Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

April 6, 2011

Indie Comics Magazine #2 in stores now!

Filed under: Announcements,Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:23 am

Comic book readers who are interested in Aazurn Publishing’s Indie Comics Magazine and did not preorder #2 need to buy today at their local comic shop, said Editor Gary Scott Beatty.

“They’ll disappear fast! We have no huge overprint, no digital version and no back issue sales,” Beatty explained.

Appearing in this issue is Mike Kitchen (Spy Guy), Alonzo Washington (Omega 7), Tim Vigil (Faust), Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual), Michael Marcus and George McVey (Pulp Dreams, IF-X), Gary Scott Beatty (Jazz: Cool Birth), and Blair Kitchen (The Possum).

The cover to #2 features a full color painting by Tom Kelly (DC’s Zuda).

“We’re receiving kudos for the diverse styles in Indie Comics Magazine #1,” said Beatty. “#2 has a different lineup. Both issues feature done-in-one stories, short bios of the creators and a huge chunk of indie goodness.”

Indie Comics Magazine introduces readers to talented comic book pros with regional fan bases that deserve wider audiences, said Beatty. It is likely the talent in Indie Comics Magazine #2 will never appear in the same publication together again.

ICM #2 on the shelf at Conspiracy Comics in Burlington, ON.

April 2, 2011

CerebusTV: Episode 59!

Filed under: Announcements,Photos — M Kitchen @ 9:34 am

As announced Thursday, The Kitchen Family makes their debut appearance on CerebusTV.  You will see video footage  from The Last Signing.  A secret look inside the Cerebus Archive.  Hear Dave read broken Spanish from The Possum.  Watch as Jacob Kitchen signs an autograph for Dave.  See Dave draw a head sketch of Cerebus as The Possum. Get a sneak peek at the newest issue of glamourpuss.  AND there is even a preview of “The Kitchen Family Players” doing a comic reading performance of the NEW SPY GUY story from Indie Comics Magazine #2.  This episode will be streaming live all week. After that it’s gone, so watch it today at CerebusTV.com!

All this, AND Dave Sim rocks out his iSpy glow-in-the-dark Spy Guy t-shirt!  If you want one for yourself, you can get one (in any colour) here!  (You can also get your very own Possum t-shirt here!)

March 31, 2011

CerebusTV: Episode this Friday!

Filed under: Announcements — M Kitchen @ 8:49 am

CEREBUS TV CROSSOVER! “The Kitchen Family Players” sneak preview meets THE LAST SIGNING coverage as Mike (SPY GUY) Kitchen, Blair (THE POSSUM) Kitchen, their wives and seven (count ’em) seven children drivefrom Southern Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia for Dave Sim’s THE LAST SIGNING. A lead-in to a LOST BUT NOW FOUND CEREBUS TV EPISODE from July 2010, “Head Sketches R Us” CEREBUS AS BLAIR KITCHEN’s THE POSSUM with guest appearance of all-the-crazy-stuff Indy mini-comics genius Ralph Kidson sends from England. And what was up with Alex Raymond and all the photos of him with pretty young models?
It’s the fasted half-hour of Internet Comic Book TV!

Begins showing at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Friday, April 1st at http://www.Cerebus.TV/

March 28, 2011

Now I’ll Ask YOU One… A dialogue with Dave Sim & The Kitchen Bros.

Filed under: Announcements,Mail,Now I'll Ask You One... — M Kitchen @ 3:12 pm

Happening all this week (March 28 – April 1) and next (April 4 – 8).
Only at Ultraist Studios and Possum Press!
Stay tuned to the blogs as the conversation progresses!

spy guy cerebus the possum

March 22, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 3:45 pm

Just been retweeted by ICE T.
Thanks! That made my day!

February 5, 2011

Special Order SPY GUY in Indie Comics Magazine 2

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:51 pm

Would you like your local comic shop to order Indie Comic Magazine #2 containing the 8 Page exclusive story SPY GUY:  The Case Of The Anunnaki Artifact?  Just print out the below order form and bring it to your local comic book guy by February 18 2011.  Couldn’t be easier!

Click above for easy printing pdf version.

SPY GUY Infiltrates Diamond Comic Distributors

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:38 pm

The Ultraist Blog Journal has just received intelligence reports that after years of resistance, SPY GUY has managed to infiltrate Diamond Comics Distributors via Indie Comic Magazine #2.

January 27, 2011

SPUD & HARRY Nominated as S.P.A.C.E. Prize Finalist.

Filed under: Announcements,Spud & Harry — M Kitchen @ 2:23 pm

Space Prize

SPUD & HARRY has been nominated for The 2010 S.P.A.C.E. Prize in the General Category.

Voting ends this coming Monday.

To read the online preview edition just click on the cover below.

Spud and Harry preview

All finalists are posted at http://www.backporchcomics.com/space_prize.htm

All 2010 S.P.A.C.E. exhibitors be sure to vote by sending your picks to Bob Corby by January 31!

January 17, 2011

More From Dave Sim

Filed under: Announcements — M Kitchen @ 11:12 am

Too busy animating today to comment on this, but for now; here are Dave’s thoughts on SPY GUY #1 and #2 (and hedging his bets vs. a bridal boutique).

Dave Sim Spy Guy

December 27, 2010

SPY GUY Hated By The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) ?

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Mail — M Kitchen @ 12:13 pm

The following form letter comes from Chris Butcher:


TCAF 2011 Exhibitor Application

From:  Christopher Butcher <contact@torontocomics.com>
To: “Mike@Ultraist. Net” <mike@ultraist.net>

Dear Mike,

Thanks for your interest in exhibiting at the next Toronto Comic Arts
Festival, to be held this May 7th and 8th, 2011.

As you know, TCAF is a juried show that strives to present a curated,
though broad, picture of the comics medium. We received 30% more
applications this year over 2010. But as our space has not
significantly increased over 2010, not everyone who applied will be
able to exhibit.

As of today we have completely filled our 2011 capacity, and we were
not able to immediately accommodate your request for space.

However, we have decided to create a small waiting list for exhibition
space. We’ve only included exhibitors such as yourself whose work
would be a good fit for TCAF, and who have the potential to actually
get a table.

What’s next:

1. If you don’t want to be a part of the waiting list or can otherwise
not exhibit at TCAF 2011 any longer, please let us know and we’ll take
your name off the list.

2. In early March we’ll have a final count of exhibitors, as well as a
final table layout. That’s when we’ll know how many (if any) extra
table spaces are available, and we will begin contacting people on the
waiting list.

3. It is going to be far easier to accommodate people on the waiting
list requesting 3 foot spaces, rather than 6 foot spaces. If you’ve
requested 6 feet of space, feel free to adjust your request downwards
by e-mailing us at registration@torontocomics.com.

4. Make sure you’re signed up for the TCAF mailing list at
http://torontocomics.com/, because TCAF is much more than a two-day
exhibition, and even without exhibition space there may be ways for
you to take part in the event and promote your work!

5. Don’t get discouraged! The competition was really tough this year
for exhibitor spaces. Keep making comics, keep making plans, and we’ll
do our best to find a space for you at the Festival.

Regardless of exhibition space, we sincerely hope you’ll still
consider attending the Festival this May. We’ve got a ton of exciting
stuff coming up for this year, including the announcement of our
Guests of Honour, partnerships with some great organizations, and more
programming than we’ve ever done before. We’re planning on making TCAF
2011 our best yet.

All the best,

– Christopher Butcher, Festival Director, TCAF

P.S.: As always, feel free to contact us at contact@torontocomics.com
with any questions, comments, or concerns.


The thing that I find unfortunate about this is TCAF is a show I wish I could support. I’m a Toronto artist, creating an independent Toronto comic book, that even TAKES PLACE in Toronto, AND I think the Beguiling is a GREAT comic book store (that has always shelved our comics). When we attended TCAF in 2007 we had a great time (even though we didn’t make enough money to cover the table cost). The whole thing is just very unfortunate. Have to say though, I’m tired of the rejection. This will be the last year I go out of my way to submit an application in an attempt to get a table with TCAF.

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