- Posted by Johanna on July 3, 2013 at 7:41 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Long-time watchers of the comic scene will have fond memories of Kitchen Sink Press, the publisher run by Denis Kitchen from 1970-1999. Significant titles they put out include The Crow, Omaha the Cat Dancer, the first collections of Scott McCloud’s Zot!, reprints of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, and Trina Robbins’ A Century of Women Cartoonists.
Now, Kitchen and book designer/editor John Lind are bringing “Kitchen Sink Books” to Dark Horse as an imprint. Beginning later this year, they will be publishing “large-format, heavily illustrated art books, archival reprint collections, and original graphic novels.”
Plans are from four to six books per year, starting with November’s The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground! It will collect the Comix Book series (1974–1976) originally edited by Denis Kitchen and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics, with an introduction by Lee, a foreword by Kitchen, and an essay written by James Vance (Kings in Disguise), “accompanied by unpublished artwork, photographs, and correspondence from Kitchen’s archives.” Artists in the book include Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, Art Spiegelman, Skip Williamson, and S. Clay Wilson. (Should be interesting to see how today’s readers react to the idea of Marvel publishing underground work!) The press release has this quote from Kitchen,
“John and I have packaged books for a number of first-rank publishers, but we have long discussed the ideal house to enjoy maximum freedom and creativity. In longtime friend and publisher Mike Richardson and Dark Horse Comics, we found just that. It’s a kinship born of creator-friendly environments, a commitment to upholding comics history, and beautiful books produced by talented creators that we can be proud of. Our hope is that Kitchen Sink Books will connect with fans and aficionados by showcasing some of the best this medium has to offer.”