Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

December 30, 2010

Bryan Hitch and Erik Larsen on Twitter

Filed under: Inspiration,Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 10:26 am

There was a fascinating discussion between Bryan Hitch and Erik Larsen via twitter yesterday.  Click below for a screen capture of the conversation.

Bryan Hitch and Erik Larsen on twitter

And here’s a screen capture from Erik’s page to fully flesh out the conversation.

December 29, 2010


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 1:44 pm

Erik Larsen quotes:

“The difference between fast and slow artists is that fast ones are willing to live with work they’re not 100% happy with.” *

“People ask how I get so much stuff done–and it’s because I don’t play video games, watch TV or waste time on a lot of other stuff.” *

“Neal Adams said, ‘your style is everything you do wrong.'” *

Back & Forth With Dave Sim at MYRANT

Filed under: Ramblings,Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 1:41 pm

I mentioned earlier of a fax message from Dave Sim to fellow comic legend Steve Bissette via the Comicon.com Message Board. Well it appears the conversation there was derailed by internet trolls, however the discussion now has a new moderated home at Steve Bissette’s MYRANT. This first post contains Dave’s first fax sent just before The Kitchen Family dinner. Click on over to MYRANT for the full discussion. This is going to be a good one!


Excerpt from Steve Bissette:

“I see my Center for Cartoon Studies students every year graduate (some with one-year certificates, some with two year, some with MFAs) into a marketplace that, in the manner we used to define that marketplace, has labored mightily since the mid-1990s to shut them out. That is: Diamond Comics has no room for their work; the so-called “mainstream” American comic book industry has shut them out (I no longer consider it truly mainstream, since the former Direct Market has steadily eroded since the 1990s implosion, and the bookstore chains that now dominate rack far more manga, children’s graphic novels, and a potpourri of “graphic novels” that is comprised of far more diversity of product than we imagined possible in the 1980s); and their sole regular venue for selling their creations has become the regional and national “independent comics” conventions.”

December 27, 2010

SPY GUY Hated By The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) ?

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Mail — M Kitchen @ 12:13 pm

The following form letter comes from Chris Butcher:


TCAF 2011 Exhibitor Application

From:  Christopher Butcher <contact@torontocomics.com>
To: “Mike@Ultraist. Net” <mike@ultraist.net>

Dear Mike,

Thanks for your interest in exhibiting at the next Toronto Comic Arts
Festival, to be held this May 7th and 8th, 2011.

As you know, TCAF is a juried show that strives to present a curated,
though broad, picture of the comics medium. We received 30% more
applications this year over 2010. But as our space has not
significantly increased over 2010, not everyone who applied will be
able to exhibit.

As of today we have completely filled our 2011 capacity, and we were
not able to immediately accommodate your request for space.

However, we have decided to create a small waiting list for exhibition
space. We’ve only included exhibitors such as yourself whose work
would be a good fit for TCAF, and who have the potential to actually
get a table.

What’s next:

1. If you don’t want to be a part of the waiting list or can otherwise
not exhibit at TCAF 2011 any longer, please let us know and we’ll take
your name off the list.

2. In early March we’ll have a final count of exhibitors, as well as a
final table layout. That’s when we’ll know how many (if any) extra
table spaces are available, and we will begin contacting people on the
waiting list.

3. It is going to be far easier to accommodate people on the waiting
list requesting 3 foot spaces, rather than 6 foot spaces. If you’ve
requested 6 feet of space, feel free to adjust your request downwards
by e-mailing us at registration@torontocomics.com.

4. Make sure you’re signed up for the TCAF mailing list at
http://torontocomics.com/, because TCAF is much more than a two-day
exhibition, and even without exhibition space there may be ways for
you to take part in the event and promote your work!

5. Don’t get discouraged! The competition was really tough this year
for exhibitor spaces. Keep making comics, keep making plans, and we’ll
do our best to find a space for you at the Festival.

Regardless of exhibition space, we sincerely hope you’ll still
consider attending the Festival this May. We’ve got a ton of exciting
stuff coming up for this year, including the announcement of our
Guests of Honour, partnerships with some great organizations, and more
programming than we’ve ever done before. We’re planning on making TCAF
2011 our best yet.

All the best,

– Christopher Butcher, Festival Director, TCAF

P.S.: As always, feel free to contact us at contact@torontocomics.com
with any questions, comments, or concerns.


The thing that I find unfortunate about this is TCAF is a show I wish I could support. I’m a Toronto artist, creating an independent Toronto comic book, that even TAKES PLACE in Toronto, AND I think the Beguiling is a GREAT comic book store (that has always shelved our comics). When we attended TCAF in 2007 we had a great time (even though we didn’t make enough money to cover the table cost). The whole thing is just very unfortunate. Have to say though, I’m tired of the rejection. This will be the last year I go out of my way to submit an application in an attempt to get a table with TCAF.

December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Ultraist Studios

Filed under: Video — M Kitchen @ 9:58 am

December 22, 2010

A Dinner With Dave Sim At Ultraist Studios

Filed under: Announcements,Inspiration — M Kitchen @ 11:41 pm

I’ll spare the details and let the following speak for itself:

Dave Sim at the drawing board in the Ultraist Studios Art Bunker reading SPY GUY #2 and then offering his invaluable critique.

Dave Sim at Ultraist Studios

Dave Sim at Ultraist Studios

As for the rest of the visit: The following account comes from a fax message from Dave Sim to fellow comic legend Steve Bissette via the Comicon.com Message Board

Dave Sim fax

Dave Sim fax

All that said; I’m looking forward to doing the fix suggestions on SPY GUY #2 and then laser focusing my efforts on the upclose character inks on SPY GUY #3 and knocking those out of the park.

December 19, 2010


Filed under: Mantra — M Kitchen @ 11:28 pm

Eminem lyrics:

“Cause I’m moving on, don’t worry about me
cause I’m gon be just fine without you, you’ll see.
There aint no-one on this Earth right now I’d much rather be
cause God-dammit I’m glad that I’m me.

I said if you could be where I’m at (bye bye)
you’d wanna be you too.
If you felt the way I feel
I bet you’d be in as good a mood as I am
but you don’t ’cause you just feel like you.”

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