About Heart of Millyera

When young geology student Ida finds an unusual object at the bottom of a lake, she unwittingly becomes guardian to Millyera – a childlike spirit as old as the universe. In the sun-drenched seaport of Flora Bay, the growing, bustling industry of The Colonies brings colourful characters from across the globe together to stake their claims on a new land. With her colleagues Gilbert and Celeste, Ida works to protect Millyera from those who would do the sea-spirit harm. In doing so, they awaken a long-dormant world of magic and danger.

Heart of Millyera is the first webcomic by Jess Cate and Jana Hoffmann. The story began in 2014, when Jana and Jess were discussing their mutual love for mystical sea-beasties. Millyera was born out of a fascination with the mysterious universe that dwells in the deepest oceans. The world of The Colonies sprung up out of our desire to create a comic with a setting that is both steam-punk, and yet proudly Australian. Milly and her friends are a team of adventurous, misfit geniuses, who we hope will win your hearts.

Heart of Millyera is an epic undertaking, which will carry you out of the depths of the ocean, across deserts, through the dusty streets of bustling towns, across the seas on trade ships, and out into the recesses of space. I am not sure that we can squeeze any more adventure in, but we will sure as hell try!

We currently update every 4 weeks, and we’re working on increasing that.

Jess Cate 

Co-creator & writer

Jess Cate has been creating comics and telling tall tales since they were a teenager. Heart of Millyera is their first webcomic, which brings together all the things they loves about stories, namely: adventure, humour and well-rounded characters. They spend most of their time in a constant state of jittery enthusiasm, fuelled by too much tea.

Jana Hoffmann 

Co-creator & illustrator

With a deep abiding love of the storytelling possibilities comics provide, Jana Hoffmann can’t escape the medium despite giving it a red hot go for a while. She’s been illustrating since she could get her hands on a copy of Photoshop and self-publishing webcomics since 2005 and has published a number of short comics.

Anthea Wright


Anthea is a long time freelance illustrator and new mum. Likes making things colourful and playing dungeons and dragons. You can find her work at www.antheawright.com.

Camila Duran


Camila Duran is a Chilean artist making comics in sunny Brisbane, Australia. When she’s not working on Heart of Millyera, she’s drawing comics about the Chilean revolution for the Artists’ collective Cacerola. Camila loves to read French comics, talk politics, and listen to obscure Latin American music.