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I'm a restless nomad.  I like to get away from computers and the same old routines.  I go crazy if I'm static for too long.  I like to be on the move, walking, walking, walking,  get the blood flowing, see new landscapes, meet new people. 

Please give us a brief bio of yourself.

I'm an illustrator, story teller and interactive designer, living in the desert using new tech to tell stories in new ways. I'm currently the Digital Multimedia Coordinator on the Yijala Yala Project, adapting stories from the Indigenous community of Roebourne into interactive storybooks for iPad. Our latest creation is the epic space opera called NEOMAD which stars the Love Punks, the same gang of Roebourne kids that are featured in the Love Punks game.

My work also includes Nawlz, a 24 episode experimental interactive cyberpunk adventure series created for web and iPad.  I've also created multimedia installations for the Australian National Museum and designed pilot training programs for the Australian Defence Force.  

What do you do for inspiration?

I move around a lot and collaborate with lots of different people from different walks of life.  Everyone's got a story to tell, it's usually pretty inspiring.

Please list 3 of your favourite sites.

www.neomadcomic.com
http://theairtightgarage.tumblr.com/
http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire

What do you regard as being your biggest achievement?

Winning a Webby for Nawlz and having a solo exhibition in South Korea as part of the Bucheon International Comic Festival. 

How many hours do you work each week?

I sleep about 4-6 hours a night and when I'm not sleeping I'm working on something.

How do you relax or unwind?

Draw and draw and draw and then I throw myself in the ocean and then I go for a big walk.

If you weren't working on the internet what would you be doing?

The internet's only a small part of my work.  I work with communities creating art in lots of different forms, films, comics, and books.  I'll want to continue to help people to tell their stories and continue to tell my own stories.

What's your favourite part of your job? What's the hardest part of your job? What do you do when you get stuck?

I love getting out and about, seeing new country, meeting new people.    It's hard working with more than 5 kids at a time, especially when they're all throwing muesli bars at you.   I get stuck when I drive the car into the marsh. To get unstuck I call Tyson.  He's a good man, he has the answers.

What's the longest you've ever stayed up working on a project?

4 days, it was a strange time.  I completed the projected, stepped out of the office at 6am on Sunday morning and walked straight into a pole.  People on the street looked at me like I was a despicable junky.

If there are any pivotal experiences/decisions you could point to that helped shape your career, what would they be?

Shortly after working on that project above, I had to get away from the computer so I hiked into the Himalayas for 5 days with a solar panel strapped to a donkey. I installed the solar panel on the roof of a remote medical hut in a small mountain village. The panel powered 5 lights including the light for the maternity ward. The community was stoked.  I like doing work that can change somebody's life.  I hate doing work that perpetuates mindless consumerism. 

How many projects does your company juggle at any one time?

Heaps, at the moment I'm collaborating on three digital stories with men in the community and trying to finish the second and third episodes of NEOMAD with the kids.  Those are part of the Yijala Yala Project - we're also working on a CD with musicians in the Roebourne Regional Prison and are going to perform and tour a International theatre piece called Hipbone Sticking Out next year.

Aside from that I'm still creating NAWLZ episodes, working on an augmented reality app and a new fantasy story called Udina. 

What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?

www.lunapod.com

Have you written any books, if not do you plan to?

NAWLZ.  It's a digital comic book.

Are there things you do OUTSIDE of work to ensure that you are in the right mindset to be creative and/or successful in whatever you are doing?

I'm a restless nomad.  I like to get away from computers and the same old routines.  I go crazy if I'm static for too long.  I like to be on the move, walking, walking, walking,  get the blood flowing, see new landscapes, meet new people. 

Looking 10 years in to the future, how far can websites go?

Read the Nawlz, it's all about the future of the internet.  Surgically implanted brain computer interfaces manipulating neural input to bind reality with virtual contructs and connecting brains in a collective unconscious way that would have Carl Jung doing backflips in his grave.


Links

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Here I am recording dialogue and sound effects with the kids for the Love Punks game.
Here I am recording dialogue and sound effects with the kids for the Love Punks game.

How we made the Love Punks online game with 10 year old kids in Ieramugadu (Roebourne)

How we then went on to make NEOMAD, an interactive comic for iPad

Trailor for NAWLZ iPad app

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