Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

January 30, 2007


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 5:59 pm

Another Dave Sim quote:

“If they read your first issue and it cost them what a beer would cost and they come to the end and don’t say, “I should’ve bought the beer instead,” that’s as big as it gets in the comic-book field. You’re a hit! Why? Because you don’t totally suck. Try not to totally suck and try to give them something self-contained in the first issue.” *

Song Of The Day…

Filed under: Audio,Video — M Kitchen @ 1:46 pm

At My Job
Dead Kennedys

Now with video.

January 29, 2007

A Second Look At The Federal Reserve

Filed under: Audio,Educational,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 4:59 pm

The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin is a book I heavily referenced for my next comic, Spud & Harry.

It discusses the The Federal Reserve System, Fractional reserve banking, fiat money and precious metals, etc. One of the best reads I’ve had on the subject.

From Amazon: This book is about the most blatant scam of all history. It’s all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Creature from Jekyll Island will change the way you view the world, politics, and money. Your world view will definitely change.

Here is an mp3 lecture with the author G. Edward Griffin. <172mb version>


Here is an mp3 radio interview with the author G. Edward Griffin.


In some cases, the audio quality is quite poor, however once you become immersed in the subject matter, you won’t even notice…

January 26, 2007

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.18

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 8:51 am

January 24, 2007

Something Fell.

Filed under: Announcements — M Kitchen @ 4:32 pm

Late Breaking News via cerebus@yahoogroups.com

Gerhard and Aardvark-Vanaheim have parted ways.

Effective as of December 31st, 2006 Gerhard has parted ways with
Aardvark-Vanaheim and long time partner Dave Sim.

Dave is still in the process of gathering the funds necessary to buy
out Gerhard’s 40% share of the company, but this will not affect the
publication of future Cerebus volumes or, presumably, Following
Cerebus (which is experiencing its own in-house delays at Win-Mill
Productions). In fact, the proofs are in for the fourth printing of
Form & Void and soon we will see the first Cerebus book *not*
printed by Preney Press.

As a result of the split, Gerhard will not be attending the SPACE
convention in Columbus, OH this year. Bob Corby has been notified
and will be adjusting the website accordingly in due time.

Sorry I couldn’t say anything earlier, but with SPACE approaching
and people trying to finalize plans I asked Dave, and he said it was
OK to announce it.

I have exchanged emails with Gerhard. He seems like he’s doing well,
but is understandably keeping his distance a bit while the reality
of the situation settles in.

On the plus side, Dave sounded *much* better today on the phone – a
dramatic improvement (while it will probably take a little while for
his hearing to get back to normal).

Beyond that, I’m not at liberty to discuss any details of the split.



I think there are a couple of points I can address without
being “improper.”

The main question seems to be: who’s idea was it?

That would be Gerhard.

As Ryan mentioned, anyone who read the Last Day notes knows that a
split was very possible. They haven’t been social for many years.

Was there strife? Of course. Why would you think otherwise? You don’t
end a 20+ year partnership because everything is peachy keen.

Was it amicable? As far as I know, yes. The decision was made, they
discussed it, and came to an agreement. I won’t speculate any
further, or degenerate into a game of “he said/he said.” That’s
tasteless and pointless.

If it makes you all feel better, I do know that Gerhard feels badly
about not coming to SPACE as he really enjoyed hanging out with us —
the highlight of the weekend, he called it. He thought long and hard
about coming anyway, but given the situation I think he made the
right decision for himself.

I hope this is enough to quell your thirst for answers until such
time as Dave or Gerhard decide to expound — here or in any other
public forum.

As for me, I personally felt a profound lack of shock over the whole
thing. Sure, it’s sad – but Dave and Gerhard are both intelligent,
grown men and they’ll be fine.

I still look forward to seeing my friends at SPACE, and plan on
having a great time!

Vivat Cerebus!


I’ve always considered Dave and Gerhard’s business partnership to be the pinnacle of an artistic collaboration. I’ve always been interested in the inner workings of Aardvark-Vanaheim, however with this recent development, I’m all the more curious about what happened, and how things will be resolved.

Hopefully we can learn more details in a future issue of Following Cerebus.

January 21, 2007

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.17

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 12:58 am

Next webcomic installment is here:

Spy Guy is going to get outta this office sooner or later… hang in there. I originally had this whole segment lasting for about 3 regulation pages, then I decided to decompress it, and now it’s running at about 9 regulation pages. But I like where it’s going, so on we go…

It’s tough getting the story narrative going in these short installments.

January 19, 2007

Friday Lunch

Filed under: Photos,Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 3:05 pm

This is how I spent lunch today; working on pt. 17 of the Spy Guy Webcomic.

For the record; the cup contains a Tim Horton’s hot chocolate… I buy my coffee these days at Moonbean.

January 15, 2007

America Freedom to Fascism

Filed under: Educational,Video,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 11:20 am

I just finished watching this documentary film last night.

It’s a good one.

You can watch the whole thing, by clicking below.

January 11, 2007

Thought Of The Day…

Filed under: Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 3:18 pm

It occured to me recently that in another 15 years there will be an entire generation of males with an uncanny infatuation for Hispanic women.

January 10, 2007

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.16

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:01 am

New Comic Day!

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