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Graphic designer Chip Kidd spent some time with CBR TV during Comic-Con International in San Diego to discuss many, many things, from Kidd’s inspirational influence on the current logo designs on comics, allowing the art to take center stage with the logo “serving” the art to his personal approach to designing logos to the influence of his graphic design eye on his home.
Kidd also discussed working with Alex Ross, designing Ross’ art book and having the opportunity to watch Ross’ artistic process before introducing a pair of womens’ panties to the conversation in order to segue into his Pantheon Books projects: Craig Thompson’s “Habibi,” Art Spiegleman’s “Metamaus” and, tying directly in to the panties, “Unterzakhn,” a graphic novel by Leela Corman. The title is Yiddish for “undergarments” and Pantheon had been giving away panties emblazoned with the book’s title as a Comic-Con promotion.
Kidd updates us on his long-form Batman graphic novel, announcing a tentative date of Fall 2012 for the long-gestating project, openly admitting his nervousness when it comes to writing versus design and the role of self-doubt in maintaining one’s drive to create and grow as an artist before wrapping the interview by explaining why the Grant Morrison-designed logo for “New X-Men” is his favorite comic book logo.
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