Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

September 11, 2010

Spy Guy and The Possum vs. SPACE 2010

Filed under: Conventions,Video — M Kitchen @ 12:25 pm

The post production team over at Possum Press have been busy in the editting studio. Check out the two part series documenting Spy Guy and The Possum at SPACE 2010.


part 1


part 2

This is the story of Mike and Blair Kitchen and their journey to Columbus Ohio to take part in the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.). This time, they’ve got a pool, a hot tub and an espresso machine! (That’s sellin’ comics in style!) Watch snippets of The Cerebus Yahoos reading Cerebus Live and having dinner at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, along with interviews with Shane Houghton, Rafer Roberts, Pat Lewis, Derek Watson, Steve Peters, Max Ink, Tim Corrigan, Matt Feazell, David Branstetter as well as Bob Corby, Margaret Liss and Jeff Tundis.

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.

[audio:SI264.mp3]

You can listen to my interview portion right here.

Matt “Matman” Herring

August 23, 2010

Synchronicity

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.

[audio:TheRickyGervaisGuideToPhilosophy.mp3]

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.

[audio:Truthfrequency_08-15-10_1.mp3]

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.

[audio:Truthfrequency_08-15-10_2.mp3]

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.

[audio:SurvivalPodcastepi-00497_clip.mp3]

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 24, 2010

SPY GUY & THE POSSUM vs. Wondercon 2010

Filed under: Conventions,Video — M Kitchen @ 1:10 am

Check it out. Blair got our Wondercon footage edited together and uploaded for world wide broadcast!


part 1.


part 2.

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.

[audio:http://podcast.inmotionhosting.com/ISR176.mp3]

Thanks guys!

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 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.

January 8, 2010

MANTRA 37

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.” *

[audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/fanboyradio/fbr_382.mp3]

October 16, 2009

Chuck Palahniuk: Electronic Print vs. Traditional Print

Filed under: Ramblings,Video — M Kitchen @ 10:21 am

Chuck Palahniuk gets a question about electronic books (kindle) vs. traditional print (books): Answers with a story about his dinner with (name dropping tourettes) NEIL GAIMAN in ITALY… it’s a great answer.

September 21, 2009

Electric Playground Interview

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

Episode 259

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