Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

February 25, 2007


Filed under: Colour,Doodles — M Kitchen @ 8:46 am

If Hellboy had a sister… what would she look like?

Viktor Kalvachev posed this question over at The Drawing Board last January.

Which got me thinking. This is the part of creation I enjoy the most. The logical progression in trying to flesh out an idea. Sitting at work, after a couple minutes of processing time, an image began to form in my head.

This is my thought process:

I assumed that if Hellboy was to have a sister, it would be a younger sister. Because there has been no mention of an older sister anywhere in the series, a younger sister seemed like the only logical choice. She couldn’t be a little kid, because Hellboy is something like 70 years old.

She wouldn’t have a Right Hand Of Doom, because that is the sort of item that would be a one-of-a-kind rarity. And her brother’s the one that’s got it.

When she came to earth, it would be in flames, like when baby Hellboy was summoned. She would arrive unclothed, however Hellboy isn’t a cheesecake sort of comic, and I’m pretty sure that Hellboy (who would be bound to be first on the scene) would not let his sis’ walk around in the nude, him being accustomed to human traditions and all. Hence the choice of having her covered with Hellboy’s trench coat.

She would arrive with horns. Now, whether she would follow her brother’s lead and cut them off later is debatable, but my best thinking is she wouldn’t, and would instead treat them as a hair accessory; women are like that.

Personality-wise, to start, she would be like a deer caught in the headlights, wondering what sort of world she has gotten herself into. The rest would develop later, depending on the story archs. So that is what I tried to capture in this image.

I did my best attempt at aping Mignola’s style for this.
You can let me know if I was at all successful.

I’ve posted the above image both at The Drawing Board and on the Hellboy Forums.
And if you want to check out the original concept doodles, click open the comment section below.

February 24, 2007

Boston Legal: Episode 60

Filed under: Ramblings,Video — M Kitchen @ 5:59 pm

For as long as I can remember, going back to the 1970’s, things have steadily been going out of whack. Corporate profiteering and feminism seem, to me, to be the primary culprits to the sordid state of today’s society. Priorities are out of place. The breakdown of the family unit has given way to a generation of delinquents and worker drones. We are bombarded with propaganda. Gender rolls are blurred. Socialist daycare becomes the primary caregiver. The way we are expected to live is just… wrong.

The truth is; an “independent woman” working mother is an oxymoron. In an age where 2 income families are the norm, its effect on society is to simply raise the cost of living to the point where 2 incomes become required. Corporations win by getting more labourers. Mom and Dad win by getting more spending money. The ones who pay for all this are children who end up without proper parental supervision and guidance.

Which is why I find it interesting when these ideas appear in the mass media.
Click below to watch video clips of this week’s episode of Boston Legal:



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 20, 2007


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 12:22 pm

Robert McKee quotes:

“When we peek behind the grinning mask of comic cynicism, we find a frustrated idealist. The comic sensibility wants the world to be perfect, but when it looks around, it finds greed, corruption, lunacy. The result is an angry and depressed artist.”

“Comedy is at heart an angry, antisocial art. To solve the problem of weak comedy, therefore, the writer first asks: What am I angry about? He finds that aspect of society that heats his blood and goes on an assault.” *

February 18, 2007

SPY GUY Sketch

Filed under: Sketches,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 12:45 pm

Another sketch done for our most recent Ultraist Shopper
I especially like the way this one turned out.

The Possum appears courtesy of Possum Press.

February 17, 2007

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.20

Filed under: Spy Guy,Webcomic — M Kitchen @ 6:53 pm

Last night I got stuck over 2 hours in transit.
And you got this comic – enjoy!

February 15, 2007


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 13, 2007

SPY GUY – Webcomic pt.19

Filed under: Spy Guy,Webcomic — M Kitchen @ 1:21 am

What’s that you say?

Shouldn’t you be working on Spud & Harry on your free time? Or on that freelance project? Or on those character designs for that TV pitch? Or on that other secret project you signed a NDA for? Or spending some time with your family? Or possibly getting some sleep?

Yes. Possibly. However, I thought I’d try to crank this strip out somewhere inbetween.

February 12, 2007

100 Variant Covers – UPDATE

Filed under: Other — M Kitchen @ 11:58 pm

3 posts back the Ultraist Blog Journal broke the story on the Ultimate Spider-Man 100 variant covers.

Now we bring you this exclusive scoop!

What? You thought you could get through the week without the mention of Dave Sim? Foolish blog reader.

In his latest press release, Dave Sim is quoted as saying:

“…to mark just so extraordinary achievement struck me as calling for a completely unprecedented contribution from the Pariah King of Comics: Dave Sim doing his first ever Spider-Ham cover!

[For those not aware of the history, way back when the earth was still cooling and I had done my three consecutive Wolverroach covers on Cerebus 54, 55 and 56—thereby sincerely pushing the boundary between misappropriation of a trademarked character and legitimate parody—I suspect that Marvel decided to fire a warning shot across my bow by coming up with a funny animal version of Spider-man that was basically Cerebus in a Spider-man costume. I don’t know whose idea it was (Jim Shooter his own self?) but I have to say that I always admired the thinking behind it. It was a very measured response along the lines of “See? How do YOU like it?” while also a creative one and, ultimately, a profitable one! According to my Overstreet Guide, Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham ran for seventeen issues from May 1985 to September 1987 as part of Marvel’s Star Comics children’s line. Not a bad run for the mid-80s]

Anyway, I always thought it would be interesting if an opportunity arose where I could draw Spider-Ham (just for the experience if nothing else) and this benefit project seemed like the moment I had been waiting for.”


The above image is the pencils.
Stay tuned for the coloured final.

February 9, 2007


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 5:40 pm

Chuck Palahniuk quote:

Q.Give us the scenario where you are stuck. You know, where you know where the story wants to go, but it’s not fleshed out the way you thought or something…

Chuck.Okay, let me ask you a question first. Do you ever go into the bathroom, sit on the toilet when you don’t need to take a shit? Do you? Do you ever just sit there when you are like, completely empty, and you sit there and push? No, you don’t. You go eat something. And then you live your life. And then what happens, happens. And it’s the same thing with writing. It’s like, if I don’t have an idea that I’m not absolutely terrified of losing, then I don’t bother to write.*

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