Alex Ross

Art Spiegelman

Lee Weeks
Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers

September 09, 2015 - November 07, 2015

Featuring an extraordinary selection of original Batman drawings assembled from the collection of award-winning Designer/Writer Chip Kidd.

In 2013, DC Comics released a brand-new six-issue revival of the legendary Batman: Black and White series. Based on the hugely-popular 1996 publication, each issue of Batman: Black and White features several short-stories written and drawn by top comic writers and artists. In the first Issue, released on September 4th of 2013, Chip Kidd’s short-story titled “Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When” (co- written by Michael Cho) was featured, and the issue also included a blank variant cover. This blank cover overlap allowed fans to seek out original sketches by their favorite artists, and became a popular collectable.

Since the release of this Issue, Chip Kidd has amassed a diverse collection of covers. For the first time ever, the Society, in support of The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, is proud to display this collection in our MoCCA Gallery.

Chip Kidd is a Designer/Writer. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked non-stop since 1986, have won numerous awards and have revolutionized American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. He is the author of multiple books including The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as the graphic novel Batman: Death By Design (illustrated by Dave Taylor, published by DC Comics). Kidd is a distinguished and prolific lecturer and has spoken at such notable institutions as Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and RISD.
To celebrate this exhibit, the Society of Illustrators and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have organized a series of events featuring the inimitable Chip Kidd and other special guests! Funds raised during these exclusive events will be used to support SOI and CBLDF’s educational programs.

On September 29, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., join Chip Kidd and special guests as he tells the story behind the current exhibit. Admission for this lecture is $10 for SI and CBLDF members, $15 for non-members, and $7 for seniors/students (with valid ID). Learn more...

On October 7 celebrate “Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers” with a free opening reception! The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and features a cash bar for attendees. 

And on October 30, 6:00 p.m., join the Society and CBLDF for the Batman: Halloween Eve Black and White Party. This elegant gathering calls for black and white attire only, and your $25 admission includes a small plates buffet and entertainment with a cash bar. 

If you would like to attend all three events, we are offering a special package deal! For only $30, SI and CBLDF members can attend all three events! The package is $35 for non-members. Learn more...

All three events will take place at the Society of Illustrators headquarters, located at 128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York, NY 10065. Proceeds will benefit the educational missions of the Society of Illustrators and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.