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Life on Withers Mountain by AdamWithers Life on Withers Mountain by AdamWithers
This was a Christmas gift that :iconcomfortlove: and I made for my parents this year. We live in an apartment in their tri-plex house, and the premise of the short-story is just looking at an average day in all of our lives and seeing that my sister Amy (who died in 2005 a few months shy of her 22nd birthday) visits and is happy to see how things are turning out for us. Only the pets can tell that she's there.

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Panel 2) My father is a bee-keeper, so here is a typical scene in the house: Dad is filling honey-bear bottles from giant buckets of honey and Mom is making skin-care bars from beeswax. Amy is "providing quality control" while Obi-Wan (our cat) and Zooey (my parents' dog) try to figure her out.

Panel 3) Comfort and my art studio! Yay! Our cat Annie-kin is trying to get Amy's attention.

Panel 4) The brown pitbull is May, Amy's dog. She named her "May" because it was "Amy spelled sideways." If May loves one thing, it's chasing a frisbee. She would run herself into the grave if you let her.

Panel 9 to 11) May will often wander around with her frisbee in her mouth, looking hopefully at anybody who passes by to see if they'll play with her. Here, she waited outside when Dad went into the house so she could be with Amy.

It's all a little saccharine, I know. But while I'm not at all a fan of "religion," I believe strongly in the power of the spirit and its endurance after death. I have felt Amy's presence in my life after she died. Am I a fool? I think I'm just more willing to hope for the good than to throw in the towel completely.

Anyway, there it was: Christmas 2011. Thanks for looking.
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Suggester Said: "I've been a big fan of Adam's comic work for a long time, but every now and then he just really raises the bar. "Life on Withers Mountain" is a work of sheer beauty, both for the eyes and the soul." Life on Withers Mountain by *AdamWithers ( Suggested by Treyos and Featured by dust-bite )
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smergrl3495 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Very well done!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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redskindavyd Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful gift, very nice!
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
The "energy field" she is drawing with herself like a vapour trail at her arrival in the first panel plus her pose remind me a bit of some drawings of Phoenix/Dark Phoenix by John Byrne ^^

This short comic is very touching and Im sure your parents appreciated it. Maybe it helped them a bit as it helps you. Wonderful work.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. I was going for a bit of a wing-effect with the halo/aura, so it isn't surprising it reminds some people of the Pheonix-Force. ;)
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Youre welcome.
It was meant to show the wings of an angel, then?
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Artist
More or less, yeah. Without being specifically "angel wings."
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NightmareEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is great. Gotta love artwork with a deep meaning behind it. It's very touching, and I think a lot of people could relate to this if they understand the meaning behind it. My friends lost their brother in an accident, and they've been having a hard time dealing with it . I want to show them this. And i like how this piece shows a bright side to things, its incredible! Keep up the good work, ya'll :D
Ya'll inspiring me to draw now !
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you very much. Use that inspiration to do something! :D
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NightmareEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh hell, i just spent the last 3 hours drawing in my notebook! I'm definitely going to do something about it. >:D Are you familiar with a college called Digipen?
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
Nnnnope.
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NightmareEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah its allrighty, no problem
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Marzarret Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could fave this for a thousand times. The story is just so touching.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Artist
I wish I could thank you a thousand times; I hope one will do. ;)
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Marzarret Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It does. You're very much welcome.
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Codalia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your story is absolutely touching. I am very pleased to have come across this.

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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Artist
I am pleased to have received such a compliment. :)
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SDetjen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I don't think you to be a fool at all. My Aunt lived a ways from us and we would visit her in the home- sad thing was we visited more than her son and daughter but I feel since her passing she has made a habit of finding me and giving me strength. She was religious and I am too, but this isn't mattering in the comment itself. She was a very strong caring woman with a sense of peace to her last days and when I find myself doubtful of myself or alone I feel her there. I love this piece.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks. I'm glad this could have meaning for more people than just me and my family. :)
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Tora-Howes Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Photographer
This is seriously so beautiful, very well illustrated and brings a tear to my eye :)
It's nice to be reminded that the people that I've lost are still here, and that she's there for you too... :heart:
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you so much. It's a very nice sentiment. :hug:
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Tora-Howes Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Photographer
No worries, this illustration really deserves it :)
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Keilink Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art, purpose, feelings... An amazing work in all ways, congratulations.
The fact that animals can see her is adorable :)

My respects.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like it, and yeah, the animals were what sold me on the idea too. :)
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Keilink Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.

I noticed it when I remembered that my cats were weirdly looking at nothing sometime.
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C21 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nicely done, Adam and Comfort.

All the best to you both.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Right back atcha. ;)
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Ginger-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
So beautiful, I love this :D
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
I love your compliment, so we're even. ;)
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deeruh Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Listen, I am going to put a LOVE smiley, and congrats - I ALWAYS put a JOY smiley
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow. I'm special today, huh? :D
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SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I shed a few tears for Amy. I'm sorry for your loss. That must have been both very cathartic and difficult to draw at the same time.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Honestly, all these years later, it was actually just nice to feel close to her again for a while. I'm sad when she feels too far away, or when I feel like my memory is fading and I'm losing her - making this was the opposite of those feelings. She felt close and fresh and I remembered a lot of good times while I worked. It was a good experience. :)
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DementedlyMe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Beautiful. I'd like to think that my little sister does the same thing; just come on down for a recon mission. She'd get a real kick out of our brother's shenanigans. I'm sorry your sister died; it's one of the worst things I've ever gone through myself. The images here are striking and stirring, and sometimes funny. Congratulations on a well-deserved DD. And I'm sure your sister is very proud of you.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you very much. From one big brother to another, I appreciate it. :handshake:
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bagheera29680 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow. This is one of the most moving and beautiful things I've seen on DA. I love the inclusion of the pets and that last panel is divine. I have tears in my eyes.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you. I knew a lot rested on getting the right emotion on the last panel. The most critical parts of any story are the beginning and the ending. People will forgive and forget a lot of what happens in the middle, but as long as you leave them with a good ending, they'll walk away feeling good about the experience. :)
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Dreae Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Dreae Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
np
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rosuto-kia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry about your sister, but I bet she is so happy and proud of what you have done. This short story is amazing, and beautiful. You are a verry strong and enduring person. I respect you, I truely do *gives a entire batch of cookies and hug*
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks. The cookies are delicious! :hug:
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel the same; there's no harm in dreaming and hoping.

Great art, beautiful story :heart:
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
This is beautiful, heartbreaking and uplifting - all at the same time.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Hopefully it swings more to the positive side than the sad side. :)
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aerozonia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student
what a brilliant page. It's really touching and looks beautilful too.
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makepictures Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I expect it made everyone cry.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Artist
You expect right. Made my wife happy - she thinks the best gifts are the ones that make you cry. :D
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makepictures Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Then her tears are unsullied and she is blessed with that.
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