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Brandon Mitchell is Mi’gmaq from Listuguj First Nations in Quebec and currently resides in the unceded Wolastoqiyik territory of Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is a husband to Natasha Martin and father to Brayden and Bryce Mitchell. He carries a Diploma in Animation and Design from the New Brunswick Community College of Miramichi and holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of New Brunswick. He is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the Sacred Circles comic series, which explored his Mi’kmaq heritage through a contemporary lens. Brandon also sits on the board for the Mawi-Art Collective and sits as the Art Director for the Ni'gweg Collective.
He has authored six stories for Indigenous Story Studio: Lost Innocence, Drawing Hope, River Run, Making it Right, Emily's Choice and Tomorrow’s Hope. He was approached to by the University of Alabama to script and illustrated Jean-Paul's Daring Adventure: Stories from Old Mobile. He was also a contributing author of ""Migwite'tmeg: We Remember It"" for This Place: 150 Years Retold, which recounts the events leading up to the infamous salmon raids that took place in Listuguj in the summer of 1981 by Highwater Press.
Brandon is also the creator and author of a new young readers series Giju’s Gift published by Highwater Press. In it, a Mi’kmaw girl battles an ancient giant and forms an unexpected friendship with a mythical creature, this is the first volume of an ongoing series of graphic novels inspired by traditional stories.
Getting to Know You
I’ve never hidden books from my parents, but I know there’s books they’ve hidden on me. One of my favorite books growing up was a ‘choose your own adventure’ book. This particular book was Alice in Wonderland. I would always try and pick the longer version of the story; I would pick this story so much that they would choose the shorter path or eventually hide the book on me so I would have to pick another story.
Oh there are so many lines and it’s hard to pick one, but maybe because I’m so deep into the Dune series, the line that sticks out the most is
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear…”
Very cluttered desk! My workspace is total chaos, but it’s my mess and I know where things are
Was my idea good enough, OR after locking in the story or character design and coming up with something to add.
I would like to see The adventures of the Pugulatmu’j turned into a game or animated short.
Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. THIN AIR, the annual celebration produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, strives to honour the First People’s rich tradition of sharing stories as the ground for building genuine community and restoring right relations.