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    Denis Kitchen
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Denis Kitchen is an American cartoonist, publisher, author, rights advocate and literary agent whose varied career began in 1968 as one of the original “underground” cartoonists. In 1969 he formed Kitchen Sink Press, and for thirty years he published hundreds of books and comics by artists such as Will Eisner, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Scott McCloud, Dave McKean, Mark Schultz, Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman and many others.

In 1986 Kitchen founded and for its first eighteen years chaired the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization that defends the constitutional rights of free expression in U.S. comics. After Kitchen Sink Press ended in 1999, he diversified his activities. He is currently a partner in two literary agencies (Kitchen, Lind & Associates, and Kitchen & Hansen Agency), which represent prominent comics creators. He also “packages” books for major U.S. publishers.

As a writer and comics historian Kitchen assembled and annotated Kurtzman & Elder’s "Little Annie Fanny" (2 volumes); "Al Capp’s Complete Shmoo" (2 volumes), "Li’l Abner: The Frank Frazetta Years" (4 volumes) and "Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer" (with John Lind). In 2009 Kitchen co-authored (with Paul Buhle) the multiple award-winning "Art of Harvey Kurtzman" and "Underground Classics" (with James Danky). He also co-authored with Michael Schumacher "Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary" for Bloomsbury.

Kitchen has also curated numerous domestic and international comic art exhibitions, focusing on underground comix and retrospectives of Kurtzman, Eisner, and others.

Two books of his own art were recently published: "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen (Dark Horse, 2010) and "Denis Kitchen’s Chipboard Sketchbook" (Boom, 2011). In 2010-2011 a Kitchen retrospective hung at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City.

Date of Birth: August 27, 1946
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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  • 2009 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Bob Clampett Humanitarian

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Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary (2013)
Arcade (1975)
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman (2009)
Bijou Funnies (1968)
Bizarre Sex (1972)
Blab! (1986)
Blackjacked And Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer (2011)
Comic Art (2002)
Comic Book Artist (2003)
Comic Book Rebels: Conversations With the Creators of the New Comics (1993)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Comix Book (1974)
Corporate Crime (1977)
Corporate Crime Comics (1979)
Danny Fingeroth's Write Now! (2002)
Dark Horse Maverick 2001 (2001)
Dope Comix (1978)
Free Speeches (1998)
Grateful Dead Comix (1991)
Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book (2014)
Hungry Chuck Biscuits Comics and Stories (1971)
Images of Omaha (1992)
Kitchen Sink Press: The First 25 Years (1994)
Life, In Pictures: Autobiographical Stories (2007)
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream (2014)
The Lost Work of Will Eisner (2016)
Mom's Homemade Comics (1969)
Mondo Snarfo (1978)
Mr. Monster's Triple Threat 3-D (1993)
The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen (2010)
Pro Junior (1971)
Snarf (1972)
The Someday Funnies (2011)
Spirit Jam (1998)
Twist (1987)
U-Comix Sonderband (1973)
The Will Eisner Companion (2004)
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (2015)
Will Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City (2006)
Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives (2000)



Bijou Funnies (1968)
The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen (2010)
Snarf (1972)
The Someday Funnies (2011)


Al Capp's Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years (2003)
The Art of Will Eisner (1982)
Bizarre Sex (1972)
Bob Powell's Complete Cave Girl (2014)
The Christmas Spirit (1994)
Comix Book (1974)
The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue (2006)
Crime Does Not Pay Archives (2012)
Death Rattle (1985)
Drawing Comics is Easy (Except When It's Hard) (2006)
Flash Gordon, The Complete Daily Strip (1988)
Goodman Beaver (1984)
The Grasshopper and the Ant (2001)
Li'l Abner (2010)
Life, In Pictures: Autobiographical Stories (2007)
Megaton Man (1984)
Melody (1989)
Mom's Homemade Comics (1969)
Outer Space Spirit: 1952 (1983)
Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles (2008)
Signal from Space (1983)
Snarf (1972)
Spirit Jam (1998)
The Spirit (1974)
The Spirit (1983)
Will Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City (2006)
Will Eisner's Quarterly (1983)
Will Eisner's Shop Talk (2001)
Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives (2000)

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Bizarre Sex (1972)
Comic Book Creator (2013)
Comix Book (1974)
Kitchen Sink Press: The First 25 Years (1994)
Mom's Homemade Comics (1969)
Mondo Snarfo (1978)
The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen (2010)
Quarter Moon (2013)
Snarf (1972)
The Someday Funnies (2011)
Spirit Jam (1998)
The Spirit (1974)

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