Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

August 23, 2006


Filed under: — M Kitchen @ 7:37 am

Ultraist Studios was founded at the turn of the millennium by Mike Kitchen for the sole purpose of publishing his funny book series SPY GUY.

Mike Kitchen is the creator of Spy Guy and the founder of Ultraist Studios. In addition to his work in comics, he has also animated for over a decade in the feature film industry on such movies as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Hellboy, Constantine and 9 as well as for videogames on Halo3 and Halo ODST.

Mike Kitchen was born in Albany, New York, USA, but spent the majority of his life in Ontario, Canada, where the Kitchen family has lived for over 6 generations, and where he currently resides himself. Mike has dual citizenship between the USA and Canada.

Spy Guy is a hard-boiled funny book by Mike Kitchen that takes a look at the conspiracies and crime dramas that happen in the world around us from the vantage point of an undercover Toronto city cop. Inspired by classic newspaper comic strips, 1950’s animated cartoons, 1970’s comic books, 1980’s action hero movies, modern politics and “ripped from the headlines” news, Spy Guy is done in a black and white independent / manga comic book style. Part mystery, part action-adventure, part social commentary, part satire, all fun!

Some of his artistic influences are Dave Sim, Reg Smythe, Ed Benedict, Chuck Jones and Katsuhiro Otomo. The initial series of one-shot comics consist of SPY GUY: BOOTLEG, SPY GUY: MINIS and SPUD & HARRY #1. SPY GUY #1 (of the Unlimited Series) was released in the summer of 2009.

In the mainstream media, SPY GUY appeared in the 2008 feature film SUPERHERO MOVIE directed by Craig Mazin and produced by David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss in the comic convention climatic battle sequence. Also recently SPY GUY had a spotlight feature in the nationally broadcast television series THE ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND in episode 259 containing an interview with creator Mike Kitchen, which aired on September 20th of 2009.

Mike Kitchen’s brother Blair Kitchen also creates a comic called The POSSUM.


  1. Dear Mike Kitchen,

    I am helping Dave Sim put together his new Cerebus TV website. He would very much like to add your Electric Playground interview, that references Sim, onto his website, and hopefully send some traffic your way. Can I/we have permission to add that clip? It is Flash 10 — I’m not sure how to grab/copy that file. Is it possible you can send it to me or upload as http://ftp.? Please advise.

    Many thanks,
    Dave Fisher
    (on behalf of Dave Sim)
    Waterloo, Ontario

    Comment by Dave Fisher — September 26, 2009 @ 8:34 am

  2. Dear Mike Kitchen,

    Hi! My name is Katrina Teh, and I read your comics. I found Spud & Harry (or is it Harry & Spud?) #1 to be extremely informative about the Federal Reserve and how the American (& maybe Canadian?) system works. I was curious as to how you ordered “The Creature From Jekyll Island” books from the Reality Zone website. It is simply because I would like to order some of the other things from that site, but am unsure as to how the shipping rates work.

    Thank you very much.

    Katrina Teh
    Mississauga, ON

    Comment by Katrina Teh — January 16, 2011 @ 11:31 am

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