So you love manga and you live in New York City? Well, your short list of things to do this week should include going to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Thursday, January 17, 2012 to check out a lecture with designer/Batman fan extraordinaire Chip Kidd.
Kidd will be presenting his always entertaining talk about the once-forgotten Batman comics created for a Japanese shonen manga magazine in the 1960's by Jiro Kuwata (creator of 8-Man) and Kidd's collection of Japanese Batman toys and ephemera that was featured in Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan, a combination art book/manga by Kidd, fellow Batman collector Saul Ferris and photographer Geoff Spear.
Show up on Thursday at 7:00 pm, pay your $7 (or don't pay, if you're already a MoCCA member, because this event is free for you), strap in, and enjoy the ride. Kidd will show some of the amazing, once lost Batman comics by Jiro Kuwata and share some stories about how the Bat-Manga book (and its hopefully upcoming sequel) came to be.
To get a taste of what you'll be in for, check out my interview with Chip Kidd and Saul Ferris, see what Kidd had to say at his presentation at Comic-Con 2008, and take a peek at some of the pages from Bat-Manga! in this preview gallery.
MoCCA is located in downtown New York City, at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (between Houston and Prince Streets). For more information, visit http://moccany.org or call 212-254-3511.
Image credits: Courtesy of Chip Kidd & DC Comics, MoCCA