ellegance30 asked:

Have you thought of/would you work with someone to write Mias and Elle while you work? That way a general story plot could develop while your life continues! But it would be there!

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 :)

h-hogsmeade asked:

Hi :) can you tell us how you got the idea for Mias and Elle? How did it all start? I remember Mathieu and Elle from the Tea Merchant Coffee House from some of your early works on deviantart. Was that the same Elle?

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. :) 

therowdiestgrouse asked:

why did Mias cut his hair it was beautifo'! (is he off to grow a megabeard next?) + can we see mias+elle in more comic strip style stories?

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.

bitawkward asked:

How long has Mias and Elle been in the works now? And do you think you'll ever have time to write and draw the actual comic? (Not that I'm rushing you I love the Mias and Elle that we get!)

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~