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The ULTRAIST STUDIOS web presence is going through changes…
New ComicPress main page…
New SPY GUY: Minis…
All new Blog Journal…
I was just informed that the comments feature here at the Ultraist Journal have been broken for some time now… The systems monkey has looked into it, and tells me it should once again be fully operational.
I was thinking it was awfully quite around here…
To file under SPY GUY #3 reference.
From THE MATRIX:
The One: I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid. You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you, a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries, a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.
From CASINO ROYALE:
His fingernails dug into the palms of his hands and his body sweated with shame.
Well, it was not too late. Here was a target for him, right to hand. He would take on SMERSH and hunt it down. Without SMERSH, without this cold weapon of death and revenge, the MWD would be just another bunch of civil servant spies, no better and no worse than any of the western services.
SMERSH was the spur. Be faithful, spy well, or you die. Inevitably and without any question, you will be hunted down and killed.
It was the same with the whole Russian machine. Fear was the impulse. For them it was always safer to advance than to retreat. Advance against the enemy and the bullet might miss you. Retreat, evade, betray, and the bullet would never miss.
But now he would attack the arm that held the whip and the gun. The business of espionage could be left to the white-collar boys. They could spy, and catch the spies. He would go after the threat behind the spies, the threat that made them spy.
The telephone rang and Bond snatched up the receiver.
He was on to ‘the Link’, the outside liaison officer who was the only man in London he might telephone from abroad. Then only in dire necessity.
‘This is 007 speaking. This is an open line. It’s an emergency. Can you hear me? Pass this on at once. 3030 was a double, working for Redland.
‘Yes, dammit, I said “was”. The bitch is dead now.’
The following excerpt is from Dave Sim’s Note From The President, Cerebus 183, June 1994.
No one (or very few people) were in on Bone at the beginning. Andromeda was, the Silver Snail, a handful of others. Now, of course, virtually every distribution outlet and retail store is doing very well with Jeff’s book. For the aggressive ones, this tells them that there’s a great deal to recommend looking for, supporting, and making the ‘next Bone’ happen. For the passive ones, they can afford to sit and wait until it is happening and then jump on the bandwagon (usually wearing an ‘I was Here First’ t-shirt). The same Andromeda that supported Bone from the beginning didn’t carry Cerebus until around issue nine. Harry Kremer who was the only Canadian retailer to buy the first issue (bless ‘im) was told by Ron ‘let me know when he goes to colour.’ To say I was determined to force Andromeda to carry Cerebus would be an understatement. My molars ached. I stayed in the game, I put the books out on schedule and made it impossible for Andromeda to not carry Cerebus. If one or both large distributors won’t carry your book or if you get pitifully small orders from them, the ball is in your court. You have to put together a network of stores, subscriptions and individual sales and put your nose to the grindstone for months or even years until you can prove them wrong. If you can’t sell enough copies with a colour cover on newsprint, then you go to mini-comic format and build interest and attention there by putting the book out regularly and getting better. Remember there are a lot of ballplayers who are drafted pretty high and still spend years in the minors before they’re ‘called up’. The ones who don’t want it badly enough quit. The ones who want it badly enough play their hearts out game after game for months or even years on end.
How badly do you want it?
The 12th Annual Fan Expo is happening September 1-3/06 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center South Building, located at 222 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto Ontario.
Special Celebrity Guests include:
William Shatner – Captain Kirk of Star Trek
Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock of Star Trek
Jim Lee – All Star Batman & Robin
Mike Mignola – creator of Hellboy
Some other Not-so-special Non-celebrity Guests include:
Mike Kitchen – animator on Hellboy, creator of Spy Guy
Blair Kitchen – animator on Curious George, creator of The Possum
Look for us in the Artist Alley!