640 An oddly compelling interview with cartoonist Denis Kitchen! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Denis Kitchen, underground comix artist, publisher

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The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen

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There’s nothing odd about legendary underground comix artist and publisher Denis Kitchen.

Everything I’ve ever learned about the man—both before we met and became friends in 2002 or since—has always been compelling.

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.

DENIS KITCHEN podcast excerpt: “I was a card-carrying hippie back in the day. The psychedelic experience, for me, was good. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. It’s one way of generating ideas. More significantly it’s a way of generating insights, either internally or about the universe. These are all aids. Where we get ideas from is very mysterious. So my feeling is, anything that helps the creative process–not a bad thing.”

Denis Kitchen

Denis Kitchen

Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix by Denis Kitchen

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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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About Mr. Media® Interviews-Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).