Wednesday, August 30, 2006

We're Moving!

After spending a bit of time here at blogger, we've decided to fall back and retrench the Ultraist Studio Journal / Blog to an all new location. The new format will be hosted locally at and will allow for more options to organize posts and random thougths, to keep this thing more as as stream of consciousness, as it was originally intended.

After the Comic Book Expo this weekend, the plan is to get the new Journal fully operational. It will be a dumping ground for sketches, previews, news, reference, and other miscellaneous ramblings. Also, keep your eyes open for an all new Spy Guy daily strip, as well as some other goodies... coming soon.

Monday, August 21, 2006

SPUD page 6

Here is another page from the next comic. Enjoy.

Dave Sim's Note From The President, Cerebus 183, June 1994

The following excerpt is from Dave Sim's Note From The President, Cerebus 183, June 1994.

No one (or very few people) were in on Bone at the beginning. Andromeda was, the Silver Snail, a handful of others. Now, of course, virtually every distribution outlet and retail store is doing very well with Jeff's book. For the aggressive ones, this tells them that there's a great deal to recommend looking for, supporting, and making the 'next Bone' happen. For the passive ones, they can afford to sit and wait until it is happening and then jump on the bandwagon (usually wearing an 'I was Here First' t-shirt). The same Andromeda that supported Bone from the beginning didn't carry Cerebus until around issue nine. Harry Kremer who was the only Canadian retailer to buy the first issue (bless 'im) was told by Ron 'let me know when he goes to colour.' To say I was determined to force Andromeda to carry Cerebus would be an understatement. My molars ached. I stayed in the game, I put the books out on schedule and made it impossible for Andromeda to not carry Cerebus. If one or both large distributors won't carry your book or if you get pitifully small orders from them, the ball is in your court. You have to put together a network of stores, subscriptions and individual sales and put your nose to the grindstone for months or even years until you can prove them wrong. If you can't sell enough copies with a colour cover on newsprint, then you go to mini-comic format and build interest and attention there by putting the book out regularly and getting better. Remember there are a lot of ballplayers who are drafted pretty high and still spend years in the minors before they're 'called up'. The ones who don't want it badly enough quit. The ones who want it badly enough play their hearts out game after game for months or even years on end.

How badly do you want it?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Comic Pack - On Sale

Get the entire Kitchen Bros. collection in one pop!
Now available for $10.00 CAN.

Contained in this collection is SPY GUY: Bootleg, SPY GUY: Minis, Apocalypse: The Four Hoursemen / Knight Hawk (flipbook) and The POSSUM. All proceeds from The POSSUM go directly to Blair Kitchen and Possum Press. For more information or individual issues, check out the Ultraist Studios store.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Comic Book Expo 2006

The 12th Annual Fan Expo is happening September 1-3/06 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center South Building, located at 222 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto Ontario.

Special Celebrity Guests include:

William Shatner - Captain Kirk of Star Trek
Leonard Nimoy - Mr. Spock of Star Trek
Jim Lee - All Star Batman & Robin
Mike Mignola - creator of Hellboy

Some other Not-so-special Non-celebrity Guests include:

Mike Kitchen - animator on Hellboy, creator of Spy Guy
Blair Kitchen - animator on Curious George, creator of The Possum

Look for us in the Artist Alley!

Friday, August 11, 2006

The POSSUM Is Here!

Suddenly comics just got a whole lot more interesting.
Click for details.

SPUD page 5

Yet another page from Spud & Harry #1.
It's not quite finalled.
Some tweaking of the grey tone dots still needs to be done.
But you get the gist of it.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

SPUD page 4

Here is another page.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

SPUD page 3

I am currently on week 2 of a 4.5 week vacation.
In that time I've been hard at work on the next comic from the Spy Guy universe.

The comic is called Spud & Harry.

This is page 3.