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Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Underground comix and other works by a Milwaukee master

Comics fans tend to forget—if, in fact, they ever knew—that prior to founding Kitchen Sink Press and publishing some of the most important work in comics history, Denis Kitchen was an artist himself, producing everything from underground comix to commercial art. The publisher, who printed the early...
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jules Feiffer describes his singular journey

To hear Jules Feiffer tell it, he all but had to be talked into writing Backing Into Forward (Talese/Doubleday), one of the most entertaining memoirs you’re likely to read this (or any other) year. The prizewinning cartoonist and playwright, novelist, movie scriptwriter, children’s book author/illustrator...
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Graphic memoir depicts troubled life saved by art

On the frontispiece of David Small’s graphic memoir, Stitches (W.W. Norton), is a wonderful, three-panel sequence picturing a young boy on the floor with paper and art supplies. In the first panel, he is standing on his head, balancing on the blank page in front of him. In the following two panels, he disappears into the page...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Denis Kitchen’s underground art comes home to Wisconsin

Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and the graphic novels A Contract With God and A Life Force, used to joke about a "Wisconsin mafia" in the comics world. Or, to be more precise, the comix world, the "x" signifying the kind of adventurous, creative and confrontational graphics produced by such underground luminaries as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Bill Griffith and Harvey Pekar...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Book Review

A few years ago, I had occasion to discuss the early development of The Letters of Allen Ginsberg (Da Capo) with its editor, Bill Morgan. We were having dinner in Manhattan's East Village, and I was curious about how Morgan was faring in the yeoman task of sorting through the mountains of Ginsberg's correspondence. As the poet's bibliographer, Morgan had spent more than a decade sorting through and cataloging Ginsberg's correspondence...

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