Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

December 22, 2010

A Dinner With Dave Sim At Ultraist Studios

Filed under: Announcements,Inspiration — M Kitchen @ 11:41 pm

I’ll spare the details and let the following speak for itself:

Dave Sim at the drawing board in the Ultraist Studios Art Bunker reading SPY GUY #2 and then offering his invaluable critique.

Dave Sim at Ultraist Studios

Dave Sim at Ultraist Studios

As for the rest of the visit: The following account comes from a fax message from Dave Sim to fellow comic legend Steve Bissette via the Comicon.com Message Board

Dave Sim fax

Dave Sim fax

All that said; I’m looking forward to doing the fix suggestions on SPY GUY #2 and then laser focusing my efforts on the upclose character inks on SPY GUY #3 and knocking those out of the park.


  1. Okay, Mike. That fax pretty much explains what we’re seeing in the photos.

    But…. WOW.

    How the heck did all this come about?! Seriously, how great that you were able to host Dave in your home. And how fortunate to have received some editorial guidance from him.

    What a great Christmas present!



    Comment by Javier Hernandez — December 23, 2010 @ 12:37 am

  2. That could turn into a long story. But the short version is we had a good conversation with Dave at the glamourpuss black tie event in Halifax, and I decided to follow through with a suggestion from Erika back in 2004 to invite Dave over for dinner. A good time was had by all!

    Comment by M Kitchen — December 23, 2010 @ 10:12 am

  3. Man, ….. it makes me want to draw comics!!

    Merry Christmas Javier!!!!

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — December 23, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  4. Nice! . Sounds like the evening must of been full of fun and interesting discussion. A moment to remember and enjoy.

    Comment by TIE — December 23, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  5. As always seems to be the case, in person Dave comes across as a wonderful, generous, outgoing, compassionate, giving, grateful and loving person.
    But then when he’s alone with only his vivid and grossly distorted imagination, in letter form he comes across as abundantly egotistical, self pitying, spiteful, resentful and hateful.
    All of it self-inflicted.

    Dave Sim: Drama Queen King of Comics.
    What a shame.

    (Anyway, good luck with the inking, Mike. Looking forward to seeing the results)

    Comment by j(ay) — December 27, 2010 @ 5:29 am

  6. I know some people think he comes across that way in letter form, but I don’t see it that way. Vivid imagination? Yes. But for anyone who spends their lifetime creating, a vivid imagination is essentially vital to survival. To me, Dave has always come across (in person and in print) as someone who simply says what is on his mind in the best way he is able to (and he always has a lot on his mind). I find that refreshing.

    Comment by M Kitchen — December 31, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

  7. Steve Bissette just got to his response directed at this fax over at MYRANT.

    Comment by M Kitchen — January 1, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

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