For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mini Comics (in the broadest sense of the word), let me fill you in on awesomeness. The whole idea for a mini comic, to me, is being able to hammer out an entire comic book, in a relatively short period of time. The size of the comic lends itself to this. The real beauty is, that mini comics can be done between heavy work loads on other projects. It gives you the feeling of an entire comic project in a bite-sized meal. I’ve read many mini comics, ranging from a simple Joke or Gag, all the way to something that made me think about some deep connections inside all of us. The worst thing someone can do is disregard a mini comic as something as ‘throw away’ and ‘not worth my time’. I think a better way to look at them, is as Short Stories.
The more I thought back on the original Jesop King mini comic I did back in 2011 (you can view the entire thing online for free, HERE), the more I remember the FUN! I realize this won’t be for everyone, but printing, folding, stapling, mailing the book out, posting updates online, opening a store for people to buy artists editions if they wanted, was all so awesome. It felt as serious as a ‘real full sized comic’, and gave me the same reward. I don’t want this post to try and sell you all on buying mini comics, I just hope it makes you consider making them!
I stumbled on Corey Lewis‘s mini comic/zine ‘Arem’, which is inspired by a video game franchise called ‘Metroid’. One of my favorite gaming series of all time. But it started sparking new ideas in my head (like everything tends to do). Creating a mini comic based on a video game that I enjoyed growing up. So after some thought, I picked Castlevania. I get to draw a Fabio looking Barbarian with a whip, fighting monsters? I’m in!
I’ve included some art throughout this post so you guys can see some process designs. Castle Dracula is a story about a Castle Hunter, who wants to obtain a kick ass castle in Transylvania. It just so happens to be the home of Count Dracula.
You can follow the progress of the mini comic on the left menu of this website. I’ll be posting new content regarding this mini comic on my site, so stay tuned! I’m almost ready to start the first draft of the script, and it’s looking to be 32 pages of Castle Hunting goodness! Looking to have the project ready for print by October, just in time for Halloween, mwah ha hahaaa!