Kitchen Sink Returns as Dark Horse Imprint

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an introduction by Lee, a foreword by Kitchen, and an essay written by James Vance (Kings in Disguise), “accompanied by unpublished artwork, photographs, and correspondence from Kitchen’s archives.”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.”

4 Responses to “Kitchen Sink Returns as Dark Horse Imprint”

  1. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    Nobody seems to want to say this out loud, but Kitchen Sink never recovered from their choice of being faithful to a neighboring company and backing Capital City in the “Distribution Wars” that happened in response to Marvel/Hero World. I am glad to see them returning – there’s a treasure trove of material in those vaults.

  2. Johanna Says:

    I think Kitchen Sink was having trouble before the distributor wars, though. Weren’t they the ones that went big into Crow merchandise and stuff like Robert Crumb chocolate bars to tie into movie interest that wasn’t as big as predicted?

    Either way, you’re right, it’s good to see them back.

  3. James Schee Says:

    If they can find stuff as great as Zot! is/was, that’ll be great. Good to have more options for creators I suppose.

  4. Tommy Raiko Says:

    The other nice thing is that since Dark Horse has a pretty solid digital comics thing going, it’s likely that DH will get this imprint’s stuff out there digitally too. As much as I love Denis Kitchen (botb as a publisher and as an artist,) I never got the sense that he was sanguine about undertaking digital comics publishing himself.




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