CHIP KIDD presents ARTBREAK at Dixon Place

You know how Culturebot loves cartoons and comic books stuff? Well this looks like it’ll be a hoot and a half! Save the Date and Check it out:

One Night Only!

161A CHRYSTIE STREET (Delancey/Rivington)

TICKETS: $30 – – 212 219-0736

Acclaimed art director, designer, author, and book jacket designer, Chip Kidd, will present an evening of music, comics and cartoons New York indie style. Kidd’s band Artbreak (with Mars Trillion) will perform a full set in preparation for its up-coming self-produced LP Wonderground and the debut of their first EP and single, “Speedy”. Special guest cartoonists Dash Shaw, David Heatley and Josh Neufeld will be featured in a visual presentation and be on hand to sign artworks and autographs.


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.

As a chronicler on design and pop culture he has written regularly for The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Newsweek, The New York Observer, The New York Post, Print, ID, and Entertainment Weekly.

The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd’s first novel, was published by Scribner in Fall of 2001 and was a national bestseller, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second novel, The Learners, was published in February of 2008 to tremendous acclaim. He is also the author of numerous books on Batman, including the recent “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” (Pantheon).

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, David Mazzucchelli, Ben Katchor and Alex Ross. At Dixon Place he will open the show by presenting the work of three young NYC-based cartoonists he has recently published: David Heatley, Josh Neufeld, and Dash Shaw.

Kidd’s band, artbreak, is an on-going collaboration with Mars Trillion, combining multiple pop styles including neo-new wave, blues, alt-country and punk. Their self-produced album of all-original material, Wonderground, will be released in 2010. Though live performances are rare, they’ve been received with wild enthusiasm by critics from New York magazine (“Love was in the air”) and Media Bistro (“Ridiculously good. Think The New Pornographers meet The Cars.“)

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