Batman by Chip Kidd
Death by Design

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In this new original graphic novel from superstar writer/designer Chip Kidd and artist Dave Taylor, Gotham City is undergoing one of the most expansive construction booms in its history. The most prestigious architects from across the globe have buildings in various phases of completion all over town. As chairman of the Gotham Landmarks Commission, Bruce Wayne has been a key part of this boom, which signals a golden age of architectural ingenuity for the city. And then, the explosions begin. All manner of design-related malfunctions–faulty crane calculations, sturdy materials suddently collapsing, software glitches, walkways giving way and much more–cause casualties across the city. This bizarre string of seemingly random, unconnected catastrophes threaten to bring the whole construction industry down. Fingers are pointed as Batman must somehow solve the problem and find whoever is behind it all.

About Chip Kidd

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Chip Kidd has designed book jackets for Alfred A. Knopf for over a decade. His work has been featured in "Vanity Fair", "Print", "Entertainment Weekly", "The New Republic", "Time", "The New York Times", "Graphis", "New York", and "ID" magazine. He lives in New York City.
Published November 27, 2012 by DC Comics. 112 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Do you think future graphic designers are interested in these media or will they prefer to design Web sites, video games and e-books?.

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Publishers Weekly

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Eisner Award–winning designer and novelist Kidd teams with veteran Batman artist Taylor for a fantastic period piece about architecture, politics, and murder. Bruce Wayne is preparing for his father’s

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Library Journal

Harry Potter and the Land of the Rising SunIn its ongoing endeavor to separate tourists from as much of their money as possible, Universal Studios has announced the construction of a Harry Potter pavilion at its Japanese theme park operation.

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Batman: Death by Design, Cover, Courtesy of DC Comics DC Comics releases Batman: Death by Design next Wednesday, May 30.

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The New York Review of Books

Among architectural insiders, Batman is likely to cause the most comment for its scathing portrayal of a Netherlandish master builder named Kem Roomhaus, who, as Batman says, “may be an affected, narcissistic creep, but he’s also a genius.” This summation comes perilously close to the privately-h...

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Edited by celebrated book designer and comic-book geek Chip Kidd, the book collects rare Japanese manga comics by Jiro Kuwata published at the height of Batman's 1960s popularity.

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