I thought this would be a good idea for a post, just posting some of the many book review videos that have been done for Chip Kidd’s Graphic Novel, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics). The interesting thing about “video reviews” is that, since the format is so visual, the reviewers can also focus quite well on the amazing artwork of Dave Taylor. Besides the compelling storyline, the book’s other main interest is that the art is also a very enjoyable part of the book. So, this is really cool. Thanks to everybody who took the time to create these videos.
As a side note:
One of the videos (the 4th one) is an “Audio Only” Interview with Chip Kidd that was done BEFORE the book came out. So, in contrast to the other ones, which were obviously done by readers of the actual book, it’s kind of interesting. Hey, here they are… please enjoy.
Next week, May 8th to be exact, DC Comics has plans to release Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN in the Trade Paperback Format. Now, we have always preferred the hardback editions but this is very good news for people wanting the book at a slightly lower price.
Also, right now it’s available for a limited time, and at a special discounted price, if you CLICK HERE!
TOPICAL CURRENTS Radio Interview with Chip Kidd about his BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN Graphic Novel (DC Comics)
April 14th, 2013
Just the other day, on April 9th, 2013, the Book Jacket Designer and Author Chip Kidd was interviewed on the WLRN – TOPICAL CURRENTS Radio Show in Miami by Literary Contributor Ariel Gonzalez. The main focus of this special podcast was the origin and creation of Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s Graphic Novel, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics). Mr. Gonzalez had some very excellent questions and everything went really well, whew!
So, for your listening pleasure, we have posted it down below. Please keep in mind that there is a short interview with another guest before Kidd. This was Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States. We suggest listening to the entire podcast because Mr. Shapiro’s discussion is very informative. But, if you would like to skip ahead to just Chip Kidd’s interview then please go to about the 23:20 mark.
We’re really proud of the fact that Chip Kidd’s Book, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN, is still getting nice reviews! I mean, we’re totally excited, seriously! Kidd’s first Batman Graphic Novel was published by DC Comics last year and is still selling pretty well (whew!). The artwork for this book was done by the amazing Dave Taylor. So, that’s probably the main reason, ha!
But check this out. Grant Watson, an award-winning Australian playwright and science fiction critic who writes a blog called THE ANGRIEST, just finished reading this book and posted a wonderful review (Thanks Grant).
Here’s one of the things he said about Chip Kidd:
“I love that Kidd has written what is effectively a thriller about architecture: design and construction is central to the book’s narrative, and several of the key characters are architects. The book is set in an undefined past: there’s a sort of 1940s vibe about the entire book that really works. It reminded me at several points of DC’s excellent Sandman Mystery Theatre, which is no bad thing.”
He also mentions Dave Taylor (Comic Book Artist) too:
“Dave Taylor’s penciled art is outstanding. He takes the architectural theme of the book to heart, giving each panel some beautiful art deco design. Everything in the book is beautiful: the buildings, the cars, the furniture – even the people. His characters are richly drawn and expressive.”
Hey, please read the full complete Book Review, you’ll be happy you did, just CLICK HERE!
February 28th, 2013
We want to thank Andrew Wheeler for posting a fine Book Review on his blog, ANTICK MUSINGS, about Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s recent Graphic Novel, BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics). His review is kind of funny in the way he came up with the concept of “Good Chip vs Bad Chip”. We’re not quite sure what he means by it but he does write some pretty interesting views on the book. Overall he praised the book for it’s merit, so that’s cool. Hey, tell us what you think. Please CLICK HERE and give it a quick read. (Thanks Again Andrew!)
February 20th, 2013
Please be sure to read the very recent & quite excellent Book Review for BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN over at the TOM BADGUY Website. This guy has an interesting take on the new DC Comics’ Graphic Novel and there’s also some nice pictures to drool over. Overall, it was well designed & very well thought out. ( Thanks Tom, nice job! )
February 14th, 2013
Here’s a quick post to share some of the process that goes into making a DC Comics Graphic Novel. As an example we’re using BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN, which was written by Chip Kidd and beautifully drawn by UK Comic Book Artist Dave Taylor. This example mainly focuses on the Joker!
OK, the graphics are being shown in order and they should explain their self pretty good. Here, we get to see how the scripted page starts out as a simple layout and then it grows into a final page.
The first page shows the script sketched out by Chip Kidd and it’s also sort of mapped out with basic dialogue. By the way, this was done on Quark! Then, we get to see Dave Taylor’s blue-line ( non-photograph able ) artwork. This gets approved and then he does his light pencil work in black. Then the next image shows a lot of the deep blacks that are added on top & the art is cleaned up a little bit. OK, this is now scanned into a computer and some digital coloring is added. The last photo is the finished work sort of as it appeared in the book. Pretty cool, huh?!
February 9th, 2013
Ever since Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s brand-new Batman Graphic Novel (DC Comics) came out there has been a really good buzz about it. Oh man, you know we’re really happy about that! It’s been great & we really appreciate it. But, the funny thing is, at first, all the reviews were conducted by “comic book related” blogs and websites. Then, the next wave were all the serious “Book Review people” like, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, NPR Books, etc… Now, it seems that the next wave are sites dedicated to Architecture.
Here’s a great example: Over at the ARCH DAILY website, a site dedicated to very serious Architectural News. They have a Writer named Nicky Rackard who just did a very excellent review on the book. Of course their focus on the article is “the ideas about Architecture”, that were a main theme to the story. (Thanks Nicky!) It’s a wonderful article, very well thought out, so please be sure to visit their page & give it a quick read -Hey, just CLICK HERE!
Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN To Be Published in Spain as “Arquitectura Mortal”
January 31st, 2013
OK, This is pretty cool news! A company in Barcelona, Spain called “Ecc Ediciones” will be publishing Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics) into a foreign language! The new title will be called, “Batman: Arquitectura Mortal”. They even created a really nice Book Trailer Video which you can see down below. We’re not really sure of an exact release date but it is due in 2013. Stay tuned to this site and once we know we’ll pass it on. Also, for more information, please be sure to check out their website, just CLICK HERE!
January 30th, 2013
OH MY GOD!! Today, over at the NYR Blog, Architecture critic Martin Filler wrote a lot of very kind words at the New York Review of Books for Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN!! Now, for the few people who have not read this new Batman Graphic Novel (DC Comics) the basic plot revolves heavily around the idea of “Architectural issues”. So, Martin Filler was the perfect person to write this article, ha!
The wonderful thing, Mr. Filler wrote a very thought-provoking piece and it’s a great article. In fact, this review seems to be one of the main reviews that really “got the book”. The title of his article is “Batman vs. Koolhaas” and we’re asking all our readers to please check it out and while you’re there please feel free to leave a comment. Also, please be sure to share this link inside your online social activity. Yes, we’re talking to our facebook and Twitter Friends here, ha ha!
Thank You Martin Filler for your excellent review.