Denis Kitchen and Beehive Books are celebrating the work of cartoonist and illustrator Harrison Cady.  Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady is a 10” x 14” cloth-bound hardcover volume that clocks in at 176 pages.  It collects work by Cady, one of the eminent magazine illustrators and cartoonists of the early 20th century.  The collection is curated and written by Kitchen, with design by Paul Kepple (designer, The Temple of Silence).

The project is being funded via a Kickstarter campaign, which includes a retailer level. Madness in Crowds is expected to ship to supporters in June 2019.

Born in 1877, Cady began working as a professional illustrator shortly before the turn of the century.  He was eventually hired as a staff cartoonist by Life magazine, leading to a decades-long career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator.  Cady generated work for Boys’ Life, The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’  Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and more, and he illustrated the syndicated Peter Rabbit strip between 1920 and 1948.  Cady specialized in intricate and frequently comedic crowd scenes, hence the title of the collection, but he was also a social progressive known to support causes such as women’s suffrage and the defense of the working classes.  Like many cartoonists from the time period, Cady’s work has faded into obscurity.

Beehive Books, which was founded by award-winning editor Josh O’Neill (Little Nemo's Big New Dreams) and artist and designer Maelle Doliveux, specializes in preserving the work of forgotten cartoonists. The publisher previously collected the works on Herbert Crowley into an art book (see "Rediscovering The Forgotten Works Of Herbert Crowley").