I'd like to thank you for having enough interest in my work to look at this Kickstarter & especially you early backers. It means a lot to me & even if you don't have the money to support it, telling a couple people who you think might be interested about the project is super helpful. You may notice the super low goal I set, which is basically all it takes to print the books given that time is of no value; but my goal is to get a couple hundred subscribers because then I can give my collaborators a little closer to the amounts they deserve for their work. So I really need some help this time out to get to my personal magic number goal of 200 subscribers.
For over ten years I've been making comics the size of a pack of matches & now I've made about 100 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, Walrus, Seabase 17) 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 (We Will Remain), Eric Shonborn (Gutter Trash), Jason Strutz (The Order of Dagonet), Nate McDonough (Grixly), Ed Delaney (Peculiar Comics), Andrew Weathers, Jared Catherine (Incrediman), Shawn Atkins (Gello Apocalypse), & more.
My cute little books with dark stories on the inside that are awesome as unique physical objects 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 (or if you'd like someone else's). The past couple of years I've been running near 20 books a year & with the help of subscriptions I can continue putting out content regularly & pay my collaborators.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 video version of a comic I did with Kurt Dinse:
Here's a video of the process of me making a comic:
Okay, I know some people want to know where all the money goes, so I'll explain it to you, it's pretty simple. About a third goes to shipping & processing fees, about a third goes into printing & manufacturing the books, about a third goes to pay the artists. That's pretty much it. If a magical fourth third appeared, I would probably use that to finance going to a few more conventions.
Stretch Goals (number of backers or money, whichever is first):
100 Backers or $1000 - Bonus PDF of behind the scenes process & sketches & other goodies to all backers.
150 Backers or $1500 - Bonus PDF of my first collection of short stories (Suborrhea) from 1995 that's long out of print (179 pages) to all backers.
200 Backers or $2000 - Bonus PDF of my second collection of short stories from 1998 (4 Hours Old) that never went to print & includes the short story version of what would become Worms #1 (~180 pages) to all backers.
250 Backers or $2500 - Bonus PDF of dream diary entries from 2009-2014 that includes impetus stories for many of the mini-comics (~600 pages) to all backers.
500 Backers or $5000 - I will write a short flash fiction style piece for an image submitted be any backer of $10 or more & create a PDF of all the stories & images free to all backers.
Add-On's (add extra to your pledge for bonus digital items):
$10 - The last 50 mini-comics digital edition add-on
For those who have previously backed to get digital versions of the first 50 or so of our comics, just add $10 to get caught up on those you've missed.
$2 - Cyberpunk Apocalypse: Artistic Evidence ebook add-on
A 284 page ebook collecting the artwork from my month long residency at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse House in 2012.
$5 - Suborrhea ebook add-on
My first book of fiction from 1995 or so. If we hit the $1500 mark where Suborrhea goes free to everyone this is upgraded to 4 Hours Old. If we hit $2000 it is upgraded to the dream diary. If we hit $2500 I will figure something else out.
$5 - Small Life Form digital downloads add-on
3 albums & an EP of drone from Small Life Form plus the BJM solo piece Four & a Half (270 minute long drone).
$10 - Remora digital downloads add-on
9 Remora releases (6 albums, 3 EPs) as digital downloads. Post apocalyptic pop music & sometimes songs about Killraven & Warren Worthington III & Lovecraftian monsters.
$25 - Flash Fiction add-on
I will write a flash fiction piece based on an image you send me. You will get a handwritten version of it mailed to you. Unless we make it to the $5000 goal it will be a one & only edition of the piece.
Risks and challenges
Sometimes life slows things down & I've had struggles with writer's block on & off, but after ten years I don't see these books stopping coming as long as people keep telling me they want to read them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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