Monthly Archives: September 2009


The Possum in Metro

Terry Lenko informed me of this, this morning.  (Thanks Terry)

Possum Press and Ultraist Studios were in attendance at this year’s Word on the Street Festival in Toronto last Sunday, and the Spy Guy and Possum comics were a big hit.  (proof is below).

The caption below the picture reads: “Dante Petitti reads amid festival-goers at The Word on The Street literary festival, held in and around Queen’s Park. He was reading a comic called The Possum, by Blair Kitchen. This is the festival’s 20th year.”

The article is short, and is about digital books, but Terry Green’s comments in the last paragraph echo my thoughts on where digital fits in next to paper in the whole digital publishing debate.  Click here for the article on the Metro website.

There is nothing like the smell of a newsprint comic book, and the feel of it as you turn the pages, as all of your senses are engaged in the reading experience.  With paper, you can get close and study every detail on the page as you sit comfortabley in bed, on the couch, or in the grass at a book fair.  It feels more intimate and is a warmer experience to me.  I can’t explain it exactly, and maybe it’s just because it invokes memories from my childhood, but nothing can replace paper comics.  Digital comics are great for getting your stories and artwork circulated to as many people as possible, and peeking the interest of your readers, but it just doesn’t replace paper.  

I’ll be posting some photos from The Word on the Street Festival soon. 


UPDATE:  Chuck Palahniuk is asked about digital vs. paper here.  I like his answer.


By |2018-05-25T03:50:46-04:00September 28th, 2009|news, photos, press, rants|4 Comments


Yesterday I visited a few comic shops with copies of Issue #4 of The Possum, and issue #1 of Spy Guy (from Mike Kitchen and Ultraist Studios).  The latest Spy Guy and Possum comics can now be found and purchased at The Silver Snail, Dragon Lady comics, and The Beguiling

If you own, or know of a comic shop that would like to carry The Possum or Spy Guy, give me an email or pass along my email address to them (It’s and I can make sure they get some copies. 


By |2009-09-11T08:30:51-04:00September 11th, 2009|news|0 Comments

Fan Expo 2009 – photos and sketches

Another Fan Expo has come and gone, marking the third complete year that Mike and myself have been attending conventions with our comics (our 4th Fan Expo).  Our table is looking a lot fuller, than 2006, when we had 3 issues printed between the two of us, and we are starting to see some momentum building over the last 3 years.  Here’s a few photos of us hard at work. 

Me sketching

Me not sketching

Mike hard at work


And now some of the sketches:

What happens in the first minute, when The Possum fills in for a vacationing Spider-man?


And now an endorsement from the Joker and Scarecrow:

See you at Word on the Street!


By |2018-05-25T03:50:47-04:00September 3rd, 2009|convention pics, free sketches, photos|2 Comments