Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

November 28, 2006


Filed under: Inspiration — M Kitchen @ 3:29 pm

The following was copy-and-pasted from THE ENGINE from a post in the CREATOR’S CONFERENCE by Matt Fraction titled “the shelf”.


almost this time of year, two years back, i was asked to speak at a design conference in memphis.

the event’s keynote was a guy named marc english and he gave a lecture– really more of a multimedia explosion with gutiar solos, alienated russians, pocket glitter and slides– called THE WAY OF THE DESIGN SHAMAN. What he did, basically, was present a narrative around the visual catalog of his life– illustrations from books he owned as a kid, first album covers, etc., reflected in the work he does now as a, well, design shaman. The legend (map legend, i mean, although the legend-legend meaning is maybe just as descriptive) of Marc’s life was all there– starbelly sneeches from his fifth year of life echoing out intp packaging he’d done for Criterion the week before and on and on.

It was a revelation to me then. The heavy water in my head had been putrifying and meeting marc set it slowly to a boil. the idea of doing some kind of personal archeology led me to reignite and reconnect with Where You Get Your Ideas. As such, this time of year, I start to try and dig up all that stuff and revist it, even if it’s just for a moment. Soak up the source a little bit and spin it off into the new year. It’s become an important part of my process, or at least the winter.

So the other day instead of writing i had very important stacking and arranging to do in my office. You know how i do. And so on the shelf nearest to me (well, not nearest-nearest, as that’s full of lincoln and civil war books, but nevermind) I figured I’d put the books most responsible for me wanting to make comics. Not necessarily my favorite books, or the only books I loved, but the books that, for whatever reason, made me ache to make the goddamn things.

If you had to put together a shelf of the books that inspired you to make comics, what would be on it?

That got me thinking…

There are a lot of different things that have been burned into my psyche. Things that I’ve carried around in my head to this day which influence the way I think, and inspire the things I create. Personal archeology; that seems as if it would be a worthy excercise, and one that would fit well with this blog journal experiment.

In the coming weeks / months my intention is to assemble my own personal list (or shelf) of those things that inspired me.

First up: Star Wars.


  1. Second up: Star Wars Transformers!


    Comment by Matt Campbell — November 28, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  2. That is what they call jumping the shark.

    Have you seen the Millenium Falcon?
    Gayest toy ever.

    Comment by M Kitchen — November 28, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

  3. Whoa…you weren’t kidding. Did they learn that transformation in prison?


    Star Wars Transformers is like putting coco-cola and hot chocolate together and thinking that must make it twice as good.

    Comment by Matt Campbell — November 28, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  4. Lego/Star Wars, Transformers/Star Wars, what’s next? How about Luke Carewalker and Cheer Solo. (care bears are making a comeback).

    Comment by Blair kitchen — November 29, 2006 @ 12:02 am

  5. Lego/Star Wars I don’t have a problem with. It’s like chocolate covered bacon. I would have eaten that stuff up as a kid.

    And as for the Star Wars Carebears… they already made those things back in 1983… they were called Ewoks.

    Comment by M Kitchen — November 29, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

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