until Sunday, July 21st. Their booth numbers are 1514 & 1515 and are located just a few spaces from the DC Comics Booth. For a more detailed EXHIBIT HALL MAP please CLICK HERE!

Pantheon Graphic Novel Books Pinback Buttons

Random House Pantheon Books Bookmarks

Please be sure to visit the PANTHEON Graphic novels Booth because they will be giving away “Cartoonist Buttons” and “Pantheon Bookmarks” which were designed by Chip Kidd. The Pin-Back Buttons feature portraits of Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware. They will also have a preview of Pantheon's next graphic novel, THE ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE by Sydney Padua, set to be released next fall in 2014. Also, as an added bonus, they will have LIMITED giveaway copies of other Pantheon titles including Hanan al-Shaykh's ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS , PZ Myers' THE HAPPY ATHEIST and Jesse Ball's SILENCE ONCE BEGUN (early copies in advance of the January 2014 release!).

Also, in the Random House Booth, they’re gonna have a ton of great Authors who are not only selling books but will be available for book signings. Check out the list down below!

Roger Hobbs Ghost Man Book 2013 SDCC

Author Roger Hobbs will appear on the “Keep 'Em at the Edge of Their Seats” panel on Thursday at 4 pm, and he will sign copies of GHOSTMAN at the Random House booth (#1515) on Friday, 4:00 – 5:00pm.

Chuck Palahniuk Doomed Book 2013 SDCC

Chuck Palahniuk will be on the “Ode to Nerds” panel on Thursday at 1:45 pm, and he will signing books at the Random House booth (#1515) on Friday, 10:00 – 11:00am.

Anne Rice The Wolves of Midwinter 2013 SDCC

Anne Rice will be back at SDCC this year to meet fans and promote her werewolf series, The Wolf Gift Chronicles. The next installment, THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER, pubs on October 15th. Her signing will take place on Saturday, 3:00 – 5:00pm in the Autograph Area #AA03. Also, be sure to watch for a fun giveaway at the Knopf Pantheon booth, while supplies last.

Andrew Vachss After Shock Aftershock Book

Andrew Vachss will be signing copies of his new AFTERSHOCK Book at the Random House booth (#1515) on Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00am.

Chris Ware THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE Mother's Day Cover 2013

Just a quick shout out for fans of our friend Chris Ware. His artwork is going to be featured on the cover of the next fresh issue of THE NEW YORKER Magazine. This is Chris Ware’s special “Mother’s Day” cover that will hit newsstands on May 13th, 2013. So, please be sure to keep an eye out for it!

Also, Please be sure to read Chris Ware’s Article about this Cover by clicking RIGHT HERE!

Pantheon Panels Graphic Novel Book Art Contest

Pantheon Books, a division of Random House who’s main focus are Graphic Novels, is having a “Fan Art” Competition starting right NOW and it will only last about one week. It’s called “PANTHEON PANELS”. Here’s the deal:

Submit a one-page comic representing the home you grew up in, but drawn in the style of Chris Ware's “Building Stories”.

Deadline is Friday, March 1st. Winners will be announced/posted on Friday, March 8th.

Please submit your original artwork in a standard image format-jpg, pdf, tif, etc. Images should be RGB, 72-300 dpi, and no larger than 1.5 megs.

Please submit your material to
Good Luck!

Zadie Smith NW Chris Ware Building Stories

If you have been reading this blog for awhile then you might recall a post we did where we mentioned an event called, “LIVE from the NYPL: Building Stories Together” that featured the Authors Chris Ware and Zadie Smith. This public speaking event happened back in December of 2012 and was a CLOSING EVENT for the famous New York City Public Library. Both Authors talked about the art of writing and it was both informative & very entertaining. In fact, the post we did here revolved around a link to the PODCAST that was later posted of the event & if you didn’t get to go to it, then you could listen to it online.

Anyways, this post is about a review of that event. Paulina Reso, a Contributing Editor over at the WILD RIVER REVIEW website, just published a very excellent in-depth story about the event. She gives us an excellent idea on what it was like to be there and also what issues both Authors brought up that were pretty interesting. Her article is very informative. She also includes a bunch of excellent visuals to go along with her writing that are fun to see. ( Thanks Paulina! )

So, please be sure to check it out by clicking right HERE!

Chris Ware THE NEW YORKER Magaine Covers

Here’s quick post to share some pretty eye candy! Shown here is a nice collection of Chris Ware’s artwork that has appeared on the covers to a few issues of THE NEW YORKER Magazine, enjoy.