Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

October 29, 2010

Influence Map

Filed under: Inspiration,Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 10:20 am

Mike Kitchen's Influence Map

Here’s my list, starting from the top left.

  1. Dave Sim – Cerebus. My biggest influence.  Obviously.  When I first read Cerebus 166 back in January of 1993 I realized that this was how a black and white independent comic should be made.  I admired that it was creator owned, and self-published and didn’t pull any punches.  I liked that there was an editorial page, a letters column and extra stuff in the back.  And I was amazed at the results of cross-overs that happened with other artists who owned their creations (such as this one with Sergio Aragonés – Groo)
  2. The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars was a huge influence.  But Empire Strikes Back trumped it.  I think it was the AT-AT Walker sequence on Hoth that made me decide to do effects animation.  Pretty cool that I had a chance to work for the man who animated them when I was at Tippett Studio working on Hellboy.
  3. Chuck Jones – Looney Tunes. These cartoons are most likely the reason why I’m still drawing cartoony characters in the comics I make today.  Probably explains the violence as well.  This is harebrained comedy at it’s finest.
  4. Conspiracy Theories. It was Jello Biafra that first opened the door to this stuff, and it’s been down the rabbit hole ever since.  These are my favorite stories.
  5. Silver Age comic books. It was a box of silver age comics that got me hooked on the standard comic book format.  Batman 244  by Neal Adams was my favorite of the bunch.
  6. Katsuhiro Otomo – Akira. I had already decided to become an animator when I watched the animated Akira movie.  But it changed the way I looked at animation.  From there I read the manga series, and it changed the way I looked at comics.
  7. Steve Ditko – Spider-Man. Everything I liked about comics in the 1980’s was a result of what Steve Ditko did in the 1960’s.
  8. Bill Watterson – Calvin & Hobbes. It was newspaper comic strips that got me reading comics, but it was Calvin & Hobbes that made me see their true potential.  I always dreamed that Bill Watterson would do more full comic book format stories, like the painted ones he did in The Lazy Sunday Book…
  9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This was the movie that made me get into animation.  It also has a lot of the same ambience that I try to create in my comics.
  10. Blade Runner. Cyberpunk done right.
  11. Transformers. Seriously, how could you grow up in the 80’s and not be influenced by giant transforming robots.

What are the things that influence you?
Go grab the template from fox-orian at deviantart.com and fill one out yourself.
Be sure to share a link in the comments if you do.


  1. I guess it’s no coincidence that our influences are almost identical…… I think I’ll have to do one of these too and see what I come up with.

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — October 30, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  2. It’s interesting to see the list of things that influence other people.
    Here is a search for “influence map” on deviant art.
    And here is a search for “influence map” on google.

    Comment by M Kitchen — October 30, 2010 @ 8:15 am

  3. Here’s mine. http://www.possumpress.com/blog/?p=377

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — October 31, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

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