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Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers At The Society of Illustrators From September 09, 2015 To November 07, 2015

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Chip Kidd presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers at The Society of Illustrators from September 09, 2015 to November 07, 2015

Featuring an extraordinary selection of original Batman drawings assembled from the collection of award-winning Designer/Writer Chip Kidd.

In 2013, DC Comics released a brand-new six-issue revival of the legendary Batman: Black and White series. Based on the hugely-popular 1996 publication, each issue of Batman: Black and White features several short-stories written and drawn by top comic writers and artists. In the first Issue, released on September 4th of 2013, Chip Kidd’s short-story titled “Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When” (co- written by Michael Cho) was featured, and the issue also included a blank variant cover. This blank cover overlap allowed fans to seek out original sketches by their favorite artists, and became a popular collectable.

Since the release of this Issue, Chip Kidd has amassed a diverse collection of covers. For the first time ever, the Society, in support of The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is proud to display this collection in our MoCCA Gallery.

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Chip Kidd is a Designer/Writer. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked non-stop since 1986, have won numerous awards and have revolutionized American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. He is the author of multiple books including The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as the graphic novel Batman: Death By Design (illustrated by Dave Taylor, published by DC Comics). Kidd is a distinguished and prolific lecturer and has spoken at such notable institutions as Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and RISD.

The opening reception will be held on October 9, 2015. Click HERE for more info.

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Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz And The Art of Peanuts Hardcover Book By Chip Kidd To Be Released On October 20, 2015

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Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) believed that the key to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what’s necessary. For 50 years, from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, Schulz wrote and illustrated Peanuts, the single most popular and influential comic strip in the world. In all, 17,897 strips were published, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being,” according to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.

For Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts ($40), renowned designer Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Reproducing the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip,all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, Only What’s Necessary also features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work—much of which has never been seen before.

The 304 page hardcover book will be released on October 20, 2015.

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DC Reveals Convergence Variant Covers By Chip Kidd

April will kick off DC’s latest big event, Convergence. This two-month storyline involves both the weekly Convergence mini-series and 40 two-issue comics that focus on various DC heroes pulled from the publisher’s pre-New 52 history.

DC revealed that all 40 mini-series will feature a variant cover illustrated by acclaimed artist/designer Chip Kidd.

DC’s Convergence Event Brings Back the Old DC Universe and you can read an interview with Kidd HERE where he discusses his design process and the inspiration behind the striking color palette in these images.

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Judge This By Chip Kidd

First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how we feel. In Judge This, renowned designer Chip Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Judge This is a design love story, exposing the often invisible beauty and betrayal in simple design choices—ones most of us never even think to notice. And with each object, Kidd proves that first impressions, whether we realize it or not, have a huge impact on the way we perceive the world.

The 120 page hardcover will be released on May 5, 2015.

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Tokyo Toy Guy Visits Chip Kidd’s Apartment To See His Amazing Vintage Batman Toy Collection

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In this video clip from the Tokyo Toy Guy, Yuji Ueda went to New York City to visit the book cover Designer and vintage Batman toy collector, Chip Kidd.

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Kidd’s amazing heroic artifacts such as 1960’s tin toys, original comic book art, robots, toy vehicles, dolls, figures and many other super-rare collectible items take center stage.

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We also get a chance to see some of the incredible Japanese Batman Manga art that was drawn by Jiro Kuwata which was the inspiration for Chip Kidd’s book, “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” (Pantheon 2008).

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Unused Batman: Death By Design Poster

Back when Batman: Death by Design was still in it’s infancy, in it’s design stage, artist Dave Taylor came up with this as a “feel sample”, an experiment in texture. It was never used but helped a great deal in showing how the book might look.

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Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design To Be Published On October 8, 2013

Congratulations, you have decided to open this book, even though you have no idea what it’s about, and the cover is weird and seemingly at cross-purposes and possibly even pretentious. But you opened it anyway. And you know what? That was a design decision. Yes indeed, whether you realized it or not, pretty much most decisions you make, every day, are by design…Take my word for it, you are a designer.”

Chip Kidd opens with the promise that everyone is a designer, and uses each page to show the reader why that is. Each spread explains and demonstrates a crucial introductory graphic design concept–form, size, scale, repetition and pattern, color, typography, etc. Beautifully designed, and clearly explained, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design ($18), is truly one of a kind.

Chip Kidd is a Designer/Writer in New York City (and Stonington, CT, and Palm Beach, FL). His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked non-stop since 1986, have helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography, and countless AIGA awards. Kidd has published two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as Batman: Death by Design, and original graphic novel published by DC Comics and illustrated by Dave Taylor. He is also the author of several books about comics. A distinguished and prolific lecturer, Kidd has spoken at Princeton, Yale, Harvard, RISD and a zillion other places. His 2012 TED talk has garnered over 400,000 hits as of this writing, and is cited as one of the ‘funniest of the year.’

The 160 page hardcover will go on sale October 8, 2013.

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