Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

September 21, 2009

Electric Playground Interview

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Spy Guy,Video — M Kitchen @ 1:41 pm

Episode 259

September 11, 2009

SPY GUY #1 – Electronic Edition

Filed under: Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 2:01 pm

Now you can read it online right here!

Or read it on paper by getting a copy here.

September 10, 2009

SPY GUY spotted in Toronto

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:27 pm

We’ve just received intel that SPY GUY 1 (and Possum 4) has been spotted in The Silver Snail, The Beguiling, and Dragon Lady Comics in Toronto.

September 1, 2009

SPY GUY #1 (all of them)!

Filed under: Announcements,Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 7:23 pm

This morning I (finally) got the second “over-night” FedEx package from Lebonfon.  Too bad they didn’t ACTUALLY get here “over-night” on Saturday in time for the Fan Expo, yet I digress.

But the even bigger surprise is that not more than an hour later a transport truck arrives with the Mother Load!

Yessir!  ALL the comics are now here in the Ultraist Studios Suburban Stronghold, safe and sound in the secure underground storage facility.  Soon it is time to begin mailing them to the world.

And after that… SPY GUY #2.

August 31, 2009

FAN EXPO 2009 – Success!

Filed under: Conventions,Photos,Sketches,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 5:47 pm

Friday came around… no comics.  When I checked online and saw that the expected “over-night” delivery was going to be Monday at 5:00 pm I got more than a little worried.  Erika did some detective work while I was at the con, and managed to find out that the comics could be here between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm on Saturday; a ray of hope!

So early morning Saturday I tracked the packages from Mirabel to Burlington, and intercepted the transport truck at the sorting station just before noon, grabbed my boxes of comics, and sped to the Fan Expo where Blair was manning the booth.  Talk about deja vu (nearly the same thing happened for the release of Spud & Harry #1).

Never the less, the comics arrived in time for FAN EXPO 2009, and the people couldn’t be happier (except for Christopher Miller who came by early on Friday… sorry Chris).

Both Deadpool and The Comedian agree that SPY GUY #1 is the best SPY GUY comic yet!

Speaking of celebrities, I managed to take these pics:

Linda Hamilton

Lou Ferrigno

Bruce Campbell

Now I REALLY wanted to get a pic of Spock, but unfortunately wasn’t able to… I missed him and Captain Kirk back in 2006 as well…  oh well.  Maybe next time.

And what would a comic con be without FREE SKETCHES!?
Here are some of my favorites:

Black Widow vs. SPY-Derman

Spy Guy vs. Fazeman

Dark Possum vs. Dark Spy Guy
(The un-expected concept of this one is one of my favorites since Spy-Mite! And the idea never would have existed if it wasn’t for doing these sketches.  It’s great exercise in creativity.  I’d really like to colour this one).

Spy Guy vs. The Possum
(These team-up sketches are always fun to do.  Especially trying to mix it up by fitting in a gag that wasn’t expected.)

August 27, 2009


Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 4:45 pm

So I missed Fan Expo 2008.  I was busy with my wife, having a baby.
But this year my schedule is open and I intend to be there!

Hopefully with a brand new comic.

Which brings me to a funny story…

Remember what Dave Sim said way back in the blogandmail #338 (August 15th, 2007)?  Well, it seems, once again, I’ve engineered a situation where everything had to go off like clockwork in order for it to happen.  It got right down to the wire, and my plans were almost foiled by the platinum foil edition.

Today I received this message from Lebonfon:

Hi Mike

We just got the covers, but we got some problem on the saddlestitch machine.

We will build a 100copies (50 of each version) manually so you have at least this for the Fan Expo.

Tonight or tomorrow morning we will saddlestitch the rest and try a saturday delivery for the others 300 if you want.

Please advise

Gestionnaire de Projet / Project Coordinator
Imprimerie Lebonfon inc.

Talk about down to the wire!  So… if you’re one of the lucky ones to pick up your SPY GUY #1 at the FAN EXPO this weekend, you get the ULTRA-RARE-HAND-SADDLESTITCH edition! We’re making them old-school now folks!

If you’re at the show, be sure to come by the POSSUM PRESS / ULTRAIST STUDIOS booth at table A39 and pick up the latest SPY GUY, and THE POSSUM (which is fantastic by the way – Blair really outdid himself on issue #4 – best POSSUM to date).  We’ll be doing the usual free sketches if you buy something, and we’ll have the classic VALUE PACK so you can get everything for cheap!

See you there!

ps.  Perhaps on SPY GUY #2 I’ll heed Dave Sim’s sage advice…

August 10, 2009

SPY GUY #1 Off To Printers

Filed under: Announcements,Colour,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 5:38 pm

On Friday around noon the pages to SPY GUY #1 were sent to Lebonfon for printing.

Here’s a first look at the cover:

Now let’s see if we get it delivered in time for FANEXPO 2009.

July 22, 2009

SPY GUY#1 Inking is DONE!

Filed under: Announcements,Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 1:55 pm

These pages have now been inked and scanned.  What is still left to do?

  • Gray Tones
  • Cover
  • Police Logo
  • Backmatter
  • Inside Back Cover

Just over a week to go before sending it off to Lebonfon for printing.

July 19, 2009

SPY GUY #1 Cover BG Painting

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

This morning I began painting the background for the cover of SPY GUY #1!

While the family was away today, production migrated upstars into the temporary Kitchen Studio.  Click to see the tag labels (on flickr).

The last time I painted anything like this was way back in 2001 when I did the cover for SPY GUY: Bootleg.  Crikey, that was a long time ago!

June 13, 2009

SPY GUY #1 Preview

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:47 am

Here is a preview of Page 4 (the first page of art) from SPY GUY #1.  Coming soon!

Click above for enlarged image.

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