| UNDERGROUND CLASSICS: The
Transformation of Comics into Comix by James
Danky and Denis Kitchen (Harry N. Abrams/ComicArts). Hardcover Edition.
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NEW! The impact of
underground comix is profound: They galvanized artists both
domestically and abroad; they forever changed the economics of comic
book publishing; and they influenced generations of cartoonists,
including their predecessors. While the works of Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman are well known via the
New Yorker, Maus, and retrospective collections, many other seminal
cartoonists who came of age in the 1960s is considerably less known.
Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix provides
the first serious survey of underground comix as art, turning the
spotlight on these highly influential and largely underappreciated
artists (full list below) based on the traveling exhibition of the same
name opening at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison WI in 2009.
Four essays from curators Denis
Kitchen and James P. Danky,
art historian Paul Buhle,
comix historian Patrick Rosenkranz,
and comix artist Trina Robbins,
offer a thorough reflection and appraisal of the underground movement.
Their essays are accompanied by over one hundred original drawings and
paintings loaned from private collections and from the artists
themselves. The essays and back matter are accompanied by vintage
photos of the artists, most never before seen. Indispensable for
the serious-minded comics fan and for those with an interest in
contemporary art history, Underground Classics is a definitive visual
survey and essential resource.
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Denis often adds a small drawing to such personalized copies.
Hardcover only. 9 x 12.25 inches. 144 pages. Color throughout. Harry N.
Abrams/ComicArts imprint. $29.95
Alphabetical list of artists in the exhibition and book: Joel Beck,
Vaughn Bode, Tim Boxell, Roger Brand, Charles Burns, Leslie Cabarga,
Dan Clyne, Richard Corben, Robert Crumb, Howard Cruse, Kim Deitch, Will
Eisner, Will Elder, Shary Flenniken, Drew Friedman, Don Glassford,
Justin Green, Richard “Grass” Green, Rick Griffin, Bill Griffith, Gary
Hallgren, Rory Hayes, Rand Holmes, Greg Irons, Jack “Jaxon”
Jackson, Jay Kinney, Denis Kitchen, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Harvey
Kurtzman, Bobby London, Jay Lynch, Jim Mitchell, Victor Moscoso, Willy
Murphy, Dan O’Neill, James Osborne, Harvey Pekar, Peter Poplaski, John
Pound, Sylvie Rancourt, Ted Richards, Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez, Trina
Robbins, Sharon Rudahl, Gilbert Shelton, Art Spiegelman, Frank Stack,
Dan Steffan, Steve Stiles, William Stout, John Thompson, Larry Todd,
Reed Waller, Robert Williams, Mervyn “Skip” Williamson, S. Clay Wilson
and Kate Worley.
James P. Danky is the
author/editor of dozens of books on topics as varied as African
American newspapers, women’s publications, and the Native American
press. In 1974 he published his first book, Undergrounds, a
bibliography of alternative newspapers. He is on the faculty of the
School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where he also founded and directed the Center for
the History of Print Culture in Modern America. In 2007 Danky retired
from the Wisconsin Historical Society after building their nationally
renowned collections for 35 year
cartoonist, editor and publisher—was present at the birth of the
underground comics movement. From his first self-published effort,
Mom’s Homemade Comics no. 1 in 1968, Kitchen has worked with every
important artist who produced underground comix. His long relationships
with these artists, many of whom he published through Kitchen Sink
Press, is the basis for this catalogue, the companion to a traveling
exhibition of original art and comics, originating at the Chazen Museum