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So I make these mini-comics the size of a pack of matches. So far there are sixty of them. From slice of life auto-bio (Lost Kisses, REH) to Kafka-eque Lovecraftian conspiracies (Worms) to westerns (Just A Man) to horror (Monthly, Star, Marked, Mobil Zombie) 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), & 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 nearly impossible to market. There's no rack to fit them at the local comic shop nor even at most zine friendly shops. Which is why I want to get the books directly to you. Maybe you've seen one or two of them somewhere 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 & to help me raise the money to make more of these books in the unique format that you'll learn to love. But you don't just have to take my word for it. Here's some reviews....
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 issue 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
Not to mention that I got a third place for a SPACE prize last year & a couple years ago I got a grant for my comics from the United Arts Council.
Here's a little slide-show version of the first issue of the comic book Star I did with Kurt Dinse:
Thought some of you might be interested in the process, so here you are:
Here's a couple pictures of the small box that holds three books:
Here's a couple picture of the larger box crammed with 60 books:
- (30 days)