Denis Kitchen (1946-) began his career during the "underground comix" movement of the late '60s. He still thinks of himself as a cartoonist first, but he wears way too many hats to pigeonhole. He is perhaps most associated with Kitchen Sink Press, which he founded in 1969, and where he published primary works by legendary cartoonists Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Al Capp, Milton Caniff, Charles Burns, Howard Cruse, Mark Schultz, and countless others for over thirty years.
Kitchen also writes articles and co-authors books about comics. Recent examples include a biography of Al Capp (with Michael Schumacher), The Art of Harvey Kurtzman, and Underground Classics (both for Abrams). He's currently a partner in two literary agencies and a third art agency. With business partner John Lind he edits books for their Kitchen Sink Books imprint. He also curates exhibits of cartoon art in the US and in numerous other countries.
Kitchen founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization defending First Amendment rights, and chaired it for its first eighteen years. Kitchen is also a natural archivist: in 2014 nearly 60,000 of his letters, along with related papers. were acquired by Columbia University.
Solo exhibits of Kitchen's own artwork have been featured several times in America and in Europe. In 2010 Dark Horse Books published a monograph titled The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters in 2012 and was a first ballot selection for the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2015.