Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

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!

June 26, 2010

Spy Guy & Charlie Veitch vs. G20 Toronto

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:21 am

This weekend in Toronto is the G20 summit. When I heard the story of what happened to Charlie Veitch of the Love Police, I knew Spy Guy would have to get involved. What better way to kick off SPY GUY: Minis 2.

Half a page in half a day… that’s the fastest I’ve drawn something in a long time.

June 14, 2010

Cerebus as Spy Guy

Filed under: Sketches,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:57 am

Cerebus as Spy Guy head sketch by Dave Sim.
You know this has to go in the letters page of Spy Guy #2.

April 17, 2010

SPY GUY vs. MoCCA 2010

Filed under: Comics,Conventions,Video — M Kitchen @ 6:58 am

Take a look at this Ultraist TV special coverage of the MoCCA Festival in New York City, 2010.  See how many familiar faces and favorite indie comics you can spot!

This is the loot that was traded on Sunday.

March 23, 2010

SPACE 2010 Anthology

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:15 pm

An all new SPY GUY story is now available to read (for free) at ComicsXP in conjunction with the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo.  Just click to download.  There is a new POSSUM story in there too.  Let us know what you think.

UPDATE: The ComicsXP site seems to have gone down, so the links have been redirected to function locally.

March 8, 2010

The Making Of SPY GUY #1 Page 7

Filed under: Nostalgia,Photos,Sketches,Spy Guy,Video — M Kitchen @ 9:41 am

Here is a “behind the scenes” look at the making of SPY GUY #1 Page 7.  This one is interesting not only because it is the “hook” for issue 1, but it also contains the very first gag ever created for Spy Guy.

Back around 2004 I got to thinking that every comic book should have a “hook”.  A page that while you’re flipping through it in the comic book shop, it catches your eye, and you go “whoa!”, and in that moment you are given enough information to get a gist of what the book is about, and are enticed to learn more.  It would most likely contain a splash page image, and should contain a joke or one-liner that can be absorbed in an instant.  When I began brainstorming what the issue #1 hook should be, this gag came to mind.  It is one of the earliest Spy Guy drawings ever done, circa 1988, and is what I consider to be an iconic image for Spy Guy.  What better place to use it than in the very first issue of the Unlimited Series.

Pretty good gag. But for the comic it had to be more dynamic. That became very apparent while I was putting together the mock-up copy that I use to pace out the comic with.

Once I started the full sized roughs of the new dynamic pose, I realized that I wasn’t getting the drawing right at all. Once you tilt it at a bit of an angle, you start getting some perspective and the way the trench coat falls gets more complicated. I needed photo reference.

In doing video reference for animation, I discovered how much superior using video reference is compared to using photo reference, because you can capture thousands of frames to chose from, and you get better action because you don’t get stiff as you hold still for the camera.

You can even see in the video above that I’m delivering the line of dialog in case that effects the pose in anyway.  Below is the image I screen grabbed to use as reference for the actual panel.

From there I did some pencil sketches in front of the computer on 11 x 17 paper.  Here is the 11 x 17 rough I created.  The sharpie work was done on the bus on route to the GO Train back when I had a daily commute and was featured in a blog journal post a while back.  I find the sharpie is useful for really blocking in some forms to base the final pencils around.

From there I took the sharpie rough, and did a tracing paper pencil over it to tighten the drawing before transferring it over to the S-172 Bainbridge illustration board.

For the final pencils and inks, I pulled out the gun reference that I keep beside the drawing board at all times.

And this is what it looks like in the final page.  You can read it in context right here.

The page has gotten quite a few comments, so I can only assume that it accomplished what I set out to do with it. Now there you have it;  the making of SPY GUY #1 Page 7.

March 7, 2010

On the Drawing Board…

Filed under: Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 4:57 pm

Been busy, busy, busy working on SPY GUY #2… want to see a panel?

January 20, 2010

On the Drawing Board…

Filed under: Announcements,Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 11:49 am

Here is the first panel for the 2 page SPACE 2010 Anthology that I am working on right now.  I’ve always had a problem with going in with the blacks for contrast, but I’m very pleased with the way this one is coming along.  Thought I’d share.

Now back to the drawing board.

January 3, 2010

Comic Related Hot Shot of the Week!

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:30 pm

SPY GUY #1 has just been nominated as the HOT SHOT OF THE WEEK by Comic Related! Click on over to read the review and see what they had to say about it.

SPY GUY is leaping into 2010 with both guns blazing.
Gonna be one heck of a year!

December 22, 2009

iSpy T-Shirt & Apparel

Filed under: Announcements,Shop,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 3:11 pm
iSpy

All new GLOW IN THE DARK Spy Guy Gear is now available through spreadshirt.com! Featuring a design I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Rollover the image above for a simulation of the GLOW IN THE DARK feature. You can chose from a range of clothing styles and colours.

Take a look!

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