Official Press Release
The Cartoon Art Museum and the Japan Society of Northern California welcome award-winning author and book designer Chip Kidd on Thursday, June 17 for a special presentation entitled Bat-Manga! A Secret Look at the Secret History of Batman in Japan. Kidd, author of Bat-Manga! presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the book, as well as recently discovered original art by Jiro Kuwata from his Batman manga work of over 40 years ago. Images in Kidd’s presentation will not overlap or repeat the pieces hanging in the exhibition, so make sure to attend for this exclusive look at one of the most fascinating cross-pop-cultural phenomenons of the late 20th century.
The Cartoon Art Museum would like to thank the generous sponsors who made this presentation possible. The Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, provided accommodations for Mister Kidd, and his air travel was sponsored by Matt Ocko of Archimedes Capital LLC.
The suggested donation for this event is $5.
About the author:
“The history of book design can be split into two eras: before graphic designer Chip Kidd and after.” —Time Out New York, Nov. 2005
Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf (where he has worked since 1986) have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Even after two decades, his pervasive influence can be seen on any trip to the bookstore.
Kidd was awarded the 2007 National Design Award for Communications, the industry’s highest honor. In the fall of the same year his work was included in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s third National Design Triennial.
In his role an editor of books of comics for Pantheon (a subsidiary of Knopf) Kidd has worked extensively with some of the most brilliant talents practicing today, including: Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, Mark Beyer, Ben Katchor and Alex Ross.
In his role as a book designer, Kidd has worked extensively with many of Japan’s leading writers, including Kenzo Kitikata, Osamu Tezuka, Koji Suzuki and Haruki Murakami.
About The Japan Society of Northern California
Founded in 1905, the Japan Society of Northern California is the West Coast’s leading forum on Japan and US-Japan relations. Its mission is to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan by providing programs that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.