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Robert McGinnis’ art for the new paperback edition of Neil Gaman’s American Gods.

NPR asked designer Chip Kidd recently if the art of book design was dead in this era of eBooks. Not only am I not sold on their premise that this is an era of eBooks at all, but I recently bought this edition–my fourth copy of the book, counting the eBook version–solely because I love the new cover art. So there’s my answer to the question, anyway. 

Batman Black and White cover art commissioned by one of the best cover art designers today, Chip Kidd.

This is a part of a collection to be shown next fall at the Society of Illustrators in New York city. So proud to be part of this along with comic art legends such as Paul Rivoche, Simone Bianchi, Alex Ross and more.

The Making of 7 Iconic Movie Posters

While at Universal, one of the most unique design challenges Martin faced came from Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg.

The assignment? Create a logo that could brand both the movie and the fictional theme park in it.

“We visited the set during the production and saw some of the dinosaurs and props,” says Martin. “They were actually going to have branded products, merchandise in the store in the film. They needed a logo to put on the items in the gift shop.”

Even though Martin had the help of his design group at Universal, it was customary to farm out some of the work with vendors and boutiques like the one he had come from. Each agency who agreed would get paid for their work and if the art was chosen for the film, that company would receive a “usage fee”.

Ultimately, they turned to the dinosaur logo that had been used on the cover of the original Michael Crichton novel.

“Chip Kidd, who’s a renowned book cover designer created the skeleton drawing,” says Martin. “We adapted his graphic into the circle and the type based on a quick, 1-inch thumbnail sketch the film’s production designer had sent over.

But Martin believed the movie logo needed more than just the dinosaur image from the book. He found a classic typeface (Newland), and added an inline for depth.

“We added this little jungle scene at the bottom in order to give it scale because without that the dinosaur could be any size — it could be a baby,” he explained. “With the jungle below it made the dinosaur look huge. That’s my contribution to making that logo work.”

CONVERGENCE: HAWKMAN #1
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by TIM TRUMAN and ENRIQUE ALCATENA
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Hawkman and Hawkgirl put their Shadow War on hold as they face the might of anthropomorphic rat-men and bat-men in the deadly land of Kamandi!

CONVERGENCE: GREEN ARROW #1

  • Written by CHRISTY MARX
  • Art by RAGS MORALES and CLAUDE ST-AUBIN
  • Cover by RAGS MORALES
  • Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
  • On sale APRIL 15 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T
  • STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Don’t miss the first meeting between Oliver Queen and his son, Connor Hawke! Father and son may be united, but is their world about to end?

Hey you so called Green Arrow and Connor Hawke fans how come none of you posted this!

It’s MOTHERFUCKING Connor with the right skin tone (not new 52, not Arrow’s Connor withewashed), and Oliver with his 90’s beard!

CONVERGENCE: BATMAN AND ROBIN #1
Written by RON MARZ
Art and cover by DENYS COWAN and KLAUS JANSON
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale APRIL 8 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Being trapped in a domed city makes for a tense, inescapable family reunion as Batman struggles to keep the friction between Damian Wayne and Jason Todd from exploding!

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Oh, my god….PRE-FLASHPOINT. ..

Wonder what this Jason Todd will be? Red Headed? Black Hair? Black Hair with white streak?

CONVERGENCE: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by ROBERTO VIACAVA and ANDY OWENS
Cover by MIKEL JANIN
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Superman and Supergirl attempt to free their city via the Phantom Zone but learn that if they succeed, a terrible fate awaits Supergirl in Crisis on Infinite Earths!

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65 Years of the Peanuts Gang.

Charles M. Schulz’s approach to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what’s necessary. For fifty 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 Professor Robert Thompson. In Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts, renowned designer Chip Kidd assembles the long-awaited follow-up to Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, by focusing on Schulz’s artistry.

Reproducing the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip, all shot off the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, the book will feature ancillary images from the archives, including exclusive, rare and unpublished original art and developmental work—many never seen before their inclusion in this book. 

Timed for the 65th anniversary of Peanuts and the theatrical release of their first-ever 3D CG-animated feature film, Only What’s Necessary is sure to give Peanuts fans the world over a reason to celebrate.

CONVERGENCE: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by ROBERTO VIACAVA and ANDY OWENS
Cover by MIKEL JANIN
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Superman and Supergirl attempt to free their city via the Phantom Zone but learn that if they succeed, a terrible fate awaits Supergirl in Crisis on Infinite Earths!

Mikel Janin is a fantastic artist. Why haven’t I seen him draw Supergirl before?