Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

September 13, 2010

JAVILAND Episode 39 Interview

Filed under: Audio,Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 3:24 pm

Last night Javier Hernandez (creator of EL MUERTO, MAN-SWAMP and WEAPON TEX-MEX) invited me on his JAVILAND podcast to discuss my Thoughts on Digital Comics and File Sharing post I wrote back on September 5th. We chatted for an hour and a half and you can listen to it all here:

[audio: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-24098/TS-396435.mp3]

One point I should have made more clear regarding the hypothetical t-shirt bootleg situation is that if someone were to make unauthorized Spy Guy merchandise, one positive way to look at the situation is that this bootlegger is testing the market for me. If they are able to successfully sell unauthorized merchandise, just think of how successful I could be marketing AUTHORIZED merchandise to that same market! It’s the law of supply and demand. If people want something, they’re going to find a way to get it. So why not market to that audience, give it to them and profit? And don’t forget, as owner of the copyright and trademark, I have the legal high ground if I were ever decide to exercise my power and go after them.

Another point I just thought of regarding digital comics: Resolution. We’ve all heard stories about artists who create their comic for the internet and save the files in a low resolution that makes printing them at high quality impossible. That’s something to think about when offering an online version of your work. It helps to deter counterfeit editions being mass produced. And because you hold the original high resolution version, that allows you to control the high quality reproduction in the physical world.

The last point is to make sure that you always offer a way for the reader (in cyberspace or meatspace) to link back to you so that your current work is always acting as an advertisement for your future work.

Hey! Here is a photo of Javier Hernandez with the Kitchen Brothers from WonderCon 2010!

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 23, 2010


Filed under: Audio,Thoughts,Video — M Kitchen @ 10:27 pm

At the beginning of last week David Branstetter of Strawman Comics sent me this video by Stefan Molyneux from over at Freedomain Radio, which then started a discussion over at Cyper.com

Throughout the week, a recurring message has been coming at me in a steady stream of synchronicities. It started with this clip form the Ricky Gervais Show.


The idea of programming a virtual reality world for your perfect life gave me the realization that THIS life we are living is the one we should be programming. Especially if the talk of a holographic universe has anything to it (David Icke has been talking about this for some time now). We live this life once. Why not make it the life you want to live?

Next were two segments from Truth Frequency. The first was this one where Chris Geo talked of how he raised his own consciousness simply by starting his own radio show.


It confirms to me a suspicion I had in regards to becoming successful making comics full time. It really is a “cart before the horse” scenario that sounds completely backwards, but in reality seems to be the only way forward. The internal mind chatter says that first there must be success, and then it can become a livelyhood. But the only way to make it a successful livelyhood is by first living it.

The next segment from the show reinforced the idea that when you do what you are supposed to be doing, the universe (or God) provides.


Finally Jack Spirko summed it up with an answer to a question at the end of his Friday episode of The Survival Podcast. The twelve year old kid in me was always creating worlds and drawing comics.


As I mentioned over at Cyper, the “master / slave” relationship is something that has taken me nearly thirty six years to understand. We are born into this “master / slave” relationship, born into bondage. But what happens when you are finally able to break free of the Matrix? Then what? That is when the adventure really begins…

The journey is detailed in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
Here are two versions to watch.
One a literal animation.
The other an allegorical slide show.

Adding to the synchronicity of it all, this is what the core story of SPY GUY: First Strike is really about.

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!

January 8, 2010


Filed under: Audio,Mantra — M Kitchen @ 11:55 am

Grant Morrison quote:

“I’ve been reading about the scientific theory of emergence, which is basically that if you get a bunch of simple things together, and you get enough of them, they start to form something complex. Like, a single sponge cell is completely stupid, but a bunch of sponge cells can actually do stuff, move around, eat, keep themselves going. So, I was applying this theory to writing. Because, we’ve all heard the story about how writers talk about they get to a point in the story when it gets so involved and the story and the characters seem to take over. And as a writer I can say that actually happens, there’s a moment when the story takes over and you’re kind of forced into making choices that you may’ve not made otherwise. So I like the idea that there’s maybe actually something going on here that had to do with emergence, that you can make the story complex enough that the story almost begins to compute for itself, and start to think for itself.” *


July 15, 2009

Song Of The Day…

Filed under: Audio — M Kitchen @ 8:31 am

As we get into the final stretch of SPY GUY #1, we present to you The Dead Kennedys with a little bit of inspirational music:

I Spy
Dead Kennedys

February 6, 2009


Filed under: Audio,Mantra — M Kitchen @ 11:59 am

John Romita Jr quote:

“I’m a fan of several different artists.  Leinil Yu and David Finch and Bryan Hitch. Those three guys I get their books and I keep them near by my desk and I look at what they do.  They’re a breath of fresh air in the industry.  I still keep Jim Lee’s work and both of the Kubert brothers work around.  Now what I mean by ‘keep around’ is … there are moments when I wake up on a monday morning and I’m not in the greatest working mode, and that’s true of anybody.  So what I do is I pick through and look through some of the other guy’s work and see how much ambition they put in theirs.  AND THEN (and you’re going to think I’m out of my fricken mind) I go to message boards and have people send me links to all of my critics (not all, but the people who hate my stuff) and I read the poison that is e-mailed to the message board and it inspires me.  So between the young studs that are really really good and the banannas that hate my guts online, it gets me in the mood to work.  And if THAT doesn’t work, I open up my mortgage payment bills everymonth, and that REALLY inspires me.” *


Mark Millar quote:

“Johnny’s got the best work ethic that I’ve ever seen in my life – even outside of comics. I’ve never seen anyone who works as hard as Johnny. He gets up at like 5 am, and does an hour in the gym, and just starts drawing. He’s like a comics drawing machine – he can turn a full issue around in a week, and it’s better than anyone else. Rumor has that he did one issue of Spider-Man in four days one time. There’s no one like him – he’s Marvel’s greatest asset.” *

January 13, 2009


Filed under: Audio,Mantra — M Kitchen @ 11:37 am

Shane Glines quote:

“It just got to the point where I got really fed up with it, and I just decided that I don’t want to go through this anymore. It got to a point where I just did not enjoy drawing. And to me that was just tragic because that was the one thing in my life that I could always depend on… you know, that I loved, and it brought me pleasure, and all of a sudden it’s causing me so much pain that I was thinking of changing my career and just going to work for a gas station.

I really worked hard, I did everything from reading Tony Robbins books, to reading books about NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming, trying to figure out what the Hell is going on in my brain, why have I linked so much pain to this to the point where I can’t even start working?

I’d sit down to draw, and I’d put all this pressure on me, that, you know… you can imagine, to sit down and create in that mindset is just impossible. So I just really worked hard to sort of get back to figuring out what I enjoyed about it when I first started drawing to please myself.

And being a lot more organized as far as my schedule and every night I’d sit down with my notebook and I’d plan out what I’m gonna work on the next day, and you know, just try to become more professional.” *


January 10, 2009


Filed under: Audio,Mantra — M Kitchen @ 10:00 pm

Seth book title:

“It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken” *


December 29, 2008

30 – 70

Filed under: Announcements,Audio,Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 3:44 pm

Many years ago I envisioned the transitioning from a career in animation to a career self-publishing comics.

In animation wage-slavery, there is fairly decent upfront money, only you’re living hand to mouth where the fruits of your labour are owned by your wage-slave-masters.  The most obvious dilemma was that there is no up front money in making your own comic (and potentially no money off the back end either pending public opinion).

My solution to this dilemma:  You start with 10 percent of your time commited to making your comic, and 90 percent of your time earning a slave-wage.  As you begin making progress with your personal work, you can begin the transitional process.  You up the comic time to 30 percent, and then 50 percent, and then 70 percent, and so on until you reach 100 percent.

It’s easy to talk conceptual.  But breaking the mind out of the control matrix and diving off the deep end is hard.

This is where I have been stuck, in the 10 – 90 ratio.

During a “Brain Trust” brainstorm last month, Matt Campbell said:  “There is a source that has unlimited resources.  It’s like an ocean; you can draw a thimble of resources from it every year, or 10,000 gallons every day.  It makes no difference to this source because it has an infinite amount.  It’s the same source that makes planets and solar systems.  All it asks first is that you eliminate fear, judgmental constructs, to be kind, to have love and to be in tune with your surroundings.  It will make everything easy (and make all the wrong choices really really difficult).”

Which made me think how the Bible says something similar in Luke 12:  “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

2009 will be an ultimate experiment in proving all these theories.

After almost a decade of thinking about this, it appears that 2009 is the year I’ll finally begin to make the plunge.

A change in this years day job will free up a good 30 percent more time for comic making.  However that 30 percent gained in temporal currency is also 30 percent lost in slave-wages, so suddenly the comic work that used to be extracurricular now has to start pulling some weight.  It has graduated to something more than just a hobby.

I get the feeling that the Rubicon is being crossed… and it’s exhilarating.


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