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Harrison Cady: Gardner’s famous Son

Oct 31st at 7pm. Download the flyer here

Artist Harrison Cady (1877-1970), one of Gardner’s most famous sons, is the subject of a visual talk by author Denis Kitchen.

Cady, a prominent cartoonist, illustrator, and painter from the 1890s into the 1960s, is best known for his “Peter Rabbit” comics, countless collaborations with children’s book author Thornton Burgess, incredibly detailed and madcap cartoons in the original Life and other period magazines, and later, many Gloucester area seascapes. The virtuoso Gardner native’s life and career is the subject of a lavish new art book by Denis and Violet Kitchen titled Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady (Beehive Books).

Hot-off-the-press copies will be available at the lecture, signed on request by the authors. A 3-D poster of one of Cady’s multi-layered Life cartoons will also be available, complete with 3-D glasses. 

CMGS Denis Kitchen, also a cartoonist, was a longtime publisher (Kitchen Sink Press, 1969-99) of comics and graphic novels by famous cartoonists such as Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Milton Caniff, authors Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, and many others. A comic’s historian, he’s co-authored three books besides the Cady monograph: Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary (Bloomsbury); the Art of Harvey Kurtzman (Abrams), and Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix (Abrams). A monograph of his own career, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, was published in English (Dark Horse Books, 2010) and in German (U-Comix, 2017). He is currently at work on a 3-D portfolio of selected surreal drawings.

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