As sixties comics were popular and under-exploited from an artistic point of view, they were the perfect medium for Kim Deitch. In 1972 he published his first underground comic book, 'Corn Fed Comics'. Soon after, he began contributing to various magazines (East Village Other, 'Bijou Funnies') and producing more comic books. Currently, he is working on several projects, including the series 'The Search for Smilin' Ed' and a monthly kids comic called 'Nickelodeon'. As this title indicates, much of Deitch's comix work is linked to animation, centering on animation as an industry and animation characters. Deitch regularly exhibits his originals in various galleries. Kim Deitch is generally held to be one of the greatest influences in American underground comix.