Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

January 29, 2014


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 9:24 am

Neil Gaiman quote:

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” *

May 4, 2012


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 9:58 am

Albert Einstein quote:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” *

December 6, 2011

The Day Job…

Filed under: Video — M Kitchen @ 9:53 am

Not much time for comic making these days.
Been busy doing the work that pays the bills around here.
Check out some of the stuff I’ve done over the years!

September 27, 2011

This is a Test

Filed under: Announcements,Video — M Kitchen @ 10:27 am

Testing out some new hardware… could a Kitchen Bros. Comic Book Video Blog be in our near future?

August 30, 2011

SPY GUY #2 via The Ultraist Depot

Filed under: Announcements,Shop,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:30 am

SPY GUY #2 is now available for purchase from The Ultraist Depot online comic store. THE POSSUM #5 is available as well, so why not grab them both while you’re at it!

To everyone who has ever bought one of our comics before: Thanks! That’s what makes it all worth while.

August 25, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 11:04 am

At 9:00 am this morning, SPY GUY number two of the Unlimited Series arrived at the loading dock of the Ultraist Studios suburban stronghold.

The good news is that it is here with time to spare to have available for purchase at the 2011 Fan Expo.

The bad news is that three quarters of them showed up with a minor printing error. The small print on the inside front cover was supposed to have four variants indicating the four different versions of the variant covers: ULTRA 5A, ULTRA 5B, ULTRA 5C & ULTRA 5D. However the entire print run came out with the ULTRA 5A Blues Bros. variant small print.

We’ll have to see what the folks at Lebonfon can do to fix this up for us.

August 24, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Comics,Conventions — M Kitchen @ 7:53 pm

Ultraist Studios (Spy Guy) and Possum Press (The Possum) are once again returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Toronto FAN EXPO! This year we’ve got new comics! That is, assuming the shipment of SPY GUY #2 arrives at 1:00 like it is supposed to… these last minute deliveries seem to be a reoccuring event, even when they are given weeks extra to compensate. At the very least, it makes for an interesting story.

You can find us at table A35 in the Independent / Small Press Artist Alley.

August 17, 2011

Steve Ditko Mega Pack

Filed under: Comics,Mail — M Kitchen @ 2:09 pm

I Got Mail:  Today the ultimate Steve Ditko Mega Pack arrived in the Ultraist Studios mailbox.

I first learned of all of these comic books from Dave Sim via The Blog And Mail a few years back. Ever since, I’ve been meaning to pick these up. Finally got around to it last week when I placed an order with Bob Heer.

Steve Ditko has designed most of my favourite comic stuff from Spider-Man to the Blue Beetle.
I can’t wait to see what creator owned stuff Ditko has been drawing over the past decades.

I’m especially interested to read THE AVENGING MIND.
Here’s the complete list of books I got.

[Updated July 17, 2011]
NOW AVAILABLE – Act 8 [2011] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Act 7 Seven [2011] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
..Wha..!? Ditko’s H. Series 2nd Edition [2011] [reprint of 1975 comic] — $4
Act 6 [2011] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Ditko #5-Five Act [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
The Cover Series [2010] [32 pages; reprints, 8.25×10.5] — $5
Act 4 [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
A Ditko Act 3 [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
A Ditko Act Two [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Mr. A. [2010] [32 pages, reprint of 1973 Mr. A. book, 8.25×10.5] — $5
Ditko Presents [2009] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Ditko Once More [2009] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Oh, No! Not Again, Ditko [2009] [32 pages; all-new, with Mr. A.] — $4
Ditko Continued… [2008] [32 pages; all-new, with Mr. A.] — $4
Ditko, etc… [2008] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
The Avenging Mind [2008] [32 pages: New and reprint essays, illustrations] — $4.95
Avenging World [2002] [240 pages: Classic comics, essays, etc. 1969-2002] — $25
Ditko Package, 2nd Edition [2001] [80 pages: Killjoy, Shag, Recage plus] — $7
Steve Ditko’s Static [2000] [160 pages: Chapters 1 to 14 plus] — $15
The Mocker, 2nd Edition [2000] [112 pages: Chapters 1 to 10 plus] — $15
Steve Ditko’s 32-Page Package TSK! TSK! #[5] [2002][2nd printing] — $4
Steve Ditko’s 160-Page Package From Charlton Press #[3] [1999] — $13
Steve Ditko’s 80-Page Package The Missing Man #[2] [1999] — $9
Steve Ditko’s 160-Page Package #[1] [1999] — $12

Check them out here:

One thing I had always assumed was that these books were letter sized photocopied fanzines, but they’re actually standard sized comics printed on newsprint! Open them up and they smell like a proper comic! That was a pleasant surprise

I’m also waiting for some Ditko Mania books to come in via Rob Imes.

I’m also waiting for a truckload of SPY GUY #2 to arrive at the Ultraist Studios loading dock any day now.

A good month for comics.

August 10, 2011

First Look at SPY GUY #2 Cover A

Filed under: Announcements,Spud & Harry,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 5:34 pm

The new cover to SPY GUY #2 has been released along with the solicitation:

First Strike Part 2 (of 3).  When a shipment of contraband is hijacked by Spud & Harry, our hero embarks on a mission to apprehend the criminals and reacquire the lost evidence needed to incriminate the accused in a police sting operation.  But it isn’t going to be easy.  Also contains a two page backup story called SPY GUY: The Death Of The Floppies.

Background painting in progress can be found here:  20 June, 2011

Character reference can be found here:   21 June, 2011

July 27, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:56 am

On Monday I completed all of the finishing touches to SPY GUY #2. Then yesterday I gathered up the digital page files and did one last proof reading. Now today the files are transfering via filezilla to Lebonfon for printing. Patrick says it should be no problem getting the books in time for Fan Expo. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to seeing it!

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