Jim Mitchell (cartoonist)  

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Jim Mitchell is an American underground cartoonist. Mitchell was part of the late-1960s/early-1970s Milwaukee underground comix scene and a founder of the Krupp Comics/Kitchen Sink group, which also included Denis Kitchen, Bruce Walthers, Don Glassford and Wendel Pugh. In the early 1970s, he regularly created strips for the underground newspaper The Bugle, which were subsequently syndicated to other underground and college newspapers via the Krupp Syndicate. He created "Smile," a sweet, pleasantly upbeat strip which sometimes seemed out of place (though some found it refreshing) in the grim universe of underground comix. His strips (and covers) appeared in The Bugle; in three issues of his own comic, Smile (1971-1972); and in other comix, including Teen-Age Horizons of Shangrila, Mom's Homemade Comics, Bizarre Sex, Pro Junior, and Hungry Chuck Biscuit's Comics & Stories. He was imprisoned in Mexico for four and a half years, which prevented his involvement in the further evolution of the underground scene, but was released in late 1977. He now runs his own full-service art studio, Distant Thunder Studios, in Milwaukee.


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  • Kitchen Sink Press, the First 25 Years; Dave Schreiner (Northhampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, 1994)
  • Encyclop√©die des bandes dessin√©es; Marjorie Alessandrini, ed. (Paris: A Michel, 1986)

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