Homeless cartoonist hopes comic strip will gets him off the streets

A man living on the streets of Indianapolis may now get the break he needs to rebuild his life.  Ray Miller became homeless after his mother died.  Now, he is hoping a just published comic strip in a local newspaper will get him the second chance he has been so desperate for.

“Yeah, I am published, finally.  It has taken a bit,” said Ray Miller.

Seeing his comic in the paper just might be the start to getting Miller off the streets.

“That is going to be the shock to my system, that I am back on the other side,” said Miller.

Miller is homeless.

“I used to look down on the homeless and somebody that was begging on the street,” said Miller.  “I would say, ‘Get a job, be like the rest of us.'”

Miller is using his current situation as the inspiration for his art.  Miller is the author of the comic strip “Homeless Homies.”  You can find it in the latest edition of Nuvo magazine. The characters are based on people Miller has met over the years.

The comic’s characters are based on real people, the story-lines are a combination of actual events and whatever else Miller dreams up.

“The two astronauts get there on Mars, and because of cutbacks, they can not come back,” said Miller.

Miller has been homeless for more than 10 years, but it all started underneath the New York Street bridge in Indy.  His drawings began as doodles, but he is hoping his love for artwork will lead to much more, like a permanent place to rest his head.  Miller has heard about the success of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice who hit it big. The 51-year-old Miller hopes his drawing is his ticket out of poverty, but he’s not getting his hopes up.

“We hear success, and then we also hear more or less the downfall instead of the successes,” said Miller.

If his daily drawing measures up Miller said he has no problem leaving his campsite.  If he does move on, he plans on giving back.

“I am going to reach down and I have got to pull some people out that I know want out,” said Miller.  “I cannot leave them behind.”

Miller said if nothing else he hopes his lighter side to homelessness will help people understand not everyone fits the stereotype.

“It hits everybody and it does not care about which way, it is just about bad decisions at times,” said Miller.  “Some people, good people wind up here.”

Miller hopes his strip in Nuvo will lead to regular work with the paper or another one.  Regardless, he said he will keep on drawing.

9 comments

  • Kelly

    Is it Nuvo magazine, or Nuvo news? The former is a magazine for "Canadian sophisticates", the later an Indianapolis publication. Could you clarify?

  • Anonymous

    He should get paid for posting that comic see i have also been homeless when these people who keep saying or telling others to get a job watch one day if they don’t hit rock bottom then they can see what it is like being homeless.

  • demoncat4

    congrats mr. miller hope your strip does indeed become the key to you finaly getting your dream of getting your own place to lay your head besides what does not kill one makes one stronger. look forward to maybe seeing and reading your strip printed in the future

  • David Scott

    Compelling story, Mr. LePage! I wish Mr. Miller the best in his endeavors. I have a question to ask about Mr. Miller off-line if you could email me please. Thanks!

  • Sherri

    I have seen Ray's comics firsthand, and they are really funny – a mix of wry and down-to-earth humor with adorably drawn characters! Ray, keep up your awesome work! Great interview!

  • Jeff Humfeld

    Our streets and prisons are filled with talented people like Ray Miller that have made a mistake or been a victim and are looking for an opportunity to contribute to our society again. I would be interested in talking with Ray on air about his art and his life as well as letting more people know how they can access his art. If you have contact info for him please share or give him my email . Thank you.

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