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.
Hey! We have a bunch of abbreviations here so please let us explain that real quick, ha! First, SDCC is the “San Diego Comic Con”, which starts on July 18th (Thursday) and runs until Sunday. Then, the CBLDF is the “Comic Book legal Defense Fund”. They’re a non-profit group that helps support Comic Book Retailers and Creators. They also work to SAVE FREE SPEECH. Whew!
OK, the good news is that the Book Designer Chip Kidd will be appearing at the 2013 SDCC with the lovely Japanese Translator Anne Ishii. They will be making multiple appearances, both separate and together, at different times of the event. Also, Chip Kidd will mainly be appearing to sign available copies of Batman: Death by Design, Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art, and The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame.
So far the schedule looks like this:
THURSDAY – Chip Kidd will be signing books at the CBLDF Booth (#1920) at 5:00pm.
FRIDAY – Chip Kidd will appear with Anne Ishii for a Lecture and Book Signing at 12:00pm.
SATURDAY- Anne Ishii will have a performance at 12:00pm.
Of course the CBLDF will have many other Creatives, Authors, Writers, Cartoonists, and other Artists as well. For more information and a complete list of events, please CLICK HERE!
Last March (2013) Chip Kidd was invited to appear at the Tokyo International Literary Festival in Japan. He was interviewed by the Japanese website, NIPPON. Their tagline is “Your Doorway To Japan”, and that’s pretty cool! The interview can be read by clicking HERE!
While there, Chip Kidd participated in a lecture Series where he explained his thoughts on “Book Cover Design”, his early love of Japanese Pop Culture, Designing Tezuka Osamu's Buddha for Vertical, Unearthing the Japanese Batman Bat-Manga, and also his thoughts on the Author Murakami Haruki and the Future of Book Design.
The overall experience of being back in Japan was sort of overwhelming. I mean, it’s such a beautiful place that you just never NEVER want to leave and it’s always sad to do so. Japan is completely beautiful.
Here’s a quick post to share this fun photo taken by Chip Kidd while he was visiting Japan. At random, he sort of walked into a Japanese Bookstore and discovered that they had a special section just for him! Yes, some Bookstore Employee must be a big fan because he set-up a special display area that features books written by Chip and/or with book covers designed by him… pretty cool huh?! WOW, What an honor!! (We Love Japan!)
Oh hey, if you want to see a huge amount of Book jackets designed by Chip Kidd then please be sure to visit our GALLERY PAGE, just click here.
April 26th, 2013
Check out this cool video that is a great documentary about a reporter’s difficult search for the celebrated Japanese Book Author, Haruki Murakami. I just discovered this beautiful gem on YouTube the other night and I knew I had to post it because every fan of Murakami is going to enjoy watching it. In fact, if you have never heard of his books, then you should watch it, because afterwards… you will love him.
April 17th, 2013
Over at THE SPHINX Blog they did a series of articles where they deeply examine Chip Kidd’s book, “BAT-MANGA: The Secret History of Batman in Japan“. You remember this book, it featured very detailed reprints of long lost manga comic book stories of Batman and Robin that were illustrated/written by Jiro Kuwata in the 1960′s. Great stuff!!
Well, THE SPHINX does a great job at breaking down and analogizing many of the individual panels and does so with a sort of a tongue-in-cheek snarky humor, it’s fun! Now, we’re linking to PART ONE and while there please be sure to view their left side-bar for Parts 2, 3 and 4. Hey, you’ll be both entertained and rewarded!
April 14th, 2013
We’re proud to announce that last week Chip Kidd’s TED TALKS Speech, “Designing Books Is No Laughing Matter. OK, It Is”, appeared on Japanese television in an episode of SUPER PRESENTATION on April 8th, 2013. This TV Show was created in connection with TED TALKS to help, not only spread great ideas, but also to teach English to Students in Japan.
Basically, What they do, is they take the huge library of famous TED speeches and show them subtitled in Japanese while Students listen to them in English. It’s a great concept and if you’re curious what the show looked like you can visit their site to watch it, please CLICK HERE!
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly, the eagerly-awaited new novel from Haruki Murakami is set for release in Japan on Friday (that’s tomorrow!) will have an initial hardback print run of half a million copies!
The new book’s title is only available in Japanese for now and is titled, “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi”. An unofficial translation in English gives it the title, “Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of his Pilgrimage”.
The new novel is expected to hit bookstores on Friday, April 12th, with major outlets planning to open early at 8:00 am, while at least one large seller in Tokyo flung open its doors at midnight on Thursday (see photo down below).
Publishing house Bungeishunju Ltd. said, “Online book giant AMAZON JAPAN had received more than 20,000 pre-orders for the new novel as of Saturday, faster than any other book by Murakami.”
Half a million copies is the largest initial hardback print run for the Japanese publisher, one of the country’s biggest.
It will be Murakami’s first work in three years after the final installment of “1Q84″. That book, which can be read as “1984″ in Japanese, proved to be a worldwide phenomenon. As a side note we should mention that Chip Kidd designed the cover for the Knopf edition of 1Q84.
One last thing, we apologize for not mentioning the designer’s name of the cover to this new book. At the time of this writing we didn’t have that information.
March 18th, 2013
About 2 weeks ago, as a part of Japan’s 2013 Tokyo International Literary Festival , the book cover designer Chip Kidd gave a talk at the Rainy Day Bookstore in Minami, Aoyama. He discussed current Book Cover Design, Graphic Art Influences, and his love of Japanese Culture. But this post was done to share this wonderful photo taken by Naoko Takano. Her personal blog has many other photos to see and some nice information too. To view it, please CLICK HERE!