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.

October 19, 2010

State of the Studio Address

Filed under: Announcements,Photos,Spy Guy,Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 9:07 am

Starting October 4th 2010 SPY GUY #2 became a full-time job. This is the first time in my life I’ve been able to dedicate the entirety of my “work-time” to a comic. Even when I took two weeks off to complete SPUD & HARRY I was still doing videogame contract work on the side. Two weeks and two days in I can say it’s been an interesting experience. Suddenly there is time to think about the work. Pages that have been sitting idle for over a year are suddenly coming to fruition. That said: There isn’t nearly enough time to do all that needs to be done. On my white board, I wrote all the things I hoped could be accomplished. In my delusions of grandeur I had thought since the comic would replace the “Clark Kent Day Job” that suddenly side projects would replace the time spent making comics. I thought blog entries would come quicker, and the SPY GUY: Minis webcomic would suddenly go live. But you know what? It takes A LOT of time to make a comic. Not quite as much time as it takes to make animation. But more time than enough.

As of this writing, I’m averaging at two days to complete one page, which happens to be the same amount of time it took to complete the SPACE Anthology pages. As I move forward with this comic, it’s becoming apparent where the time is being spent, so it is the hope of this artist that as time moves on the process will become streamlined for maximum speed and productivity. Part of the trick is being able to make snap decisions. Having a solid script helps. Having solid thumbnails helps. Having reference material on hand helps immensely! The rest of it is being able to execute on demand. That trick is a little more tricky. My hunch is that skill will develop as more pages are completed. I’m noticing that having drawn convention sketches has helped a lot. It’s a great format of experimentation in figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

Today’s agenda is putting the final inking touches on the first half of SPY GUY #2 and scanning the pages, turning them into print ready files. This is what the drawing board looks like as of this moment. Note some of the items in the picture: The corkboard full of ideas and reference. The photo of my children. The rulers for drawing perspective and speedlines. The tape for tracing paper transfers. A tracing paper transfer for Page 9. Post it notes full of dialog (for placement on the page). Star Wars Manga book 2 for speedline reference. And Pages 4-10 of SPY GUY #2!

Enough blogging.
Time to get back to work.

September 21, 2010


Filed under: Announcements,Conventions — M Kitchen @ 10:37 pm

Here we go!

September 9, 2010

Secret Identity Podcast 264

Filed under: Announcements,Audio — M Kitchen @ 10:28 am

Back during the 2010 MoCCA Festival I met Brian LeTendre from the Secret Identity Podcast.  As he and Matt Herring were walking by I handed them a comic, then we got to chatting, and next thing you know, Brian was behind the booth and we were doing an interview.  It has just been posted as Secret Identity Podcast #264 and the interview is the last segment of the program.


You can listen to my interview portion right here.

Matt “Matman” Herring

August 26, 2010

Fan Expo 2010 is coming!

Filed under: Announcements — M Kitchen @ 2:19 pm

Tomorrow Fan Expo 2010 begins, and we will be there!
Look for us in the Artist Alley at table A74.

No new comics (darn it) but hopefully the t-shirts, prints, and other miscellany will hold you over.

I’ll even bring some original pages to show from SPY GUY #2.

As you can see, this new main page section is currently under construction.
Soon there will be a new SPY GUY: Minis webcomic series (displayed above).

July 28, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010 – The Loot!

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions — M Kitchen @ 12:56 pm

Here is the loot brought home from San Diego Comic Con 2010:

Whaleboy toy – Patrick Morgan
Superman vs. Spider-Man Treasury – DC | Marvel
Skull toy – Scott Kurtz
Maile toy – Chris Sanders
Reed Gunther #4 – Shane and Chris Houghton
Angora Napkin t-shirt – Troy Little
Jack and Lucky #1 – Anthony Hon
The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Duty Free Shop
Days Missing – Roddenberry Presents
BP – Benaroya Publishing
Dark Horse Convention Signing Book 2010 – Dark Horse
Zambo Dende – 7G Comics
Wayward Sons Legends Preview Special – Benny R. Powell & Weilin Yang
Rod & Barry Flip Book – Roddenberry Presents
Berona’s War stack of prints – Anthony Coffey & Jesse Labbé
And Then One Day Vol. 1 (with paper bag) – Ryan Claytor
Wayfarer’s Moon #3-6 – Jason D. Janicki & Leigh Kellogg
Stick n Puck the Rink Rat Chronicles – Jorden Oliwa
Chris Sanders Sketchbook 4 – Chris Sanders
Curio & Co. print – Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley
World War Monkey – Chet Phillips
Rob The Bot and The Toils of Tomorrow print – Ali Showkati
The Onion Non-Holographic Edition – The Onion
Another Comic Book Paaarty! – Phil Rynda
Anna Arky – James Heffron
Interloper – Michael Heffron & Federico Zumel
Rudy McBacon #8 – Frank A. & Derek O.
Scarlet Huntress #1 – Stephanie & Sean Forney
Little Red Riding Hood Origin of a Huntress – Stephanie Forney
Scarlet Huntress Preview – Stephanie & Sean Forney
Phil Hester print – Phil Hester
Andy Kuhn print – Andy Kuhn
Cursed Pirate Girl #1 – Jeremy Bastian
Berona’s War mini-prints and lanyards – Anthony Coffey & Jesse Labbé
Berona’s War t-shirts – Anthony Coffey & Jesse Labbé
Berona’s War I Field Guide – Anthony Coffey & Jesse Labbé
Thoughts, Scribbles + Madness Volume 3 – Dave Guertin & Greg Baldwin
Slayboy – Adam Hughes
Zatanna postcard – Adam Hughes
From The Vault 3 – Mike Mignola
From The Vault 2 – Mike Mignola
The Possum postcard – Blair Kitchen
Spy Guy postcard – Mike Kitchen
Toupydoops #5-6 – Kevin McShane
The Prometheus Project Book 1: Trapped – Douglas E. Richards
Aipom Comic Con card – Pokemon
Jock – James Baker
Rocket Rabbit buttons – James Baker
The Sundry Seven #00 – Bruno Steppuhn & Jay Korim
Will Eisner Reader – Will Eisner
The Building – Will Eisner

Out of the hundreds of thousands of items, that’s what I came home with.
What did you get?

July 27, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010 – Wrap!

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions — M Kitchen @ 4:40 pm

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

Well San Diego Comic Con 2010 is a wrap.  A good time was had by all (except the poor chap who got stabbed in the eye with a pen).  Now, though it’s time to snap back to reality, the energy gained from this con is going to keep me comic-charged for some time to come.  Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming photos and videos as the week progresses.

The photo above is from the last hour of the last day.  Clockwise from top:  Jesse Labbé of Amity Ink, Blair Kitchen of Possum Press, Anthony Coffey of Amity Ink, and Mike Kitchen of Ultraist Studios.

July 20, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 11:55 am

The week we embark on a historic mission. Ultraist Studios and Possum Press are sending the Kitchen Brothers for the first time ever to San Diego Comic Con, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world!

We’ll be bringing along all of our comics to date, along with some postcards:

glow-in-the-dark t-shirts:

weather-proof vinyl stickers:

and buttons (you’ll have to see those in person).

Swing by our booth to say “hi” at table K05 in the Small Press section.

Hope to see you there!

July 17, 2010

Spy Guy Intelligence Network

Filed under: Announcements — M Kitchen @ 9:58 am

The Spy Guy Intelligence Network is now live.

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June 17, 2010

Indie Spinner Rack 176

Filed under: Announcements,Audio,Conventions — M Kitchen @ 3:14 pm

Charlito and Mr. Phil over at Indie Spinner Rack have just posted their latest episode Issue #176 that contains our MoCCA 2010 interview at 39:39 into the show.


Thanks guys!

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