Colony of Losers- Fuck Stigma and Mental Illness, I'm like 25

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

Herman Dagwood#3: Employee of the Month

There is literally shit on his face. It takes a millisecond for this to register, and during that millisecond, Garth Brooks sings to him about his friends in low places. Herman wonders what has just happened and why everyone is laughing. The millisecond passes, the smell hits his nose, and he pukes his guts out [...]


Herman Dagwood Saga#2: Acid Helps You Time Travel

Time travel with me, back to 1996.  Herman is 17 years old, and the glory days of his Colony of Losers is about to pass. We are not the only ones time traveling.  Musician and madman Eel has become unstuck in time.  In an apartment lit by a lava lamp, he walks in circles – [...]


Herman Dagwood Saga#1: Irritating Quest To Save A Friend’s Life

It was a ten-minute walk to reach our friend’s apartment to find out whether or not he was still alive.  It was a long ten minutes. Sunshine reflected off of Hermit’s aviator shades on the first beautiful day of a new summer.  At five in the morning he’d been sent a text message that read [...]


Polyamorous Poet: Shit-talking is a human right!

On the night of the last show, when I agreed to play with the poly-amorous anarchist, two alcoholics plotted his demise on different sides of town.  The plans weren’t clever or diabolical, but as simplistic as the rage of men who drank 26ers and believed in the justice of their cause. A few weeks earlier [...]


Call Center Hell: The Final 5

In the winter of 2007 my time was split between the call center and playing open mics with a polyamorous anarchist with a penchant for self-promotion.  During the day I would sell phone sets.  During the evenings I would hock blind eyed idealism. At work I spent my time with “Jason”.  Jason was the son [...]

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    Michael Kimber is a 26-year-old journalist who suffered a nervous breakdown on November 3rd, 2009. On March 28th, 2010 when he recovered from mental illness, he began writing a blog called Colony-of-losers. About falling on your face to figure out who you are and the hilarious antics of a blond jew. What began with a few friends and his mother reading has become a cult phenomenon, averaging 10,000 views a week, receiving praise from Commonwealth Award Winner Shandi Mitchell and many others. On, November 3rd, 2010, the one year anniversary of his mental breakdown he signed with Anne McDermid and Associates, the largest literary agency in Canada. In a year he went from wearing pajamas, making his couch depression HQ to leaving his hometown for the Toronto, where he exclusively wears business suits and the armor of ancient Greeks. Don't worry, he's still choking on the feet he contently sticks in his mouth and making moments awkward just by being part of them. During these struggles he met other talented bastards and drew them into his circle. Peter Diamond became his illustrator. Patrick Campbell his video editor and part time photographer. He recently added the incredibly talented John Packman as Colony of Losers Toronto photographer. Without the support of the Colony of Losers, Michael Kimber would be nothing. Welcome to the losers and the success that comes from utter and complete failure. You aren’t alone. Follow him on If you’d like to hire him for a public speaking engagement for mental health events in Toronto, like to arrange an interview, offer millions to publish his book or for another reason contact Michael please email him. And join his facebook Colony of Losers.

    Really obvious disclaimer:
    I’m not a trained psychologist. Just a fellow traveler. If you need help seek it from the professionals. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides a help locator. You can find crisis resources provided by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. If you are in the states check here. It will give you services by zip code. I’d also recommend checking out I think they do great work and have been a help to me personally.

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