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Re-doing an old favorite:

Poster of Chip Kidd

Poster of Chip Kidd

During an interview conducted by Comics Alliance, Chip discusses his revisit to an old Batman comic. Kidd and Brad Meltzer are two business friends who planned on redoing “The chemical syndicate”. In this article Kidd discusses the importance of proper scanning.” It is something personal” says Kidd in the interview. Often choosing to do his own scans instead of an assistant, Kidd feels this helps get the exact idea you had in your head.

Japanese Influence:

-Kidd

-Kidd

Chip grew up watching Japanese animation. Shows such as; Astro Boy and Jiros 8th man were heavily influences on Kidd throughout his career. Chip did not actually make it to Japan till 2001, were he instantly fell in love with the New York feel. “It’s like New York times a million”. Were Kidd’s exact words after his first visit. Kidd was approached by a new company called Vertical, who wanted him to make Japanese authors known in America. With his early influences in mind Kidd went ahead designing some of the best work in America promoting Japanese manga and novels.

The Kidd:

ChIp Kidd.

ChIp Kidd.

Chip Kidd, actually born Charles Kidd in 1964. Kidd is a author, editor, and graphic designer from Reading Pennsylvania who is well known for his book covers.Kidd is currently the associate art director at KNOPF.

It’s not that important: 

Batman:The Dark Knight Returns

Batman:The Dark Knight Returns

Kidd has been quated saying ” I’m very much against the idea that the cover will sell the book”. Even though Kidd is responsibele for some famous covers over his career, he feels the work itself must conect with the audiance not the art. I would call him modest although others say he self-depracting. Kidd believes he “piggy-backed” into his career and status on the work of authors, not the other way around.

The Man Behind the Knight:

Batman: Death Design

Batman: Death Design

Kidd has a strong love for comic book media. particularly Batman. While Kidd has done other comic work such as; Superman, Wonderman, DC complete history of various heroes. He has a fondness for Batman and has done some of his most famous covers such as Dark Knight Returns. In 2010 Kidd worked on the animated serious Batman the Brave and the Bold as part of the writing staff, going to show how much a fanboy he can be.

 

Public Speaking isn’t easy: 

Kidd

Kidd

Chip Kidd; along with being a designer is also a writer. Kidd has written graphic novels as well as books which include works such as Batman: Death by Design and The Cheese Monkeys. These works only begin to show Kidd’s multiple talented skill set; he is also a public speaker. Kidd has given speeches at Princeton, Yale,& Harvard. His TED talk has gathered over 400,000 views and is considered one of the funniest ever given.     

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