Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

July 30, 2007

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2007: Update 3

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Photos — M Kitchen @ 10:08 am

So that wraps our first ever remote con. Special thanks go out to Ultraist Agent Justin Kupka for making this possible. It will be interesting to see the residual effects of this experiment. I wonder if we’ll get any mail

See below for further San Diego Comicon reports:

NEWSARAMA – SDCC ’07: Coverage Index

July 27, 2007

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2007: Update 2

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Photos — M Kitchen @ 1:04 pm

Ultraist Agent Justin Kupka (shown left) sends us this 2nd wave of intel live from the heart of the Con:

hahahah, all of the nerds have been very polite and orderly. And if you saw how they structured the freebie table, its in the wide open with tons of staff around and a lot of other people’s stuff, so i guarentee someone didnt just swipe the whole box.



Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Spud & Harry — M Kitchen @ 8:09 am


Ultraist Agent Justin Kupka writes:

Hey dude, how’s it going,

I took your comics into the con today. I hid them behind Kristen’s desk so i could go find the freebie table, and i looked everywhere but couldn’t find it, so i went back to her desk and her boyfriend had found it and put them out for me. So he directed me to the table, and before i could get a picture of them on the table, they were all gone, and it was litterally like 15 minutes after he put them down. So people LOVED them.

Sorry i couldn’t get a pic : (


Thanks Justin!

My only hope is that it wasn’t one sweaty fan-boy that swiped the whole box…

If you managed to get a freebie copy of SPUD & HARRY #1, please let me know what you thought of it. Spread them around, let your friends read it. Maybe even send in a pic! And if you DIDN’T get one, remember you can always buy one here.

Wow. 15 minutes. And I was worried there might be leftovers…

July 25, 2007


Filed under: Announcements,Colour,Conventions,Spud & Harry — M Kitchen @ 12:40 am

While Mike Kitchen may not be attending the San Diego Comic Con this year, SPUD & HARRY are crashing the party! Keep your eyes open for SPUD & HARRY #1 and you could snag your very own copy FREE!

And while you’re there, don’t forget to grab The Possum #2.

July 24, 2007

HEY! That’s not SPY GUY!!!

Filed under: Announcements,Photos — M Kitchen @ 3:34 pm

Shifting gears to get something done before the end of the week… spent lunch in Tim Horton’s today inking.

Stay tuned for the final…

July 17, 2007


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 8:42 pm

Lao-Tzu quote:

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” *

July 16, 2007

A.P.E.’07 Sketch

Filed under: Conventions,Sketches — M Kitchen @ 9:42 pm

It doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a chance to post any new artwork soon, so in the meantime, here is a sketch that was drawn during this years A.P.E.

More to come.


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 9:30 am

Dave Sim quote:

“A good war comic is the same as a good police comic or detective comic. It’s about the good guys and how tough it can be to be a good guy. It’s about the belief that the good guys always win. The going may get tight and the going may get tough, but hands down the good guys win in the end. How they win, how they almost lose, how they dig down deep for the needed fortitude to make it through, how some of them get wounded and some of them die, that’s all part of the package. Unfortunately it’s very easy to switch sides as Dr. Wertham pointed out, when police comics and detective comics become crime comics, glorifications of criminals and war comics flip over from interesting stories about soldiers into thinly-veiled racist sadomasochism.” *

July 10, 2007


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 11:28 am

Alan Moore (from Mort Weisinger) quote:

“If you’ve got 6 panels on a page, then the maximum number of words that you should have in each panel, is 35. No more. That’s the maximum. 35 words per panel. Also, if a balloon has more than 20 or 25 words in it, it’s gonna look too big. 25 words is the absolute maximum for balloon size. Right, once you’ve taken on board those two simple rules, laying out comics pages – it gives you somewhere to start – you sort of know: “OK, so 6 panels, 35 words a panel, that means about 210 words per page maximum” …and if you’ve got 2 panels you’d have 105 each. If you’ve got 9 panels it’s about 23-24 words – that’ll be about the right balance of words and pictures.” *

July 5, 2007


Filed under: Reference,Uncategorized — M Kitchen @ 12:47 pm

To file under SPY GUY #3 reference.


The One: I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid. You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you, a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries, a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.


His fingernails dug into the palms of his hands and his body sweated with shame.
Well, it was not too late. Here was a target for him, right to hand. He would take on SMERSH and hunt it down. Without SMERSH, without this cold weapon of death and revenge, the MWD would be just another bunch of civil servant spies, no better and no worse than any of the western services.
SMERSH was the spur. Be faithful, spy well, or you die. Inevitably and without any question, you will be hunted down and killed.
It was the same with the whole Russian machine. Fear was the impulse. For them it was always safer to advance than to retreat. Advance against the enemy and the bullet might miss you. Retreat, evade, betray, and the bullet would never miss.
But now he would attack the arm that held the whip and the gun. The business of espionage could be left to the white-collar boys. They could spy, and catch the spies. He would go after the threat behind the spies, the threat that made them spy.
The telephone rang and Bond snatched up the receiver.
He was on to ‘the Link’, the outside liaison officer who was the only man in London he might telephone from abroad. Then only in dire necessity.
‘This is 007 speaking. This is an open line. It’s an emergency. Can you hear me? Pass this on at once. 3030 was a double, working for Redland.
‘Yes, dammit, I said “was”. The bitch is dead now.’

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