Indigenous science-fiction comic series launches epic finale at OzComic-Con Perth

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NEOMAD is set to take Perth Oz Comic-Con by storm when Love Punks Garuwarra and Born Ready join Satellite Sister Ali to launch Book 3 – Porkchop Plots fresh off the press.

Readers will be blown away by this epic intergalactic adventure, in which our motley crew of heroes saves the world from impending catastrophe!

Created with the communtity of Roebourne, WA as a part of Big hART’s Yijala Yala Project, NEOMAD is a futuristic fantasy about the world’s oldest continuing culture.

Set over three episodes, NEOMAD follows the story of the Love Punks and Satellite Sisters, young heroes who watch over country and speed through a digitised desert full of spy bots, magic crystals, fallen rocket boosters and mysterious petroglyphs.

The town of Roebourne (or Ieramugadu as its known by the traditional owners, the Ngarluma people) sits in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. It seems an unlikely place to find award-winning digital media, however since 2010, Big hART
has been working to harness the creative capacity of the community through a diverse, multi-layered cultural development project called Yijala Yala.

NEOMAD was created with award-winning illustrator and interactive designer SUTU (Stu Campbell) in collaboration with over 40 young people in the Ieramugadu community. These young people, aged between 7 and 14, star in the comic as the Love Punks and the Satellite Sisters and assisted with character creation, scriptwriting, Photoshop, dialogue and live film segments.

Originally developed as a 3-episode interactive comic for iPad, NEOMAD is now also available as a series of books published by Gestalt Comics. Gestalt have worked with distributor Madman Entertainment to have NEOMAD Book 1 included in the Scholastic Book Club – widening its availability to enthusiastic young audiences around the country.

The award-winning NEOMAD braves new territory to tell Australian stories in an entirely new way. Comic Con showcases a wealth of local and international talent and is the perfect opportunity to share this unique project with pop-culture fans at the biggest and the best expo in Australia. Visit the Gestalt booth at OzComic-Con Perth to learn more about NEOMAD from SUTU, Gestalt and some of the young co-creators.

The official launch panel for Neomad Book 3 is scheduled for Saturday 29th March at 3pm on Stage 3 in the Perth Convention Centre as part of the OzComic-Con programming.

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