Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

May 21, 2007

The RIAA Strikes Back

Filed under: Comics,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 2:13 pm

Looks like the Recording Industry of America is at it again.
Click here for the complete story.

In honour of the RIAA’s latest attempt to strike terror into the hearts of college kids, I decided to dust off this comic strip from SPY GUY: Minis as a counter-strike.

UPDATE:

Special Thanks to Ultraist Reader Matt Campbell for the following related articles:

LA Times, May 21, 2007 – Artists and labels seek royalties from radio
The Onion, October 2, 2002 – RIAA Sues Radio Stations For Giving Away Free Music

February 21, 2007

Warren Ellis Interrogation

Filed under: Inspiration,Reference,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 3:46 pm

I recently asked Warren Ellis these questions, and below is his response.

Q. What is the best bit of advice you’ve received, (comic book and/or prose related) which has stuck in your mind throughout your career? And who gave it to you?

Warren. Huh. Probably something Paul Gravett said to me back when I was a kid: the hardest thing in the world is to tell a story so clearly that everyone can understand it.

Q. What is the single greatest trick to writing dialogue “in character”?

Warren. What does the character love? What does the character hate?

February 15, 2007

The Last Diatribe: GOODFELLAS, TRAINSPOTTING and FIGHT CLUB

Filed under: Inspiration,Reference,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 11:15 am

Johnny California posted this over at MillarWorld yesterday.
I’ve copy and pasted it here for posterity.

In GOODFELLAS, here’s what Henry Hill says at the end:

The hardest thing was to leave the life.
I love the life. We were treated like movie stars with muscle.
We had it all. Our wives, mothers, kids, everybody rode along.
I had bags filled with jewelry stashed in the kitchen.
I had a bowl of coke next to the bed.
Anything I wanted was a phone call away.
Free cars. Keys to a dozen hideouts all over the city.
I’d bet ten grand over a weekend then blow the winnings in a week
or go to sharks to pay the bookies.
Didn’t matter. It didn’t mean anything.
When I was broke I would go rob some more.
We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges.
Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking.
And now it’s all over.

That’s the hardest part. Today everything is different.
There’s no action. I have to wait around like everyone else.
Can’t even get decent food. After I got here I ordered
spaghetti with marinara sauce…
…and I got egg noodles with ketchup.

I’m an average nobody.

I get to live the rest of
my life like a schnook.

In TRAINSPOTTING, here are Renton’s last words before the credits:

“So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers, all false. The truth is that I’m a bad person, but that’s going to change, I’m going to change. This is the last of this sort of thing. I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m going to be just like you: the job, the family, the fucking big television, the washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electrical tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisurewear, luggage, three-piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing the gutters, getting by, looking ahead, to the day you die.”

In the middle of FIGHT CLUB, Tyler’s speech:

“I see in fight club the strongest and
smartest men who have ever lived —
an entire generation pumping gas and
waiting tables; or they’re slaves
with white collars.
Advertisements have them chasing cars
and clothes, working jobs they hate
so they can buy shit they don’t need.
We are the middle children of
history, with no purpose or place.
We have no great war, or great
depression. The great war is a
spiritual war. The great depression
is our lives. We were raised by
television to believe that we’d be
millionaires and movie gods and rock
stars — but we won’t. And we’re
learning that fact. And we’re very,
very pissed-off.
We are the quiet young men who listen
until it’s time to decide.”

February 7, 2007

Law & Order: Episode 384

Filed under: Ramblings,Video,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 11:38 am

First let me state that I do not like Ann Coulter.

Last Friday’s Law & Order was an interesting one.
Interesting in that the target of the homicide was loosely based on the aforementioned political commentator, and even more interesting in that I happened to agree with just about everything she said.

And let me repeat: I do not like Ann Coulter.

Now I’m not sure if the writers were just too liberal, and thought that the opinions they were writing were honestly vile and evil, or if the writers were simply trying to accurately express a conservative point of view. Prehaps actress Charlotte Ross was just too charming in her role as political commentator Judith Barlow. Perhaps her dialog was just too intelligent. However the net result was; I found myself nodding in agreement with the Judith Barlow character while every other character in the show would respond with shock and outrage to her comments.

Some memorable quotes:

Female Student: Bitch!
Judith Barlow: Which brings us to the feminist problem.

Judith Barlow: I’ve got a ten-year-old niece who can’t even tell you who the vice president is, but she can sure as hell put a condom on a banana in two seconds flat.

Judith Barlow: I mean, Give a liberal a gun, he’ll shoot himself.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: There’s a reason for gun control.
Judith Barlow: I thought we’d at least get a Cheney joke.

Judith Barlow: The left’s been castrated by the church of Phil Donahue, they don’t carry weapons, hell, they won’t even play dodgeball for God’s sake.

Watch some clips:

CLIP 1

CLIP 2

CLIP 3

CLIP 4

January 29, 2007

A Second Look At The Federal Reserve

Filed under: Audio,Educational,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 4:59 pm

The Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin is a book I heavily referenced for my next comic, Spud & Harry.

It discusses the The Federal Reserve System, Fractional reserve banking, fiat money and precious metals, etc. One of the best reads I’ve had on the subject.

From Amazon: This book is about the most blatant scam of all history. It’s all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Creature from Jekyll Island will change the way you view the world, politics, and money. Your world view will definitely change.

Here is an mp3 lecture with the author G. Edward Griffin. <172mb version>

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Here is an mp3 radio interview with the author G. Edward Griffin.

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In some cases, the audio quality is quite poor, however once you become immersed in the subject matter, you won’t even notice…

January 15, 2007

America Freedom to Fascism

Filed under: Educational,Video,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 11:20 am

I just finished watching this documentary film last night.

It’s a good one.

You can watch the whole thing, by clicking below.

December 28, 2006

Doodling and Lazy Lines

Filed under: Reference,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 11:27 am

One of my biggest stumbling blocks at the moment is that I’m not drawing. I’m doodling. Partially due to time constraints and partially due to being scatter brained. It’s tough drawing comics when there isn’t time to get into the grove.

However, to reach the next plateau, this is something I have to overcome.

And Walt Stanchfield had a couple good lessons on the subject.

17. Doodling

32. Lazy Lines

The above .pdf files are once again from Animation Meat where they have all sorts of good instructional stuff from the masters of animation (located in the notes section).

December 12, 2006

Drawing Folds

Filed under: Reference,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 12:46 pm

One interesting thing about this webcomic experiment is that my stumbling blocks are becoming painfully obvious. There are specific things that (more than others) are causing me to draw slow. One of those is folds. And for a comic that has the majority of the characters wearing suits, that’s a problem I’ve got to solve for myself.

A good place to start is the following drawing class note from Walt Stanchfield, the drawing instructor for Walt Disney Studios.  This is handout number 19, titled: A Simple Approach to Drapery.

The above .pdf file is from Animation Meat where they have all sorts of good instructional stuff from the masters of animation (located in the notes section).

October 19, 2006

Terror Storm

Filed under: Reference,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 1:51 pm

Alex Jones’s Terror Storm is available for viewing at Google Video.

It discusses some of the topics I brought up in SPY GUY: Minis.
Watch the film and decide for yourself.

October 14, 2006

Creator’s Rights – Discussion Continued

Filed under: Announcements,Essays,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 11:25 am

For the original Creator’s Rights journal post: click here

My latest response to Dave Sim: click here

Also, there are some interesting developments regarding both a Dave Sim Cartoon Network Project as well as a CEREBUS (semi-authorized?) 3D Animated Film.

Feel free to comment.

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