Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

March 9, 2007

I Got Mail… 2

Filed under: Mail — M Kitchen @ 10:59 am

Interesting story about this one…

Last Friday I (sort of) quit my day job (one of them) to try and get this next comic (Spud & Harry) done in time for A.P.E. (more on that later). The drama that ensued had me miss my 6:43 train, leaving me with an extra hour to kill before heading home for two weeks (if not more).

Well, (I thought to myself) might as well check the Ultraist Studios HQ. P.O. Box

And am I glad I did!
The package was from none other than Aardvark-Vanaheim.

It was a beefy one too… what could be in it?
A giant sized comic? A magazine? What?

Well, following the previous format, let’s first take a look at the letter I sent to Dave Sim. It came in at a whopping 11 pages. In it, I talk about everything from Cerebus, to marriage, to politics, to 9-11, to comics, to religion and God. You can read it below.

Sunday, we’ll open that package and take a look at what’s inside.
I would do it Saturday, but I’ve got a comic to finish…


  1. heh… You told chuck you were 2 years off your game plan and Dave that you were 3 years off. But, both great reads; A lot of honesty and humbleness in both.

    Hopefully we can see some of your grandfathers writings on this blog in the future.

    Comment by Matt Campbell — March 9, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

  2. Haha yeah – When I wrote Chuck, I thought I’d have this comic done by Christmas. I wrote Dave 4 months later…

    As for my Grandfather’s writings… maybe that could be a future blog feature.

    Comment by M Kitchen — March 9, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  3. Cool. Whats in the package? Xbox360?

    Comment by TIE — March 9, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  4. http://www.maxedoutmovie.com/clips/trailer.html

    Comment by TIE — March 9, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  5. No wonder your comic isn’t finished yet. You’re spending all of your time writing novels to celebrities!

    Nice letter. I read it while I should have been getting some comic done. (This weekend is the deadline for me).

    One thing about praying that I feel, is that there isn’t really a “proper” way to pray, so long as you are having dialogue with God, thus strengthening your relationship with Him. Even if you start out praying for one thing (such as your example), I find, through continued prayer and dialogue with God, your prayers change, as God reveals things to you. One important part of prayer is that it isn’t a one sided conversation. If you do all of the talking, you won’t hear what God has to say to you. Listening is important, just like any other conversation.

    I had a thought about feminism as well, reading your letter, and reading this (http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/geena-davis-on-cartoons) Why do feminists want to turn women into men? Women and men are different, and that is a good thing. One is not better than the other. We are both reflections of God, but we reflect different aspects of Him, and have different roles. It is wrong for men to look down on women, and women to look down on men, because in a measurement of “worth” we are both “worth” equal. It seems very insecure and hypocritical of them to try so hard to not be women. Women are good. Men are good. Women and men are different. End of story.

    Just some thoughts.

    Comment by Blair kitchen — March 10, 2007 @ 12:07 am

  6. Hey Mike,
    Its me Angeloooooooo
    you bro .. I need to tell you something.. could you call me at 416 889 6672
    Ciao bro

    Comment by Angelo Libutti — March 10, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

  7. This is the first time I’ve gotten a phone message on my blog…

    Comment by M Kitchen — March 10, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  8. Blair: I totally get what you’re saying.  The problem I see, is that prayer should not be used to make requests for things you want. It’s both dangerous and childish to be asking God for stuff, though it’s an easy habit to fall into. Putting faith in God to provide is one thing. Sending God a “Christmas Wish List” or trying to negotiate a deal with God, is something else entirely, and should be avoided at all cost. I think Dave nailed it when he said “Basically, it seemed to me that all prayer breaks down into two categories: “Thank you, God” and “I’m sorry, God”.

    AND you can fit it on a t-shirt!

    As for that Cartoon Brew article you linked, ugh. I’m going to have to wait to cover that one in a post all on it’s own…

    Comment by M Kitchen — March 11, 2007 @ 7:59 am

  9. Mike: This is from Mark 11.22-25. Jesus says “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’ – no shuffling or shilly-shallying – and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive – only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (from the message translation)

    I think it is wrong to break prayer down as simply as Dave. No doubt, those are two important parts of prayer, but again, God wants us to know him through conversation. He wants us to come to him when we need something. Jesus stepped out of those two categories before he was crucified. He prayed “Father, you have the power to do all things. Take this cup away from me. But let it be as you would have it, not as I.” He asked God for what he wanted (to be removed from being crucified), but he also knew that what God wanted took presidence.

    Wouldn’t you want your children to come to you for what they want. Even if it is something that you don’t want them to have?

    I am curious about Dave’s view of God. Any time someone takes pieces of religions and puts them together, they are creating a self serving religion. I’d like to talk to him about it one day. (I haven’t read his response to your letter yet, so I’ll talk to you after I read it).

    Comment by Blair kitchen — March 11, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

  10. Wow. That translation is quite different from the King James and the New International.

    I have a rebuttal, but first this comic needs to get done…

    Comment by M Kitchen — March 11, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

  11. Yeah. I forgot to mention that I wanted to look into that more. I know that the message is a really good translation for saying what the hebrew means in modern language, but someone smarter than me could probably explain the differences. I know other verses mention similar things on prayer as well, but I also have to get a comic finished. I’ll wait for the rebuttal, and in the mean time, I’ll still race ya!!!

    Comment by Blair kitchen — March 11, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

  12. HAhahahha… Well there is always ” the FIRST TIME ” hahaha…thank you for calling me back my friend..glad to see things going well with you. Not sure if you sent me something jet..but here my e-mail again… angelolibutti@yahoo.ca
    Say hi to Dusan from me 🙂

    Comment by Angelo Libutti — March 12, 2007 @ 11:35 am

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