Daily Archives: May 30, 2012
Well, here’s something to look forward to this coming December.
The trailer for the (musical) film version of Les Misérables has just hit the web and if you’re a fan of the stage production, it’s got everything you could hope for including: sweeping visuals, a story full of heart and soul and, of course, that powerful music. Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) directs the adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel with a star-studded and diverse cast: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thenardier) and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier) among many others.
What do you think? Can the singing voices of Jackman, Hathaway and Crowe pull this off? Is Les Misérables just another big budget Hollywood musical doomed to underachieve? Or will it be something special and sit in our hearts right next to that timeless and magical stage production?
If you don’t know him by name, and you’re a reader of comics, novels or pop-culture reference books, you’ll know Chip Kidd by his designs.
Kidd is a long-standing graphic designer of book covers (not to mention author and musician). You’ve probably got a number of his designs sitting there, looking great, on your bookshelves. He’s created work for a plethora of publishing houses including: Knopf/Random House, Pantheon, Doubleday, Penguin and HarperCollins. You’d recognize his striking work on Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Alex Ross’ Mythology, as well as books from a list of other writers and artists including Dean Koontz, Michael Ondaatje, Bret Easton Ellis, Charles Schulz and Frank Miller.
Yep. He’s that in demand.
But Chip Kidd is, at heart, a fan of comic books – one of the reasons he continually returns to the medium. This time around, he’s given himself writing chores on a pretty interesting Batman book.