martedì 6 settembre 2011

Special Guest#12: DENIS KITCHEN

NOTIZIA DELL'ULTIMA ORA: Anche la leggenda del fumetto underground Denis Kitchen, cartoonist ed editore della fantasmagorica Kitchen Press, sarà tra i 170 artisti che daranno vita al PUCK COMIC PARTY, la più grande jam session mai disegnata.
Oltre a scrivere e disegnare parte del progetto, Kitchen ha personalmente consigliato e presentato al Nano altre stelle del firmamento underground. Che sono state subito assoldate, e che presto verranno svelate assieme a tutti gli altri.
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DENIS KITCHEN: Cartoonist, writer, editor, publisher and entrepreneur DENIS KITCHEN began his professional Denis Kitchen 1977career in 1968, creating Mom's Homemade Comics as a self-published underground cartoonist in Milwaukee WI. The success of this venture led in 1969 to his formation of Krupp Comic Works, Inc., a small hippie empire which encompassed: Kitchen Sink Press, the comix publishing company; Strickly Uppa Crust, a head shop; The Cartoon Factory, a commercial art studio; Ordinary Records; Krupp Mail Order and Krupp Distribution. In 1970 he separately co-founded The Bugle-American, a Wisconsin-based alternative weekly newspaper that lasted seven years. In 1976 he co-founded The Fox River Patriot, a weekly alternative rural newspaper. But Kitchen's main focus over three decades was publishing comics and books.
As an Artist: Comics by Denis Kitchen have appeared in anthologies such as Blab #8, Twist #2, Bijou Funnies #8, Consumer Comix, Mom's #1-3, Mondo Snarfo, Arcade #3, The Spirit Jam and the 2001 Dark Horse Maverick Anthology. He has contributed covers and stories to various issues of Snarf, Dope Comix, Bizarre Sex, Energy Comics, Weird Trips, The Badger, Spirit Magazine, Nard n' Pat, Alcohomics and Comix Book; covers for Krupp Mail Order Catalog; an album cover (Major Arcana); many covers, column logos, ads and strips for The Bugle-American and many covers, ads and column logos for The Fox River Patriot; comix and illustrations for several issues of The Milwaukee Journal's Insight magazine; and strips for national magazines such as Head, High Times, and Playboy. One-man shows have been held at the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh and at Ripon College and individual pieces have been exhibited in larger shows.
As a Publisher: For thirty years (1969-1999) Kitchen published a variety of classic and underground artists alike. Among the highlights: Will Eisner (twenty graphic novels, over a hundred Spirit comics, Will Eisner Quarterly), Harvey Kurtzman (Jungle Book, Hey Look!, Goodman Beaver, with Will Elder, and others), Milton Caniff (Male Call, two volumes of Terry & the Pirates, twenty-four volumes of Steve Canyon), Al Capp (twenty-seven hard and softcover volumes of Li'l Abner), George Herriman (two volumes of Krazy Kat), R. Crumb (The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book, Kafka, Carload o' Comics, Waiting For Food, and other books, comix and merchandise), Jack Jackson (Secret of San Saba, Lost Cause), R.F. Outcault (Yellow Kid), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, three volumes of Zot!), V.T. Hamlin (three volumes of Alley Oop), Alex Raymond (six volumes of Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9), Dave McKean (Violent Cases with Neil Gaiman, and Cages), Art Spiegelman (various undergrounds), Cliff Sterrett (two volumes of Polly & Her Pals), Reed Waller & Kate Worley (over twenty comix and five collections of Omaha the Cat Dancer), James Vance & Dan Burr (Kings in Disguise, Owlhoots), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales/Cadillacs & Dinosaurs), Bill Sienkiewicz (Voodoo Child), Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (From Hell) Howard Cruse (Gay Comix, Barefootz, Dancin' Nekkid with the Angels), Frank Frazetta (Small Wonders, Pillow Book), Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel (four volumes of Superman strips), Bob Kane (four volumes of Batman strips), Joe Matt (Peep Show), and Charles Burns (Molemen, Blood Club, Sketchbook, Black Hole 1-4). He also published numerous anthologies including Blab 1-8, Snarf 1-15, Dope Comix 1-5, Bizarre Sex 1-10, Twist 1-3, Buzz 1-3, Twisted Sisters 1-3, Blue Loco, Mona and others; plus histories such as the 2-volume Comic Strip Century. Additional comic books, magazines and graphic novels are too extensive to list here. A 1994 illustrated history, Kitchen Sink Press: The First 25 Years, by Dave Schreiner, provides the best primer to this era.
Awards: Kitchen Sink Press over the years won a disproportionate number of the comics industry's most prestigious awards, sometimes dominating the awards despite a market share hovering around 1%. In 1989 Kitchen Sink Press led all publishers with 13 Eisner nominations, edging giant DC Comics, with eleven. In 1993 Kitchen Sink won six Harveys, more than any other company and nearly 40% of the total awarded. In 1994 Kitchen Sink won five Harveys and two Eisners. The company won another five Eisners and Harveys combined in 1995. In 1997 Chris Staros (now heading Top Shelf) surveyed the entire field of comics for his independent Staros Report. The issue cited numerous KSP publications for outstanding merit and concluded by presenting Kitchen Sink Press with its first and only Best Publisher Award.

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