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The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen Hardcover – June 29, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595823603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After years as a groundbreaking and tastemaking publisher, Denis Kitchen the artist finally gets a moment in the spotlight. He's a unique stylist influenced by such diverse sensibilities as Ernie Bushmiller and Basil Wolverton. His underground work is gentler than most of his peers and less visually avant-gard but possessed of a more sophisticated wit. It was always enjoyable to come across a Kitchen strip in Snarf, Mom's Homemade Funnies, or a few panels of the Spirit Jam, but seeing it all collected in such a nice edition gives the best sense of his craftsmanship, political sensibilities and humor. Many years in the making, the Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen deserves a place on the shelf of any fan of alternative/underground comics.
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Some will look at this work as a scrapbook of sorts, complete with cutout cartoons, comic book pages, photographs, drawings, newspaper clippings and post cards, interwoven with captions and related anecdotes. Technically, they would be correct. But what I see is both coffee table book, as unique, visually pleasing and interesting as any I have seen, and autobiography of a true comics entrepreneur whose life in comics is just as diverse, interesting and compelling as his work.
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Denis is one of the premier "underground" cartoon artists. The art I'm aware of has a sly sense of humor and is deceptively drawn with simple lines. He makes it look easy folks, just try to copy his style! This artistic gift is singular, once your seen his work you will never forget it Denis for deity! (Something he would certainly oppose).Come on go ahead buy and enjoy yourself thereafter
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In The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, a recent book highlighting a career spanning some 40+ years, Denis Kitchen reminds us that not only was he an important publisher of underground and comics fandom-related books, but also a historian who revived, supported, and published the works of older cartoonists such as Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. And, virtually forgotten until now, Denis reminds us that he is a talented cartoonist in his own right. In this sense, Denis shared with Will Eisner an artistic ability along with a canny business sense. And Denis is not even Jewish!
This book shows Denis as a gifted and dedicated cartoonist who seems to have drawn inspiration from Basil Wolverton, Boris Artzbasheff, Aubrey Beardsley, and of course R. Crumb. Denis, however, never veered as far into the outrageous, misogynistic or disgusting as Crumb and many of the other UG cartoonists. His work relied on good design, compelling psychedelic hippie inking, and amusing stories, that in retrospect hold up as iconic representations of the hippie era in which they were produced, much better than some of his contemporaries. These qualities are furthermore exemplified by another recent publication, Denis Kitchen's Chipboard Sketchbook, in which his iconic designs, inventive and fantastic creatures, and fabulous Wolvertonesque inking is displayed to its best effect. One can only imagine where he got so many writing tablets and we pray that he at least recycled the rest of the pages. All this is to say that Denis is a most wonderful, talented guy who has contributed much to this industry both as an artist and publisher, and now as a packager of intriguing---or shall I say 'compelling'---works.
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When the hippie counterculture scene exploded in the 60s, I, like thousands of other New Yorkers, hung out at our local headshop where next to the incense, silverbell ankle bracelets, Bambu and Zig-Zag rolling paper, strobe lights and day-glow posters, sat Kitchen Sink comix.

Although comic books were strictly forbidden in my house (bad spelling!) I grew up with Archie, followed by Lulu and Donald Duck, then graduated to the pointed satire of Mad Magazine before discovering small press alternative underground comix and their humorous breakthrough exploration of taboo subjects: forbidden drugs, holier than thou religion, and the most unspeakable sex acts. The love and passion I developed for underground comix only grew stronger through the years.

Since the 60s, these comix have steadily gained recognition and respect, becoming mainstream with award-winning movies like American Splendor, and New Yorker Magazine front covers by R. Crumb. Perhaps this popularity is somehow influenced by the fact that hippies who could scarcely afford the 50 cents cost of a Snoid comix, can now afford the originals as higher priced collectibles. But back then, the era of Vietnam protests, busts for single joints or even pot seeds, Black Panthers killed in their sleep, the sexual revolution, Woodstock, civil rights, gay rights, rock music, free love, and outspoken feminists changing attitudes and declaring a new front in the struggle for equality, the underground movement was magic, an intense era of significant social changes, something not experienced before or since.

One of the brilliant, pioneer, creative forerunners of this historical comix movement was Denis Kitchen.
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