NEOMAD is a fictional fantasy based on real characters, places and stories that connect the people to their country. As part of Big hART’s Yijala Yala Project, the 3-episode comic series was created as an interactive iPad app with the help of over 40 members of the Ieramugadu (Roebourne) Community through a series of workshops in scriptwriting, literacy, Photoshop, filmmaking and sound recording over an 18 month period.
During the project young people from the community have been developing their digital media skills, using Photoshop and graphic tablets donated by Wacom, to create animations for an online game featuring the Love Punks, a group of tech-savvy adventurers intent on bringing positive change. Sutu (Stu Campbell), creator of the multi-award winning NAWLZ interactive comic series, spent over 500 hours teaching young students to apply a complex colouring system to more than 600 scenes to create NEOMAD. These young people, aged between 7 and 14, star in the comic as the Love Punks and the Satellite Sisters, also assisting with the script, the dialogue and the live-action film extras.
With over 60 full-colour pages, interactivity, animation, music, sound effects, voice overs and film, NEOMAD is a ground breaking epic sci-fi adventure. NEOMAD Episode 1 begins with 14 Love Punks crammed on a hoverquad speeding through a digitised desert. When a rocket booster crashes into their community branded with a mysterious petroglyph, its discovery leads the Love Punks on an epic journey across the cosmos, complete with spy bots, pranks and magic crystals. In Episode 2 the Love Punks spend time with the Murujuga Rangers out on country and we meet the gravity defying Satellite Sisters. In the final instalment, Episode 3, the Love Punks and Satellite Sisters join forces to save a gigantic tourist shuttle from intergalactic catastrophe.
NEOMAD aims to bring attention to the rich Indigenous cultural resources of the Pilbara in Western Australia, equally as rich as the vast mineral resources of the area.
Episode 1: Space Junk was launched at the Bucheon International Comic Festival in South Korea in 2012, Episode 2: The Last Crystal was launched in Roebourne and the final Episode 3: Pork Chop Plots launched on June 24th, 2013 at Parliament House in Canberra. All three episodes are now available in book form.
Download the interactive comic HERE on the iTunes store
A free NEOMAD study guide is now available to download
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December 3, 2013
NEOMAD Wins Best Game/Multimedia Production at 2013 ATOM Awards!
On Thursday in Melbourne, filmmakers, media producers and educators from across the country gathered together for the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Tertiary and Industry Awards, where we are excited to announce NEOMAD took out Best Game/Multimedia Production! Benjamin Ducroz, the Yijala Yala Project’s filmmaker, accepted the Award on behalf of Big hART and the Roebourne kids. [...]
November 26, 2013
Shop now live!
Our online shop has launched, featuring all the goods from the Yijala Yala Project! Get NEOMAD comics, NEOMAD t-shirts and the MURRU album delivered straight to your door. We’re currently taking pre-orders for NEOMAD Book 3 – Porkchop Plots, which is due for release mid December. Also available next month is the NEOMAD three book [...]
November 22, 2013
NEOMAD – Finalist at the 2013 ATOM Awards
We’re excited to share that NEOMAD is a finalist in the Tertiary & Industry Best Game/Multimedia Production category at the 2013 IPAF ATOM awards! Check out our nomination HERE. The annual ATOM awards recognise film and media excellence in education and industry, celebrating the best of Australia and New Zealand content from the sector. Australian Teachers [...]