City of Wanneroo Pop Culture Festival

City of Wanneroo pop_culture_festivalIt’s always encouraging when libraries or local governments encourage arty and creative activities. The City of Wanneroo, here in Western Australia recently started their Pop Culture Festival, with a focus on cosplaying, but also a discussion, and workshop wit writer/artist Justin Randall (the excellent horror comic Changing Ways), as well as an anime film festival.

Go here for further info.

Changing Ways Launch

If you’re a West Australian like me, then this launch of Gestalt’s Changing Ways OGN by writer/artist Justin Randall will be of interest. I may even be there myself, but don’t let that stop you from going.

Changing Ways
Graphic Novel Launch

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7 AT 7PM

CURTIN UNIVERSITY

Gestalt Publishing and Curtin University invite you to the launch of Justin Randall’s Changing Ways graphic novel.
Celebrate the publication of the book that has been called “the most important step forward in Australian comics” with Writer/Artist Justin Randall and Editor Wolfgang Bylsma.

The launch speech will be delivered by Associate Professor Donal Fitzpatrick, Head of the School of Design & Art (SODA).

Justin will be discussing his vision and creative process and, of course, signing books! Artwork from Changing Ways Book 1 (and a sneak peek at pages from Book 2) will be projected onto the gallery walls!

VENUE:

The John Curtin Gallery
Building 200, Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley WA
Australia [Map]

Changing Ways Out Now

Official press release below about Gestalt’s latest, and first full colour, offering, from writer/artist Justin Randall. It’s a great looking book, and it’s fantastic to see local talent so…talented.

Welcome to Grey Oaks

Justin Randall, artist on 30 Days of Night: Eben & Stella invites us into the beautifully disturbing town of Grey Oaks with the release of Changing Ways: Book One.

Changing Ways conveys the intimacy and heartache of a family struggling to survive in a world that’s falling apart.

Randall was focused on delivering a story that people could relate to from the outset.

“I wanted to create a story that, despite the cataclysmic events going on in the outside world, you could really just focus on the intimate moments of a small family,” he said.

Synopsis:

David Barrot, a retired Corrections Officer, moved to Grey Oaks after the tragic death of his son, Cale.

With wife Lucy and daughter Jessie, the Barrot family bought a farm on the outskirts of town and began their new life, putting aside all the dark events of their past.

Unfortunately for them, the dark just won’t leave David alone.

The first sightings started months ago, igniting rumours of disease and infection. Newspapers reported unusual lesions appearing on livestock and stories of strange side effects spread quickly. Perhaps it was inevitable that the people of Grey Oaks would be next.

These are their Changing Ways.

Justin Randall is a Lecturer in Digital Illustration for Curtin University in Western Australia, and an internationally published graphic novelist and commercial artist. He has worked on franchises such as 30 Days of Night and Silent Hill and produced artwork for video games, book covers and journals.

Changing Ways is distributed by Diamond Comics in the USA with an RRP of $17.95

Changing Ways Teaser

In the first issue of Arcana magazine (out next month!) we have a preview of Changing Ways, a forthcoming OGN from Justin Randall and Gestalt Comics. Below is a just released teaser for the great looking book.