I hope you are all warm, cozy, done all your shopping and looking forward to feasts and festivities with loved ones!
We have some fun news – which will also serve to explain why things have been pretty quiet around here lately: as of December 13, 2013 at about 8:30 in the morning, Nathan is a Dad. His son, Grady Malcolm Millar, arrived just a wee bit earlier than his due date and has thrown Nate and Stef’s life in to this strange joyfully frustrating delightful cycle of feeding and diapers and no sleep and more feeding — needless to say, the new Mom and Dad are a little bit exhausted. They are really beautiful, though they may not feel it at all right now. It will take a little bit of time for them to learn each other and I imagine it won’t be long before Nate is drawing page after page with the boy balanced expertly on his hip, or shoulders, or knee or drawing table – whatever works, right parents? Mom loves to tell the story of when I was a baby, one of the only ways to calm me down was to put me on my tummy, in front of the speaker and play the “Tapestry” album by Carole King. To this day, it’s one of my favourite albums and I imagine Grady will find an immense comfort in being surrounded by ink and paper and sketchbooks when he is older.
More of Chapter One as soon as humanly possible!
We started Where She Walks last December and it has been an amazing year. It started with the deep pain of losing our Father and it ends now with the joyful (sleepless) arrival of Grady. The wheel turns. Thank you all for your support and encouragement, it means the world to us. Thank you for visiting the site and for reading the story, thank you for all the comments and feedback. However you celebrate this season, may it be happy and bright and filled with love and laughter. We wish you joy, success and dreams come true, now and in the coming new year.
Merry Christmas World.
If we saw you today, shook hands, talked, discussed this thing at all, thank you! The trip is made when a new fan comes along and wants to see more. Further, I believe a good day is marked by the inability to notice it came and went. Effortless, fun and COOL. Got to meet Aaron Douglas, dude is a class act. Like him a bunch. Erin does too.. I have PHOTO EVIDENCE. Anyways, can’t say thanks enough. See you next year!
Tomorrow morning, Nate and I are getting up really frelling early and making our way down to Lethbridge to join the fantastic folks at the Lethbridge Expo for a day of fun! We are really looking forward to the trip, meeting some new people and sharing Where She Walks with some new readers. This is the inaugural Expo for the group organizing the show and we can’t wait to jump in the line, as it were. They hosted the creators of Dragonlance there today – and Marina Sirtis and Aaron Douglas are there too. A brilliant beginning. Congratulations Lethbridge Expo!
And now if you’ll excuse me, I must get ready for bed because I have to get up ridiculously early tomorrow morning. Sleep well everyone – sweet dreams!
As we briefly mentioned a while back, we took Where She Walks to the Red and White Comic and Toy Expo in Calgary in September. We had a great day, the book got some new exposure and new readers (thank you!) and we met a woman named Corinne Vessey. Corinne is the Artistic Director of Ember Dance Company and she approached us with an idea for a very interesting and exciting collaboration…
Dance meets the writing and art of the Graphic Novel. Nate and I were intrigued and after meeting Corinne, so much more than intrigued – ready to try something new and bring our creative energy to this new dance show which will go up in May of 2014. We will post more information about the show as it becomes available – we hope you’ll be able to come out to see it!
Well, in fact, I did up a draft. Erin and I talked about it, and decided that I should do something closer to to the OG sketch I did up for the page.
I wanted to share this regardless, with very loose colors (time, time, time) to show there’s been production. I also want to share everything I do for the project. I’m in the process of getting more material together to post up here.
I’m starting work on the second draft today after work, I hope to have it up this week. The one you see here is close, but missing a few key aspects we wanted present in the final. The original sketch had a very cool take on Oswin and Pearl’s home, nestled in by the bridge. The scale also fights with the eye a little less.
Anyway, enjoy, thanks for viewing. New page forthcoming.
Greetings! Welcome to the new site – which is up and running thanks to Nate being more tech savvy than the average bear, dedicated and…stubborn Some things translated over well, some things didn’t. We are still working on the set up so you will likely continue to see design changes as the weeks go by, maybe even from one day to the next – it’s a work of art in progress!
Welcome to Fall 2013! As promised, Chapter One begins today and we will be posting weekly pages from this point on. Thank you all for your patience. I do hope you will join us weekly for new content and I hope you love it. Do get in touch if you feel moved to do so – let us know what you think, what resonates with you, what doesn’t, is the new site working for you? – we want to hear from you, so please feel free to drop us a note anytime.
I wish you all a very merry Equinox! May your journey in to Autumn be beautiful. Enjoy!
Thank you much for your patience. Please enjoy the first Cover and page of Issue one, as well as the redesigned site. We’re glad you could come by, there is now an active comment system in place where you can provide feedback or heckle. Heckle gently. I’ll be updating process sketches and such via the blog, Erin will be weighing in more often. We’ll update you on where we’ll be bringing the book to you, as well as when the new issue will be available in print.
Thanks again for coming along with us.
Oh you guys, let me begin by apologizing for disappearing for a while. I got distracted by, well, life. It’s been a hell of a year so far and I am totally baffled that somehow, it is already mid-August. It’s been a year of up, down, backwards and sideways; some of it was beautiful, some of it was exciting, some of it was horrid, heartbreaking crap. It’s been a year of love, loss, laughter – LIFE. We ebb and flow and sometimes I think we need to withdraw in order to cope, in order to understand and hopefully we come to a place where we can step up and say “hi, I’m back…” So hi, I’m back – and I have news!
First off, the site is a bit wobbly these days. We are experiencing some technical difficulties – in fact, I’m not sure any of the comic is even showing right now…*grumblegrumblegrumble* In a nutshell, we are doing some work to optimize the viewing and layout and remember I mentioned some things in life going sideways? The site was one of those things. Nate ran in to some unexpected technology-design-confusion while he was moving things about and after much cursing on his part, he had to push things back to the original and we lost some things in the process. We’re working on getting everything worked out so, bear with us.
Let me be clear: when I say “we lost some things…” – I just mean from the site. You all would have heard the swearing from wherever you are if we had lost the work entirely. Perish the thought! It will all be back up where it belongs as soon as possible.
Second, while I have not been as committed to blogging as I would have liked to have been, I have been writing. I’ve been writing and loving every minute of it; even the minutes I can’t stand, with all the frustration, anxiety and self-doubt they bring with them. As promised earlier this year, Chapter One will begin in the fall and I can’t wait for you to read it!
Third, we are working on attending more Expos in the next little while. Keep your fingers crossed that we hear some good news soon! We have applied for a show here in Calgary mid-September, more specific to comics than the broader pop culture, all things sci-fi/fantasy of the Calgary Expo, we’ve also applied for the Edmonton Expo (September 28-29, 2013), there’s maybe a trip to Southern Alberta in November and we’ve also applied to the 2014 Calgary Expo. We will let you know what we hear as soon as we hear it.
Fourth, we still have some stock left from the Calgary Expo; copies of the Prologue and Nate has a limited number of art prints available. The Prologue is still and always will be pay what you can/pay what you want and Nate’s prints are $10 each. Part of what we will be implementing with the new site format is a way to purchase the work online. As soon as we have that information, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you are interested in either a copy of the Prologue or an art print, drop us a note and we can work out the details. Check out http://nathanmillar.blogspot.ca/p/print-sale.html – the sale was originally posted for August 12-15 and he’s on vacation right now, but he’ll get back to you as quickly as possible if you’re interested in a print.
Lastly, thank you all again for your support and encouragement and your patience. We’re so excited to launch Chapter One – more news on that as soon as we get all the formatting fun taken care of.
I’m off to do some more writing. I hope you are all enjoying your summer!
I almost can’t believe it’s here. The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo starts tomorrow and Nate and I are sharing a table with the fine Mr. Gord Cummings to promote and sell our book. We have a book. Nate picked it up from the printers today. Tomorrow morning we will pile all our stuff in to the car and we’ll be off to the show. You know, the one we’ve been working towards for a few months now, while it’s been awfully quiet around here…The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo – yeah, it’s already here. It starts tomorrow (did I mention that?) and ready or not, we are going to be there.
I’m pretty thrilled to post this page.
I’m pretty thrilled in general with what we’re about to do.
We’re going to be at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, amongst a sea of other small press creators, with our friend Gord Cummings. We’re going to be selling Where She Walks.
Two things, no, we are NOT done producing it. We will still post it on the site as we go.
I am updated the entire thing as I go, streamlining fonts and techniques and stylizing it to look nice.
We’ll have a 28 page book for sale, containing the three prologue stories.
This is page 9.
I’ll have page 10 for you in a couple days. Jeff will post this to the actual sequential tomorrow I’m sure.
Our Dad, Bruce Millar, was a gentle, creative soul. We lost him on January 19, 2013, but we had known about his illness for just over 2 years. It was pancreatic cancer, a terminal diagnosis and it threw our world in to a tailspin. There were times it seemed interminable and now, it seems like it passed us by all too quickly. There has been so much packed in to those 2 years: terrible sadness, fear, anxiety, anger; but there has also been so much love, joy and creativity. We have a lot to be grateful for.
Once we decided to collaborate, Nate and I talked almost non-stop about the project. Family dinners became creative brainstorming, ideas flew around the room and Dad was so excited about this story. His art was his music. He was working on 2 songs inspired by Where She Walks and what he did get finished is truly beautiful. One song is an instrumental piece; a lilting, dreamy tune that sounds like magic blooming. It was Bri’s theme song. The other song is a soft, folksy piece that Dad wrote the melody for and we were well on our way with the lyrics. He wrote most of them, then asked me to work with him to finish. There finally came a point where we had to shift our focus entirely to his comfort and care, but he was still eager to hear about our progress and he loved to have the laptop set up for him to see the pages as they went up on the website.
Art is important to our family and we will continue to create. We will finish Dad’s songs. Nate will draw. I will write and you will see Mom’s photography in the coming weeks as the project grows and the site plumps out. We need some time to let the reality of our loss and all that comes with it wash over us, time to grieve – but there is such comfort in making art, so we won’t be away for long. It is who we are and what we love.
You rest now, Dad. Thank you for your love, your support and your music.
Bri’s journey will continue and we’ll keep telling you all about it as we go. <3
Our world flipped inside out today. We lost our Father, Bruce Millar to cancer. He was our inspiration and our guide in a lot of ways, this project wouldn’t have happened had he not told us so honestly to get moving, because he didn’t have much time to see any of it. He wrote music for this project, we’ll be working to finish that piece for you to hear. In the meantime, thanks for understanding. Page Seven will be out soon, and we’ll conclude the short as soon as we can.
Sometimes being a writer is kinetic, it’s frantic, aural; the speed and flow of the hand across paper, the scratch of the pen, turning the page of the notebook, the crinkle and rustle of paper, it’s a spastic symphony and it’s some of our favourite music. Other times, being a writer is a very still experience. We retreat in to the middle of ourselves, an idea twisting and churning inside us, we can almost grasp it – and in the moments when we really let go and sink it to the experience, it can resemble…well, a vacant stare. A glazed over, inattentive gaze in to the middle distance of nothing productive. But I assure you, there’s an awful lot going on in those quiet moments.
We all refer to it differently. I call it The Stare of Creative Productivity and it’s a part of every writer’s process, however it may manifest. There we are, frozen in hyper-creative carbonite, with ideas spinning about our brains and even though we aren’t actively writing in that moment – with the pen tearing across the paper or fingers furiously typing away – we are, most definitely, writing.
The story is aways on my mind, which can be inconvenient if I am supposed to be concentrating on other things, like day job meetings or safely being a pedestrian. There is nothing like the pre-Stare of Creative Productivity-surge of inspiration coming on while trying to manoeuvre ones way through a busy parking lot on foot. Exhilarating! If I’m lucky, the resulting rush of adrenaline gets me to a pen and paper in time to jot down even just the outside edges of the brilliance I saw in my mind’s eye. If I’m really lucky, it actually was brilliance.
The story is growing, changing, revealing itself and it’s all very exciting. The support keeps coming, our gratitude is bubbling over – thank you, thank you, thank you! Writing is becoming more and more a part of my every day, which means, so is staring and I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be happier about it. It means all good things and I look forward to sharing those things with you.
Enjoy this week’s page!
Well, this took a bit. I’m going to surpass the winging about the holidays, and move on to talking about this page.
I ran out of ink about three quarters of the way through it. I kept going though, using Copics and then finished it off with awash to distribute some light.
I used the flatting method to color this page, wherein you paint one layer with the flat colors you want to use, making it fairly easy to organize your color information. You can edit it quite easily from there as well. From there, once I found a balance of color I was pleased with (I am a color theory rookie, these pages will look so so so damn different when we print) I went ahead and put some shadows down. I used an eraser to to build in some more lighting on the flats, and voila.
Here’s the inked product:
See you this weekend, yes, I hope to give you something new that soon. Yes.
Going to be two pages this week. I’ve learned a few things in this first month.
The pages, while beautiful when detailed and lined up, take time. I have to find a way to improve my environments with key elements and lines, perhaps leaning a little heavier on inkwashes and negative space, perhaps rethinking the importance of detail where I’ve not taken that time thus far. I want the camera to be exciting in this book, partly because I’m just wrapping my head around the freedom that gaining enhanced perspective provides an artist. Once you can get a solid perspective in place, the possibilities are freaky if you can draw even a little. In my opinion.
Where She Walks will be a living document, with color adjustments, FX added\subtracted, dialogue changes and likely some panel re-edits. I’m already eyeing up page 2 panel 2.. it feels a little lost.
Confession time. I thought the world was ending. My evidence weighed heavier than anyone’s, see– my sister’s bday is on December 21. It made perfect sense that something catastrophic was going to occur. Really tho – I didn’t get the page done for this week because I had a couple of commissions to do. Then the holidays, now, Boxing Day. So.. I’ll have two pages up later this weekend. Sooner if I can swing it.
There is talk of us selling this at comic-con this spring. talk, just talk. no factual facty facts yet. stay tooned.
Listening for pages 4 & 5 – grimes, A$AP Rocky, SCORPIOS, How to Dress Well
Here is a look at the inks for page four. This is our first splash page. I’m pleased with the results. I’m happy with the read.
I wanted to talk a little about what this project is about, right here. Not only is it a free online graphic novel, it’s a project we’re moving towards print. What you see is a living product, that is going to change frequently. There’s learning in many areas, we’re constantly updating the site, the pages, the aesthetic, and the color. We’d love to hear what you think of it. We need feedback to beautify, I suppose.
Thanks for taking the time, for being a part of this. For reading!
December 14, 2012
Well, it’s been 2 weeks since we went live with the project and the response has been heartwarming. We’ve received a number of calls and emails from friends and family, all talking about how the idea of dreams and life purpose resonates for them, we’ve received congratulations and encouragement, we got some great feedback – please keep that coming! We want to learn and discover as we go; this is a work in progress and it will change and grow as we go on. We’re learning new and wonderful things all the time and well, I love that, so please let us know what’s on your mind! And if you’re kind of stoked about the project, please feel free to spread the word. You are a vital part of this work and we appreciate you going on the journey with us!
All that being said, a new page goes up tomorrow and this one is of particular interest to me because my brother is being mysterious about it. We outlined the pages and all the art for The Path That Follows, which is Part 1 of the Prologue, a while ago, but he is keeping the final cut of this page quite secret. Normally I get a number of emails that go something like this:
Email #1: Here ya go sis!
Email #2: Okay, no – this one
Email #3: Last one, probably…whatever, shut up
(Love you, Nate! )
So normally, I’ve seen a number of different versions of the page by now. But this time, I’ll be just as surprised as you and I’m kind of over the moon about that. Now, I know the basics of the page, in that I know what text that will feature on this page, but mostly it’s this wonderful mystery and I’m excited about that. I do love a good mystery! It’s also a very cool feeling to simply know that my words are in very good, hugely capable, deeply dedicated hands. Thanks brother.
Good night everyone – sweet dreams.
I added this page to my sister’s original script. She wanted to show Bri wandering through her morning routine, missing some very important and obvious happenings. The idea, I think, is to show the blandness of
her life. Same shit every morning. Notices nothing, even though we’ve got a guy in the distance fading to nothing.
I gently edited this in photoshop, and I have these lines all colored for our weekly post tomorrow. There’s no dialogue on this page. I’ve seen many bits of advice from creators involving how much dialogue is needed to tell the story, and I wanted to explore that approach here. I hope you enjoy it.
The first draft of the colored version will post tonight\this morning or early Sunday. I was late to finish coloring, but, wanted to start this new trend of posting the B&W of the page, along with some analysis of what I was trying to accomplish. Love to hear any feedback, as always.
Good night babies.