Sam Brier sounds like a man with a mission. Through the comic strip medium he wants to show us all the small facets which together form the pattern of American family life— the things he calls “the frailties of modern living.” And he wants to do this without being malicious or snide; there’s quite enough viciousness in the comics now without his help, he feels.
As a medium for this project Mr. Brier has worked out a comic strip called “Small World,” which the Herald Tribune Syndicate will offer for nation-wide release in three or four-column size beginning Oct. 13. The strip will feature the day-to-day activities of a couple of youngsters playing house, and will reflect the routine problems of adult life. Mr. Brier, a modest man, thinks “Small World” is “a beautiful medium” for getting across his ideas.
Though technically a “gag-a-day” strip, the emphasis in the new feature will be on humor rather than gags. The traditional last-panel kick will be played down in favor of a general atmosphere of friendliness and innocence.
Mr. Brier, 29, has been cartooning for 13 years, selling panels to some of the nation’s leading slick magazines. In addition, he has been designing childrens’ toys for the past two years. Before that, he spent his spare time singing professionally with bands and in night clubs. A native of Montreal, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two young sons, whom he depends upon for most of the ideas he will incorporate into “Small World.”