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Paul Buhle

There are plenty of stories about the counterculture in Madison's past -- some of which remains, since we Madisonians still exist at least part of the time in a cheerful parallel reality. But you don't hear so many stories about comic art. Looking at "The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen" (Dark Horse Books) is not quite like smoking a joint discovered accidentally in the back of a drawer. Perhaps, on some pages, it just feels that way. more

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Eric Tadsen

Sometime in October 1968, Austin, Texas, comics artist Gilbert Shelton pulled up to my apartment on Spaight Street. You could see the old black Caddy coming a block away, and when he parked, the back window, full of stickers, tourist-type and hippie-LSD-type alike, was an eyeful. Gilbert was a tall, tanned, well-built guy in his late 20s, a former University of Texas graduate student and sometime partygoer with Janis Joplin. Now he was on a mission. more

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