Friday, July 02, 2010

the Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen

I wouldn't normally promote a book by a fancy pants comics publisher like Dark Horse on here but I want to say that they just put out and brilliant book. I've been a life long fan of Denis Kitchen and it just grows. I figured everyone else just sort of lumped his art in with the rest of the sea of underground comics. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Everyone involved with The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen gets a giant thumbs up and should be given their own Eisner award or whatever award they want. This book is an archival documentation of Kitchen's art published by Mike Richardson, Designed by John Lind and with a great Essay by Charles Brownstein. It has a ton of information and art provided by Kitchen himself and an intro by Neil Gaiman. I have a feeling Lind and fellow editor Diana Schutz made this happen with Brownstein,  but whoever did: this shit is genius. Kitchen's life story is amazing (and salacious), his art some of my favorite ever, and his publishing is totally inspiring to me. Please, if you see this book at your local comic store check it out. It is so worth it ($25 on Amazon). And thank anyone involved with such a great book.
For more info on him, check out this site
or this interview:

1 comment:

Bob Andelman said...

For more on underground comic artist and publisher Denis Kitchen, check out this 30-minute Mr. Media TV interview with him from August 19, 2010: http://www.mrmedia.com/2010/08/denis-kitchen-oddly-compelling-mr-media.html