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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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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 I´m 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
You´re 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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