Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

December 26, 2007

Boxing Day A|V Press Release

Filed under: Announcements,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 2:07 pm

The following press release has been wired to Ultraist Studios newsroom via Aardvark-Vanaheim:

Happy Boxing Day!
The title of Dave Sim’s new project is “glamourpuss.”
What is it about, you ask? Well, go to…
And enter…

Editor’s note: You must watch the animated trailer.

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Announcements,Audio — M Kitchen @ 9:07 am

It’s that time of year where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, by gluttoning ourselves with crass consumerism, indulging ourselves with all our material wants, and indebting ourselves further to the global financial institutions that wish to enslave us.

So cuddle up by the fire, throw the holiday classic DIE HARD in the DVD and enjoy, as we wish you a very




Listen to a Weird Al Christmas Carol:


December 23, 2007

Studio / Deskset

Filed under: Inspiration,Photos,Weblinks — M Kitchen @ 3:06 pm

Visitors may have noticed the banner change above here at the Ultraist Studios Blog Journal. The complete pic can be seen below. Click on it to see all the stuff on the drawing board labelled.

I’ve always been curious about the workspace of other artists.

I think it was on TheEngine forum where I first found this Deskset of Flickr images.

Then, there is a feature over at the Comic Book Resources called Studio Tours, which gives you a glimps into the studios of some of todays top artists. This link will take you to Stuart Immonen, and then you can follow the additional links at the bottom of the article for everyone else.

Finally, a few weeks ago on Newsarama I discovered this book coming out from Image called Studiospace. It seems to be more a discussion on the work process more than the studio itself, but it’s interesting none the less. Check out the following excerpts:
Excerpt 1 – Tim Sale
Excerpt 2 – Mike Mignola
Excerpt 3 – Frank Miller

Also, check out Dave Sim’s studio space in the Off White House at Aardvark-Vanaheim.

Fun stuff.

December 11, 2007


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 10:53 am

Dave Sim quote:

“I think the problem was that you waited until way too late to get serious about finishing SPUD & HARRY #1 and then engineered a situation where everything had to go off like clockwork in order for it to happen…

But wouldn’t you rather just work on improving your time management?” *

December 1, 2007

Last Month Recap

Filed under: Announcements,Audio,Conventions,Photos — M Kitchen @ 2:36 pm

Wow. December. Already.
November turned out to be a bust for blogging.

But that’s okay. ‘Cause I’ve been busy.

Here are some of last months happenings:

Trampoline Hall
October 22

My brother and I were invited to a gathering at Fort York where we acted as Comic Steinographers.

Click for reverse angle.

Our efforts were printed and the book debutted at CanZine.

Contributor list:

Reverend Altor
Roxanne Bieskis
Arthur Dela Cruz
Shannon Gerard
Kathryn and Stuart Immonen
Eric Kim
Blair Kitchen
Dave Lapp
Steve Manale
John Martz
Brian McLachlan
Diana Tamblyn
Sean Daniel Byron Craig
Becky Johnson

… and myself.

Indy Spinner Rack
November 08
The fine folks and Indy Spinner Rack gave SPY GUY a plug in their SPX recap.

With such memorable quotes as… “we have this one, we didn’t have the second one, and I haven’t had a chance to read them… but I WILL read them” and “here we go… ultra… is…. ultra…. ultrai… ultra eye studio… geeze man, I’m drunk.” and “BLAIR was super nice”.

Listen to the snippet below. Or listen to the whole thing here.


They say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?

Seriously though, thanks for the plug guys… especially Mister Phil (who actually managed to get “ultraist” right).

Hollywood Hero Con

Blair spilled the beans more than I was going to here, so if you want the full story check out possumpress.

In preparation for the Hero Con show, I also created the mockup cover for SPY GUY#1 and had some nice banners and cutouts created. With any luck, all that stuff is currently in transit back to the Ultraist Studios HQ.

Computer Fixed

The Ultraist Studios Portable Computer had to go in for some repairs and is now slowly getting back to operational status.

SPY GUY Webcomic

I’ve been sitting on this next strip for almost 2 months now. Just never seem to have the time to get it net ready. However there have been some requests to get that strip moving again, so that has been bumped up a notch on the things to do list.

Blog Journal Fodder

Over the past year, there have been a number of articles that I have typed up, and never posted. I had debated between posting them or just letting them die. But I figure they’ve been started anyway – so I might as well post the things. I’ve been especially wanting to kick start that Archeology Project again… a few of those are ready to go.


Another residual project from the Hero Con show was the Ultraist T-Shirt that I’ve been meaning to make for the past 2 years. Well, the prototype is is done. Now it’s just a matter of ordering a box of black t-shirts and busting out that silk-screen kit.


Trying to get page 5 done this weekend.
Hence the hack job of a blog journal post.
The above will get filled in over the course of the week.
So check back for pics, and audio, and proper grammar.

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