Denis Kitchen

Denis Kitchen at Comic-Con 2019, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center

Portrait by Pete Poplaski


Cartoonist, author, publisher, Kitchen Sink Press, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

Denis Kitchen, cartoonist, publisher, author, curator, and agent, began his career as one of the pioneer “underground” cartoonists in the late 1960s. His Kitchen Sink Press, founded in 1969, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Kitchen published legendary creators Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Milton Caniff, Charles Burns, Howard Cruse, Trina Robbins, Mark Schultz, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and many others. In 1988 he founded the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chaired it for its first eighteen years.

Kitchen co-authored The Art of Harvey Kurtzman and Underground Classics (Abrams, 2009), a monograph on Harrison Cady (Beehive, 2019), a biography of Al Capp (Bloomsbury, 2013), and created a graphic mini-biography of Dr. Seuss for Masterful Marks (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

Dark Horse Books’ published a monograph, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen in 2010. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and was a first ballot selection for the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2015.