May 5th, 2013
WOW! We’re really excited to report that Chip Kidd designed the main graphic for the cover to today’s New York Times BOOK REVIEW. The image, shown up above, is obviously a parody on the famous British World War Two “Keep Calm and Carry On” Poster, but it also does a very good job of conveying the basic message of the main book review they are featuring on the cover. It’s the latest Triller Novel from John Le Carr titled, A DELICATE TRUTH.
The book will be released by Viking on May 7th (Yes, that’s in 2 days, ha!). As an important side note we should mention that Chip Kidd did not design the cover for the actual book.
So, please be sure to read today’s New York Times BOOK REVIEW by OLEN STEINHAUER, just CLICK HERE!
April 20th, 2013
Over at the NEW YORK TIMES Style Section they recently posted an extremely interesting “interactive” article showcasing some of the various book covers created over the years for THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Of course the main one is the rare First Edition, in blue, with the stylistic set of eyes & mouth floating over the Boardwalk. This book jacket was originally designed by Francis Coradal-Cugat and it’s not only beautiful, but it’s also a complete icon of book design.
Well, the fun part of their article is that they report about a book collector, and F. Scott Fitzgerald biographer, named Matthew J. Bruccoli who recently donated his HUGE collection of GREAT GATSBY books. What’s great is that it showcases nearly 83 years of book design. Sadly, he died in 2008. But his collection, which is considered to be one of the most complete in the world, lives on at the University of South Carolina.
When asked why he didn’t sell his collection (it’s worth millions) and why donate it, Bruccoli replied, “You don’t buy books as an investment, you buy them because it gives you pleasure to read them, to touch them . . . to see them on shelves.”
As an example of some of the book covers/jackets featured at their site we have posted a few pics down below, but if you CLICK HERE you can enjoy even more eye candy!
February 22nd, 2013
All of us here are really proud of the Book Author, Karen Russell, for receiving a totally wonderful and well thought-out book review for her latest work titled, VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE (Knopf), at the New York Times Sunday Book Review! Her work is both entertaining & hilarious! This new book is a collection of stories and check out what one of the things the NY Times Reporter, Joy Williams, had to say about them, “Her work has a velocity and trajectory that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice that cannot be equaled. Sometimes not even by Karen Russell herself.”
To read the Review, please 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.
December 5th, 2012
WOW! We have some incredible news to share. Chris Ware’s New Graphic Novel, BUILDING STORIES, has made the list of “THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2012″ at the New York Times Book Review!! Basically, every year the Editors at the NYT Book Review pick five Fiction and five Non-Fiction Books to include in their TOP TEN List. This year they included Chris Ware’s latest work published by Pantheon Books. We can not even begin to explain how super-excited and totally honored we are to be in such company. To see the complete list, with excellent information & reviews, please CLICK HERE. Also, We want to express a deeply heart-felt THANK YOU to the New York Times for this wonderful honor.
This week in The New York Times Book Review, Douglas Wolk reviews Chris Ware's "Building Stories” published by Pantheon. I mean, the book made the cover, WOW! The graphic novel, which follows the residents of one building in Chicago, comes in the form of 14 different elements in a large box: a hard-bound volume or two, pamphlets and leaflets, a huge tabloid and more.
Then, Reporter John Williams at The New York Times BOOKS PODCAST interviews Chris Ware and there is a lot of interesting twists and turns. We can’t embed it here but if you visit this LINK then you can listen to the podcast. Please do, it’s really great!
October 15th, 2012
As we reported earlier, Chris Ware’s new Graphic Novel Book, BUILDING STORIES (2012 Pantheon Books ), was set to be placed at the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!! Well, it went up today & they placed it in the #1 position!! Hey, don’t believe me? OK, here’s a screenshot! Better yet, click this LINK to check it out, ha! We want to congratulate both Chris Ware and Pantheon Books for this wonderful achievement. I guess I need to add that we’re not trying to brag, but we’re just really proud of this great news and wanted to share it. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.
Chris Ware’s BUILDING STORIES Graphic Novel is at No. 1 on the NEW YORK TIMES Hardcover Graphic Books Best-Seller List this week!
October 13th, 2012
Great News! Chris Ware’s New BUILDING STORIES Graphic Novel, published by Pantheon, is now No. 1 on the New York Times Hardcover Graphic Books Best-seller List this week! Plus, because of the unusual format of this Graphic Novel, it is quickly becoming nick-named, “Book in a Box”. Yes, Chris Ware’s new Masterpiece is a series of Books, Pamplets, Fold-Outs and other goodies all contained inside a special box.
New York Times Reporter/Blogger, George Gene Gustines, wrote an excellent article about the event over at the NY Times ARTS BEAT Section. There, you’ll get to read a very interesting take on this fun new “Book in a Box”.
As a side-note: Chris Ware’s BUILDING STORIES Graphic Novel is available in stores and online right now.
August 19th, 2012
Please be sure to visit the New York Times SUNDAY REVIEW Opinion Page today to see the fresh op-ed piece Chip Kidd created. It’s titled, "Judge This Book by Its Cover" and the Article's main focus is a revamped book cover for Ayn Rand's classic novel, “Atlas Shrugged”, for the 2012 election season.
July 24th, 2012
Yesterday ( July 23rd, 2012 ), Designer and Author Chip Kidd wrote an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times Opinion Pages titled, “MetroCards for Sale”. The Article’s main focus is the fact that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York recently announced that it would be selling advertising space on the front of its fare cards to raise revenue. So, Chip offered a few ideas for clever ads that would have real meaning for Subway Passengers everywhere. The graphic shown here is just one example. Please be sure to click this LINK to see the rest that he designed. Plus, while you’re there, we hope you enjoy reading the Article!