Mr. Media interviews Denis Kitchen

Bob Andelman, AKA Mr. Media has an excellent interview with Denis Kitchen. Denis is an underground cartoonist, publisher, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

This is a rare creative animal who has thrived in roles both creative and corporate, even if he met the latter challenge kicking and screaming all the way home each day.

Kitchen-and his company, Kitchen Sink Press-were present at the birth of the underground comix movement in the 1960s and ’70s. He is responsibly for boosting the careers of talents as extremely different as Robert Crumb and Will Eisner-and everyone in-between.

Over the last year, Kitchen has been more productive than he has been in decades, co-authoring a retrospective of Harvey Kurtzman, the first editor of Mad magazine, called The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, with Paul Buhle; a history of underground comix called Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix, with James Danky; and producing a look back at his own career, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, with text by Charles Brownstein.

And just yesterday, I saw a press release for an even newer collection of his work, Denis Kitchen’s Chipboard Sketchbook.

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