Underground cartoonist and longtime publisher Denis Kitchen began drawing on the chipboard back of writing tablets during long, often boring meetings at Kitchen Sink Press, starting in the late 80s. These spontaneous drawings, done primarily with Sharpie markers and uni-ball pens, are distinctly surreal, with subject matter often extremely bizarre, or, in his own words, even demented. The peculiar textured surfaces, unusual drawing tools, and possibly peeks into the artist's id contribute equally to the unique look. After accumulating nearly a quarter century of these private drawings in drawers, Kitchen was persuaded by associates to publish the roughly 150 examples showcased within this book, presented with an introduction by the artist. Note: Contains some images not suitable for minors.
Denis Kitchen's career began in 1968 as a self-published underground cartoonist (Mom's Homemade Comics). This led to the formation of his pioneer publishing company, Kitchen Sink Press. For thirty years he published classic and underground artists alike, including R. Crumb, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Scott McCloud, Dave McKean, Mark Schultz, Howard Cruse, Justin Green, Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman and Charles Burns. During these years Kitchen Sink won industry awards far disproportionate to its market share, sometimes more than any other publisher. In 1986 he founded and for its first eighteen years served as President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the industry's First Amendment rights. After the demise of Kitchen Sink Press in 1999, his diversified activities include being a literary and art agent for a number of prominent clients and estates. Wearing a writer s hat, he co-authored two books in 2009 for Abrams: Underground Classics and The Art of Harvey Kurtzman. Both received award nominations and the latter won both an Eisner Award and Harvey Award in 2010. He is currently working on a biography of Al Capp. Dark Horse Books published The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen in 2010 and, in conjunction, a retrospective of his work was exhibited at New York City s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in 2010-11.