Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

August 30, 2011

SPY GUY #2 via The Ultraist Depot

Filed under: Announcements,Shop,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:30 am

SPY GUY #2 is now available for purchase from The Ultraist Depot online comic store. THE POSSUM #5 is available as well, so why not grab them both while you’re at it!

To everyone who has ever bought one of our comics before: Thanks! That’s what makes it all worth while.

August 25, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 11:04 am

At 9:00 am this morning, SPY GUY number two of the Unlimited Series arrived at the loading dock of the Ultraist Studios suburban stronghold.

The good news is that it is here with time to spare to have available for purchase at the 2011 Fan Expo.

The bad news is that three quarters of them showed up with a minor printing error. The small print on the inside front cover was supposed to have four variants indicating the four different versions of the variant covers: ULTRA 5A, ULTRA 5B, ULTRA 5C & ULTRA 5D. However the entire print run came out with the ULTRA 5A Blues Bros. variant small print.

We’ll have to see what the folks at Lebonfon can do to fix this up for us.

August 24, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Comics,Conventions — M Kitchen @ 7:53 pm

Ultraist Studios (Spy Guy) and Possum Press (The Possum) are once again returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Toronto FAN EXPO! This year we’ve got new comics! That is, assuming the shipment of SPY GUY #2 arrives at 1:00 like it is supposed to… these last minute deliveries seem to be a reoccuring event, even when they are given weeks extra to compensate. At the very least, it makes for an interesting story.

You can find us at table A35 in the Independent / Small Press Artist Alley.

August 17, 2011

Steve Ditko Mega Pack

Filed under: Comics,Mail — M Kitchen @ 2:09 pm

I Got Mail:  Today the ultimate Steve Ditko Mega Pack arrived in the Ultraist Studios mailbox.

I first learned of all of these comic books from Dave Sim via The Blog And Mail a few years back. Ever since, I’ve been meaning to pick these up. Finally got around to it last week when I placed an order with Bob Heer.

Steve Ditko has designed most of my favourite comic stuff from Spider-Man to the Blue Beetle.
I can’t wait to see what creator owned stuff Ditko has been drawing over the past decades.

I’m especially interested to read THE AVENGING MIND.
Here’s the complete list of books I got.

[Updated July 17, 2011]
NOW AVAILABLE – Act 8 [2011] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Act 7 Seven [2011] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
..Wha..!? Ditko’s H. Series 2nd Edition [2011] [reprint of 1975 comic] — $4
Act 6 [2011] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Ditko #5-Five Act [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
The Cover Series [2010] [32 pages; reprints, 8.25×10.5] — $5
Act 4 [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
A Ditko Act 3 [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
A Ditko Act Two [2010] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Mr. A. [2010] [32 pages, reprint of 1973 Mr. A. book, 8.25×10.5] — $5
Ditko Presents [2009] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Ditko Once More [2009] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
Oh, No! Not Again, Ditko [2009] [32 pages; all-new, with Mr. A.] — $4
Ditko Continued… [2008] [32 pages; all-new, with Mr. A.] — $4
Ditko, etc… [2008] [32 pages; all-new] — $4
The Avenging Mind [2008] [32 pages: New and reprint essays, illustrations] — $4.95
Avenging World [2002] [240 pages: Classic comics, essays, etc. 1969-2002] — $25
Ditko Package, 2nd Edition [2001] [80 pages: Killjoy, Shag, Recage plus] — $7
Steve Ditko’s Static [2000] [160 pages: Chapters 1 to 14 plus] — $15
The Mocker, 2nd Edition [2000] [112 pages: Chapters 1 to 10 plus] — $15
Steve Ditko’s 32-Page Package TSK! TSK! #[5] [2002][2nd printing] — $4
Steve Ditko’s 160-Page Package From Charlton Press #[3] [1999] — $13
Steve Ditko’s 80-Page Package The Missing Man #[2] [1999] — $9
Steve Ditko’s 160-Page Package #[1] [1999] — $12

Check them out here:

One thing I had always assumed was that these books were letter sized photocopied fanzines, but they’re actually standard sized comics printed on newsprint! Open them up and they smell like a proper comic! That was a pleasant surprise

I’m also waiting for some Ditko Mania books to come in via Rob Imes.

I’m also waiting for a truckload of SPY GUY #2 to arrive at the Ultraist Studios loading dock any day now.

A good month for comics.

August 10, 2011

First Look at SPY GUY #2 Cover A

Filed under: Announcements,Spud & Harry,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 5:34 pm

The new cover to SPY GUY #2 has been released along with the solicitation:

First Strike Part 2 (of 3).  When a shipment of contraband is hijacked by Spud & Harry, our hero embarks on a mission to apprehend the criminals and reacquire the lost evidence needed to incriminate the accused in a police sting operation.  But it isn’t going to be easy.  Also contains a two page backup story called SPY GUY: The Death Of The Floppies.

Background painting in progress can be found here:  20 June, 2011

Character reference can be found here:   21 June, 2011

July 27, 2011


Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:56 am

On Monday I completed all of the finishing touches to SPY GUY #2. Then yesterday I gathered up the digital page files and did one last proof reading. Now today the files are transfering via filezilla to Lebonfon for printing. Patrick says it should be no problem getting the books in time for Fan Expo. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to seeing it!

June 21, 2011

SPY GUY #2 Cover Reference

Filed under: Photos,Spud & Harry,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:35 am

Somedays when drawing characters, the poses just don’t come out right. That’s when you’ve gotta grab the Flip Cam and act it out.

June 20, 2011

SPY GUY #2 Cover in Progress

Filed under: Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 3:51 pm

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on today:

Next; to get the “cell animation” layer in place.

June 8, 2011

CerebusTV: Indie Comics Magazine

Filed under: Announcements,Spy Guy,Video — M Kitchen @ 8:45 am

Press Release from Cerebus TV:

CerebusTV this Friday at 10pm ET / 7pm PT: A quick look at Xeric award winning cartoonist Gary Scott Beatty’s innovative 64-page INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE — where each contributor buys space and then shares equally in all revenues from sales through Diamond Comic Distributors. A great lead-in to “The Case of the Anunnaki Artifact”, Mike Kitchen’s contribution to INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE No. 2 with voice-over by the Kitchen Family Players voicing their own characters — Mike Kitchen as SPY GUY, Erika Kitchen as Erica Korczak, Anika Kitchen as Katie Whips, Raina Kitchen as Two Gun Tiny, Erikson Kitchen as Super Shooter and special guest Dave Sim as both Dr. Golem and the Aliens. Taped last December 20. CEREBUS TV editor Dave Fisher– who will be getting a lump of coal in his stocking this Christmas — sincerely apologies for switching the names of Anika and Raina’s characters in the credits.

To watch this episode, click on over to CerebusTV.com and chose your streaming video to view via your internet browser.

Alternately, I’ve had the most success with the streaming video by using VLC Player and opening the file http://cerebustv.com/asx/stream640.asx

The show begins this Friday at 10:00 pm and will be streaming live on a cycle until next Friday at 10:00 pm.

Don’t miss it!

While the episode is airing, you can get INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE #2 signed by all the contributing Kitchen Family Members for the cover price of $6.49 (plus shipping). I’ll take it one step further and number them as the CerebusTV Edition. They’re now available for purchase in the Ultraist Studios Store.

May 25, 2011

Why does David Branstetter like SPY GUY?

Filed under: Announcements,Mail,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:31 am

Why does David Branstetter (creator of Straw Man) like SPY GUY?
According to Facebook, this is why:

David Branstetter

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