Bloor West artist displays personal ‘brand of silliness’ at Runnymede library

News Jan 09, 2015 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Writer-designer-illustrator Katharine Miller says she has always had an affinity for “goofy” 1960s science fiction.

It’s this love affair that inspired the character of Boris the robot, star of his own graphic novel, Boris Robot of Leisure. Published in March 2013, it’s an unexpected “human” story that combines “retro-futuristic science fiction, mid-century cocktail culture and silent comedy” as readers follow Boris on his quest for direction and contentedness.

“I’ve always had affection for goofy 1960s sci-fi and the Tomorrowland gadgets that never quite made it into our future,” Miller told The Villager. “In 2003, I developed Boris as an alternative to the aggressive robots who seem bent on global domination. Boris is gentle relic of the retro future who doesn’t know how to fit in to our world, but certainly doesn’t want to take control over it.”

A decade later, the Bloor West Village resident began painting images of Boris, which she exhibited at conventions where she was selling copies of her graphic novel. It was another way of generating enthusiasm for the book. Last summer, Miller participated in the ‘Future is Now’ group exhibit at the Hashtag Gallery in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood.

Her exhibition, Robot of Leisure, takes place at Runnymede library, 2178 Bloor St. W., in the second floor gallery, until the end of January. Toronto Public Library (TPL) provides artist space in 12 branches across Toronto.

“I am delighted to have been chosen as January’s artist and honoured that the TPL’s Art Selection Committee was willing to take a chance on me and permit me this opportunity to display my brand of silliness,” Miller said.

While writing is Miller’s passion, she says she has never been content to master just one skill.

“I tend to go where my ideas and creative whims take me and develop the skills to serve the project or the story I need to tell,” she said.

Miller went back to school as a mature student to study advertising and graphic design, graduating from Humber College in 2008.

She moved to Bloor West Village from the U.S. in late 2006.

“We love it. Everything we need is within walking distance – from the fresh veggies at Young & Sons to the bread pudding at Bryden’s,” she said.

Miller has two Robot of Leisure projects currently in the works. One is a short graphic novel about Boris participating in a cocktail robotics competition while the other is an illustrated guide to entertaining as told by Boris. It’s comprised of drink and food recipes and party tips.

For more information on all things Boris, visit robotofleisure.com

Miller’s website is katharinemiller.com

Bloor West artist displays personal ‘brand of silliness’ at Runnymede library

Katharine Miller to exhibit paintings of Boris the robot until end of January

News Jan 09, 2015 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Writer-designer-illustrator Katharine Miller says she has always had an affinity for “goofy” 1960s science fiction.

It’s this love affair that inspired the character of Boris the robot, star of his own graphic novel, Boris Robot of Leisure. Published in March 2013, it’s an unexpected “human” story that combines “retro-futuristic science fiction, mid-century cocktail culture and silent comedy” as readers follow Boris on his quest for direction and contentedness.

“I’ve always had affection for goofy 1960s sci-fi and the Tomorrowland gadgets that never quite made it into our future,” Miller told The Villager. “In 2003, I developed Boris as an alternative to the aggressive robots who seem bent on global domination. Boris is gentle relic of the retro future who doesn’t know how to fit in to our world, but certainly doesn’t want to take control over it.”

A decade later, the Bloor West Village resident began painting images of Boris, which she exhibited at conventions where she was selling copies of her graphic novel. It was another way of generating enthusiasm for the book. Last summer, Miller participated in the ‘Future is Now’ group exhibit at the Hashtag Gallery in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood.

Her exhibition, Robot of Leisure, takes place at Runnymede library, 2178 Bloor St. W., in the second floor gallery, until the end of January. Toronto Public Library (TPL) provides artist space in 12 branches across Toronto.

“I am delighted to have been chosen as January’s artist and honoured that the TPL’s Art Selection Committee was willing to take a chance on me and permit me this opportunity to display my brand of silliness,” Miller said.

While writing is Miller’s passion, she says she has never been content to master just one skill.

“I tend to go where my ideas and creative whims take me and develop the skills to serve the project or the story I need to tell,” she said.

Miller went back to school as a mature student to study advertising and graphic design, graduating from Humber College in 2008.

She moved to Bloor West Village from the U.S. in late 2006.

“We love it. Everything we need is within walking distance – from the fresh veggies at Young & Sons to the bread pudding at Bryden’s,” she said.

Miller has two Robot of Leisure projects currently in the works. One is a short graphic novel about Boris participating in a cocktail robotics competition while the other is an illustrated guide to entertaining as told by Boris. It’s comprised of drink and food recipes and party tips.

For more information on all things Boris, visit robotofleisure.com

Miller’s website is katharinemiller.com

Bloor West artist displays personal ‘brand of silliness’ at Runnymede library

Katharine Miller to exhibit paintings of Boris the robot until end of January

News Jan 09, 2015 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Writer-designer-illustrator Katharine Miller says she has always had an affinity for “goofy” 1960s science fiction.

It’s this love affair that inspired the character of Boris the robot, star of his own graphic novel, Boris Robot of Leisure. Published in March 2013, it’s an unexpected “human” story that combines “retro-futuristic science fiction, mid-century cocktail culture and silent comedy” as readers follow Boris on his quest for direction and contentedness.

“I’ve always had affection for goofy 1960s sci-fi and the Tomorrowland gadgets that never quite made it into our future,” Miller told The Villager. “In 2003, I developed Boris as an alternative to the aggressive robots who seem bent on global domination. Boris is gentle relic of the retro future who doesn’t know how to fit in to our world, but certainly doesn’t want to take control over it.”

A decade later, the Bloor West Village resident began painting images of Boris, which she exhibited at conventions where she was selling copies of her graphic novel. It was another way of generating enthusiasm for the book. Last summer, Miller participated in the ‘Future is Now’ group exhibit at the Hashtag Gallery in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood.

Her exhibition, Robot of Leisure, takes place at Runnymede library, 2178 Bloor St. W., in the second floor gallery, until the end of January. Toronto Public Library (TPL) provides artist space in 12 branches across Toronto.

“I am delighted to have been chosen as January’s artist and honoured that the TPL’s Art Selection Committee was willing to take a chance on me and permit me this opportunity to display my brand of silliness,” Miller said.

While writing is Miller’s passion, she says she has never been content to master just one skill.

“I tend to go where my ideas and creative whims take me and develop the skills to serve the project or the story I need to tell,” she said.

Miller went back to school as a mature student to study advertising and graphic design, graduating from Humber College in 2008.

She moved to Bloor West Village from the U.S. in late 2006.

“We love it. Everything we need is within walking distance – from the fresh veggies at Young & Sons to the bread pudding at Bryden’s,” she said.

Miller has two Robot of Leisure projects currently in the works. One is a short graphic novel about Boris participating in a cocktail robotics competition while the other is an illustrated guide to entertaining as told by Boris. It’s comprised of drink and food recipes and party tips.

For more information on all things Boris, visit robotofleisure.com

Miller’s website is katharinemiller.com