Arkansas comic book artist and creator makes a name for himself in the comic industry
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) —
While explaining one of his comics that's in the works, Mitch Breitweiser describes the novel as a “grand, epic fantasy” story.
When looking at his career in the business, you could pretty much describe it the same way.
"It takes a lot of concentration and stuff," Breitweiser said.
In this small office in downtown Little Rock, sits a man whose name may be unfamiliar, but his artwork is known throughout the world.
Mitch Breitweiser, a comic book artist and creator, has been putting ink to paper ever since he was a young kid.
"I didn't know what a comic book was,” he recalled, “but I loved to write and draw."
It wasn't until his dad gave him his first comic, “Spider-Man 2099,” by Rick Leonardi, that he realized what direction he wanted his life to move toward.
"This is done by a human and they look fantastic and I could do this if I work really hard during my teen and growing up years," Breitweiser said.
So, that's what he did.
During his time at Harding University, Breitweiser chose to avoid partying and other extracurricular activities, to focus on honing his craft.
When he graduated in 2000, he moved to New York, and tried to break into the industry.
After about four years of small jobs that didn't really pay, he was close to giving up.
"I really dug deep and pushed it. I said, ‘I’ve got one more year,’" he recalled.
And one year later, his professional career as an artist took off, thanks to a well-known brand.
"I started drawing ‘Drax, the Destroyer’ from Marvel Comics."
If you don't know who that character is, you may recognize him from the film, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
"I designed his current look with the tattoos and knives and everything," Breitweiser said.
This then lead to another gig with Marvel, drawing one of its most infamous characters, Captain America.
"It remains one of my favorite projects to this date," he said.
He spent nine years in the Marvel universe, all the while wanting to design his own comic series, based on his roots growing up in Arkansas.
After much hard work, his dream is close to realization in the form of his character that he calls “Batman in a Barn”: “Red Rooster.”
"We are so pumped,” he said. “It's always something I wanted to do since I was a boy, is to build a fanbase, build a following, build a reputation in comic books and then strike out on my own and create the characters of my own that are near and dear to me."
They posted a description of the graphic novel, “Red Rooster: Golden Age” on the crowd funding website, Indiegogo, and in less than a week, it has generated nearly $75,000.
"It's a dream come true, it really is,” Breitweiser said. “I wanted to do this since I opened up my first comic book."
And after years of hard work, many more people will know who this man is, sitting in a small office, in downtown Little Rock.
"It is literally a dream come true," said Breitweiser.
If it wasn't cool enough that Mitch has accomplished all this, his wife, Elizabeth, is a professional colorist, who currently works on “Batman” for DC Comics.
“Red Rooster: Golden Age,” is expected to be released early Spring of 2019.
If you want to visit Breitweiser's Indiegogo page for "Red Rooster: Golden Age," click here.