Mini-comics the size of a pack of matches with stories larger than life.
First off, I’d like to thank you for stopping by & let you know that even if you can’t financially back this project, backing it by posting about it on Facebook or Twitter is also greatly appreciated. Also we already reached more than the amount it will take me just to print the books & are delving into the amount it will take to pay the artists what I want to. To do that my goal is to gain 200 new subscribers. Which sounds insane, but with your help, maybe we can make it happen.
BLEEDING COOL STRETCH GOALS:
(1) If we make it to $2000, all backers of $5 or more will have their digital subscription upped from 20 issues to 25 issues!
(2) If we make it to 200 backers, all backers of all levels (even $1) will have digital subscriptions to the next 30 issues!
Worth noting is that when I complete the next twenty books that this project is about funding, I will have made 100 mini-comics. I'm really excited about that there's been enough interest to encourage me to go this long, anyway, on with the story....
So I make these mini-comics the size of a pack of matches. So far there are eighty of them. From slice of life auto-bio (Lost Kisses, REH, UVDS) to Kafka-eque Lovecraftian conspiracies (Worms, Messenger, Pow Wow) to westerns (Just A Man) to horror (Monthly, Star, Marked, Mobil Zombie, Bottle Comics) to crime (Cops & Crooks, XO, Vigilant) to action spoof (XLK) to sci-fi action (Mecha, Built) to experimental comics (Poit, Small Art Series), I’m really proud to have touched on all these genres that I like & to have had the chance to collaborate with a ton of folks on them like Dave Sim (Cerebus), Nick Marino (Super Haters), Melissa Spence Gardner (Plink Comics), Kimberlee Traub (Dark Ink), Jason Young (Veggie Dog Saturn), Joe Badon (Odds and Ends), Jeremy Johnson, Kurt Dinse (One Year in Indiana), PB Kain (Mumblypeg), Andrew White (Sex Buzz), Eric Shonborn (Gutter Trash), Jason Strutz (The Order of Dagonet), Nate McDonough (Grixly), Ed Delaney (Peculiar Comics), Andrew Weathers, & more.
But of course like everyone I have a problem. The problem is these cute little books that are awesome as unique physical objects containing unique & innovative stories are hard to get in people’s hands. Which is why I am looking for your help. Maybe you’ve seen one or two of them somewhere over the years or maybe you’ve read a review before or maybe you are just hearing about them for the first time now, but here’s your chance to help me get them into your hands. I'm planning to make at least ten more books before the end of 2013 (in fact, I have two waiting to be printed & assembled right now & a few more waiting for art to come back) with another ten done by April 2014 at the latest. One of the hold-ups on getting books made is having significant financial incentive for the artists, which back end deals don't really have so the projects often get put in a holding pattern for better paying gigs (which is fine & totally understandable). But with the subscriptions I'll be able to give the artists money upfront since the books have already been pre-sold, which should give me the ability to go from my current rate of about 18 comics a year up to my goal of 24 comics a year.
Thanks for your interest & support.
Here are some reviews of the books....
If you are in the market for something a lot different, something imminently portable, and 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 of Mitchell’s minicomics, the more impressed I am. He has excellent command of the format - he understands what he can and can’t do, and he plays to its strengths. The stories are lean and mean, no filler, and 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 and filled with unexpected twists. Just choose your favorite genre and dive in. $1 each from Silber Media Comics.
~ Midnight Fiction
My thoughts about Silber Media Comics, if the Mayan Prophesy of 2012 is correct and the world is coming to an end, I wouldn’t mind having some of these comics in my back pack, for my last reading enjoyment!
~ Paul Dale Roberts, Jazma Online!
For comics that are only as big as a Goliath’s thumb, I’m giving these two thumbs up!
~ Katie Riley, Comic Related
All in all, I’d say Silber Media, Brian John Mitchell & friends are putting out fair to high quality comics that are easily worth their humble cover price, especially considering the challenge of conveying emotion and hooking the reader with such a limited medium. I’d say these treats from our neighbours to the south are worth every penny!
~ Where Monsters Dwell
Small things are great, mini things are even better.
~ Maximum Rock & Roll
Brian John Mitchell specialises 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 and demon fighting, it seems like all weird and wonderful things come in small packages.
Ironically, considering their diminutive size, the content of these comics is almost always epic in scope. As you might be able to guess from the list of features above, there’s an extensive focus on loud-and-proud genre work, with pop-culture staples like Sci Fi, Fantasy and even Western, prominently used in his work. The advantage of this is that the stories have an efficient, boiled-down quality to them; providing the reader has some understanding the genres they are channeling. Some work, some don’t, but all have a certain charm to them; tiny creative perspectives that gradually form a larger picture of Mitchell’s overall style.
~ Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future
The drier the humor and blander the situation, the more interesting Mitchell’s comics tend to be... one can get a quick sense of what Mitchell does best, along with an understanding of Mitchell’s unusual voice as a writer.
~ Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
I can’t help but want to watch more as Mitchell examines his own uncomfortable thoughts and 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 matchbook, he’s not kidding. Individually wrapped in little plastic baggies and bound by two teeny staples in their spines, they’re two inches in height and width. And you don’t need a magnifying glass to read them, which makes them instantly awesome.
~ Amy Greenwood, Broken Pencil
These minuscule mini-comics are adorably sized. The cute factor ends there, however. Inside it’s sci-fi dread and hard-core issues of hate, guilt, and anger. I love that each mini is barely larger than a postage stamp. And it’s also nice that they come in snug, clear plastic sleeves. Brian gets an A for packaging.
~ Shawn Hoke, Size Matters
Also I suppose it is worth mentioning that last year I got a month long residency at Cyberpunk Apocalypse House working on my comics & I got a third place for a SPACE prize a couple years & a while back I got a grant for my comics from the United Arts Council in North Carolina.
Here's a little slideshow version of a comic I did with Kurt Dinse:
Here's a little video about my process of making an issue of Lost Kisses:
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I've been making these comics for years & I've pretty much smoothed out all the kinks. It probably is worth noting that the subscriptions won't be finished in September (it takes a while to make the comics), but that's when you will get your first package.
I have what I refer to as a "standard indie deal" (I've worked in music forever) which is a 50-50 split of profits. Which kind of sucks when there aren't many sales. No one wants to wait two years to get two dollars. So the idea is if I can drum up subscriptions I'll be able to pay the artists at least a token amount on the day the artwork comes in as well as the residual payments I've currently been sending out. I'd love to be able to give the artists at least $70 a book on delivery, but that would require about 200 subscribers so spread the word to your friends & we can see what happens.
Right now I have issues of Pow Wow, Star, XO, REH, Marked, & a couple first issues out with artists.
I have the art back for two issues of Ultimate Lost Kisses, but I haven't got them printed out & assembled yet.
I'm working on drawing an issue of Lost Kisses, an issue of Come Home Safe, an issue of Extreme Lost Kisses, & then writing new issues of Just A Man, Worms, UVDS, Built, Ultimate Lost Kisses, Messenger, Astronaut Jane, & then a few new things.
Because you think alternative comics are cool. Because you think tiny books are cool. Because you think I'm cool. Because I think you're cool. Because together, we're both cool.
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