Neil Gaiman MAKE GOOD ART Speech Book Review LA Los Angeles Times

We could not be more proud of our good friend & favorite author Neil Gaiman. 2013 really seems to be HIS year. He has had a ton of success lately and soon his other new book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” will be coming out. It should go totally crazy! But, for now, his ultra-new book, the one based on his MAKE GOOD ART speech, just got a really great review over at the the L. A. TIMES!

The Los Angeles Times Book Critic, David L. Ulin, recently wrote a very clever, if not extremely thorough, essay on the new “MAKE GOOD ART” Speech Book (Published by William Morrow). Which, we should mention, was totally designed (both book cover and inside contents) by Chip Kidd. So, a special thanks goes out to David Ulin for an excellent article and everyone can read it by clicking RIGHT HERE!


Los- Angeles Times 2012 Book Prizes Fnalists Lst

The finalists for the 33rd L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday morning and we have to say that we’re pretty proud of the Authors who made the list who are published by Random House, Knopf, and Pantheon. Actually, we’re happy for everybody on the list but we also want to send a shout-out to the Authors we are associated with, ha! So, Please check out the complete list down below.

The 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be presented on Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30 pm, in a public ceremony in the Bovard Auditorium on the campus of USC. The 2012 Book Prizes Innovator's Award Winner, Robert Kirsch Award Winner, and category finalists as listed below were announced publicly on February 21st, 2013, in advance of the April 19th ceremony. For more details, CLICK HERE!


Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2012 Honorees

H.W. Brands / The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace (Doubleday)
Robert Caro / The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf)
Alice Kessler-Harris / A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman (Bloomsbury Press)
David Nasaw / The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy (Penguin Press)
R.J. Smith / The One: The Life and Music of James Brown (Gotham Books)

Current Interest

Katherine Boo / Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)
Steve Coll / Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (Penguin Press)
Karen Elliott House / On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future (Knopf)
Jim Sterba / Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds (Crown)
Jake Tapper / The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor (Little, Brown and Company)


Jami Attenberg / The Middlesteins: A Novel (Grand Central Publishing)
Michael Chabon / Telegraph Avenue (HarperCollins Publishers / Harper)
Ben Fountain / Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco)
Lauren Groff / Arcadia (Voice/Hyperion)
Lydia Millet / Magnificence (W.W. Norton & Company)

Graphic Novel/Comics

Alison Bechdel / Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Leela Corman / Unterzakhn (Schocken)
Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox)
Spain Rodriguez / Cruisin' With the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote (Fantagraphics)
Chris Ware / Building Stories (Pantheon)


John Barry / Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (Viking)
George Black / Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone (St. Martin's Press)
Fergus M. Bordewich / America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union (Simon & Schuster)
Amy S. Greenberg / A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Knopf)
Geoffrey Kabaservice / Rule & Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party from Eisenhower to the Tea Party (Oxford University Press)

Mystery / Thriller

Tana French / Broken Harbor (Viking)
Nick Harkaway / Angelmaker (Knopf)
Fuminori Nakamura / The Thief (Soho Crime)
Chris Pavone / The Expats (Crown)
Ariel S. Winter / The Twenty-Year Death (Hard Case Crime)


Louise Gl ck / Poems 1962-2012 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Rowan Ricardo Phillips / The Ground: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
D. A. Powell / Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems (Graywolf Press)
Bin Ramke / Aerial (Omnidawn)
Cole Swensen / Gravesend (New California Poetry) (University of California Press)

Science & Technology

Susan Cain / Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Crown)
George Dyson / Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (Pantheon)
Jonathan Gottschall / The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Nate Silver / The Signal and the Noise: Why so Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't (Penguin Press)
Florence Williams / Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

David Abrams / Fobbit (Black Cat/Grove/Atlantic, Inc.)
Kevin P. Keating / The Natural Order of Things (Aqueous Books)
Lydia Netzer / Shine Shine Shine (St. Martin's Press)
Maggie Shipstead / Seating Arrangements (Knopf)
Robin Sloan / Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Young Adult Literature

Paolo Bacigalupi / The Drowned Cities (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)
A.S. King / Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)
Martine Leavitt / My Book of Life by Angel (Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Matthew Quick / Boy 21 (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)
Elizabeth Wein / Code Name Verity (Disney-Hyperion)

Variant Cover for Rorschach no. 3 dc comics chip kidd before watchmen

YES! Excellent! There’s a big buzz today over at the Los Angeles Times HERO COMPLEX Blog all about the new BEFORE WATCHMEN “Rorschach” No. 3 Variant Cover that was designed by Chip Kidd for DC Comics. The Reporter, Noelene Clark, got the scoop to present the exclusive 1st photo of the cover at the HERO COMPLEX website!!

For the few people who don’t know, DC Comics recently started publishing a fresh comic book series called BEFORE WATCHMEN that is sort of a “prequel” to the now-iconic WATCHMEN Graphic Novel Book that was originally published back in 1986-87. The new comics are being published with both a regular Standard Cover and a Variant Cover. Chip Kidd was asked to “do the Variant design” for the Rorschach character ( Issue #3 ) which comes out around November 21st, 2012.

Also, The new "Before Watchmen" series is written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Lee Bermejo. For more details, please visit the HERO COMPLEX site and, if you could, please “share or tweet” about it! Thanks.