Thank you so very much. And thank you for being so patient. I really want to give you so much more.
There’s an awful lot of physics and sparkly magic needed to answer this question… But Mias has been here, Briefly. He took a souvenir.
That’s a really good question that I have been asking myself for a long time. I have been uniquely overwhelmed, over the last few years, with so many creative writers coming forth with brilliant fan fictions and it’s been mind blowing. Sometimes I would sit and read and think, “holy crap! I can’t do this. I can’t compete with this standard. I’m an artist, not a writer! THEY should write this!!”. Then I’d hit the Gin and contemplate what I was doing with my life. I kid, but often I’ve thought about teaming up with someone who could punch up a script and I’d draw up the pages.
My weakness has been my lack of organisation for my own projects, but then I want them to be my own projects and I want to prove to myself I can do this on my own. And I think I’m scared of it not being fun any more if I have to shared responsibility with another person. It’s my baby and I’ve been nurturing it a long time and I at least want to first book drawn before I contemplate sharing. It’s doable, I just have to grow some balls and get on with it… after I grow some balls and get on with Oula.
Thanks for the great question :)
Hi! Thanks for the question, I certainly can. It was 2006 and I had a wicked awesome dream about a girl kidnapped by a magician and living and working in his castle. I thought it’d be cool to think about what living with the enemy would be like and what the dynamic of that kind of relationship would lead too. At this point I had a whole line up of characters from a web comic I wanted to start called “Tea Merchant Coffee House”, which I never got off the ground, mainly because the idea of Mias and Elle swamped it. One of the characters was Elle and I quickly recycled her for this role. It is the very same Elle. Elle is an animated character from my second year film called “The Cafe”. There is even a scene where (her love interest) Mathieu was dressed up in a scene as a vampire, which closely resembles an early Mias ;).
One of my very early ideas was to keep Mathieu as a character in Mias and Elle, and write it so that Mias had stolen Elle away from him. It didn’t work out as I didn’t want to over complicate the story with too many love interests. So I made Elle ditch the good guy and go off with the bad one. Far more interesting if you ask me.
Aimee Mann’s song “Deathly” was a large inspiration to the feel of Mias and Elle back then too, and over the years there have been so many tid bits of inspiration to help shape the story. Its been a fun growth. :)
Do not panic! That was Pius not Mias. Pius needed the hair cut to show off his eye markings, which unlike his brothers, extend around his head. The crop was a must. We will leave the beard growing to Durias ;)
And I aim to draw a lot more Mias and Elle strips in the future. Work is quite busy for me right now but I’ll try.
Mias and Elle has been in the works for eight or nine years now. Ouch! But I’m so glad it didn’t start when I wanted it to. It really needed the time to mature into something greater than it once was (which it has), and despite still not feeling it’s right to start yet, the progress is wonderful. I’m so excited about it.
My current work is pretty full on and any free time I have at the moment is dedicated to starting a different comic before Mias and Elle. I still need practise with my narrative and feel a simpler story before staring M+E will give me the confidence to jump straight in. The next comic I am working on is ‘Oula’. Selkies~
Elle is 5’2”, and Mias is 5’9”