So I’m lucky. I’ve been getting some publicity about my comics the past few years. I got a grant from the United Arts Council, I got third place for a SPACE Prize, I’ve collaborated with a bunch of folks I’m a fan of (I suppose the most renown of whom is Dave Sim of Cerebus fame) & I’ve run a couple successful Kickstarters. Now I got a residency at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse House in Pittsburgh to work on my comics for a solid month surrounded by some other cartoonists. I’m looking forward to it as an opportunity to really push myself to the next level, because previously when I’ve spent a solid month working on my comics it meant a month of printing, stapling, folding, & assembling rather than doing anything to further my writing or drawing skills. To be honest, I’m not 100% certain what will fall out of my brain & onto paper during my residency & I don’t want to promise people prizes that I can’t deliver, but I do know a few things I want to do while I’m there. I want to get better at being willing to be free to just create, which means me doing some sketch cards & small painting series in addition to working on comic scripts & the mini-comics themselves. I also want to create a master document ebook to be an artifact of the whole experience & the work I get done over my time there. So I hope you’re able to help out to motivate me to get some work done & give my work a home at the end of the month.
Oh, & first backers get first pick of the original art.
So we already passed the initial goal of $200 to pay for my transportation to Pittsburgh. Thank you for that, it means a lot to me, of course there are a lot of expenses that will be things depleted over the residency that any fundings will help replenish (blank sketch cards, blank canvases, pens, paint, toner). Now we move on to what people call stretch rewards. Which are things that only magically exist once funding gets to a certain level.
$500 Stretch Reward - 5 pin set going to anyone backing for a shirt, painting or comic box set. These buttons will only come into existence if the project reaches $500
$1500 Stretch Reward - 40 different printed art cards from images created over the course of the residency for anyone backing at a level of $20 or more. I'll only print up these cards if we reach $1500.
$2500 Stretch Reward - Instead of 40, I'll up it to 100 different printed art cards from images created over the course of the residency for anyone backing at a level of $20 or more. I'll only up it to 100 if we reach $2500.
Thanks for your time & consideration. Here's some information on the past work:
If you are in the market for something a lot different, something imminently portable, & something that you can read in class or a meeting without getting caught then these mini-comics are worth a look.
~ Tonya Crawford, Broken Frontier
The more I read Mitchell's mini-comics, the more impressed I am. He has excellent command of the format - he understands what he can & can't do & he plays to its strengths. The stories are lean & mean, no filler, & even though the issues don't take long to read, I find myself going back to particular issues for multiple reads.
~ Brian LeTendre, Secret Identity Podcast
It's hard to go wrong with any of Mitchell's minis. They're action packed & filled with unexpected twists. Just chose your favorite genre & dive in.
~ Midnight Fiction
My thoughts about Silber Media Comics, if the Mayan Prophecy of 2012 is correct & the world is coming to an end, I wouldn't mind having some of these comics in my backpack for my last reading enjoyment.
~ Paul Dale Roberts, Jazma Online
For comics that are only as big as Goliath's thumb, I'm giving these two thumbs up!
~ Katie Riley, Comic Related
Small things are great, mini things are even better.
~ Maximum Rock & Roll
Brian John Mitchell specializes in mini-comics so small that they're probably best described as micro-comics. I've seen many small press creators supplement their traditional DIY output with a few super-tiny publishing experiments over the last few years, but Mitchell really takes this practice to the next level by exclusively focusing on these matchbox-sized books. Working as writer only, he enlists the help of a wide variety of artistic collaborators to illustrate his work, from unknowns to even Dave Sim of Cerebus fame. Featuring avenging cowboys, giant worms, gory gang land killings, post-apocalyptic wastelands, & demon fighting; it seems like all weird & wonderful things come in small packages.
~ Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future
I can't help but want to watch more as Mitchell examines his own uncomfortable thoughts & feelings with brutal honesty.
~ Nick Marino, Nasty Musings
When comic writer Brian John Mitchell describes his series of comics as minis the size of a pack of a matchbook, he's not kidding. Individually wrapped in little plastic baggies & bound by two teeny staples in their spines, they're two inches in height & width. & you don't need a magnifying glass to read them, which makes them instantly awesome.
~ Amy Greenwood, Broken Pencil
These miniscule mini-comics are adorably sized. The cute factor ends there, however. Inside it's sci-fi dread & hardcore issues of hate, guilt, & anger. I love that each mini is barely larger than a postage stamp. & it's also nice that they come in snug, clear plastic sleeves. Brian gets an A for packaging.
~ Shawn Hoke, Size Matters
Risks and challenges
Living in a different city generally takes a period of adjustment. I'm hoping this change of environment will help me to shake out some new ideas for comics. There's always the fear that creativity might not strike, but I'm convinced that I can win the staring contest against a blank piece of paper just as I have in the past.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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