Sutu uses art and technology in new ways to tell stories. He is an illustrator, interactive designer and writer. He is best known for Nawlz, a 24 episode interactive cyberpunk comic book series for web and iPad. As part of BigHart’s YijalaYala Project, he has adapted traditional Australian Aboriginal stories into interactive iPad storybooks and created the NEOMAD interactive comic series, a space opera set in the Aussie outback. His work has won Webby, FWA, ATOM and JMAF awards.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Who do you work for?
Freelance and BighArt
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
I create experimental interactive comic books. I began creating an online interactive comic book series called Nawlz. Nawlz combines text, illustration, animation, music, sound design and interactivity to tell the story. I developed my own technology for delivering the stories to the web and iPad. After Nawlz, I began working on BighArt’s YijalaYala Project where I co-created NEOMAD, a 3 part space opera set in the Australian outback- in collaboration with the indigenous community of Roebourne. We also created an Anthology of interactive stories (Warlu Song, Ngurrara, Echdina and the Dress) from the Pilbara, with each story representing a different language group.
What are your career highlights?
Working with the young people of Roebourne to create Neomad has been the most exciting and rewarding project.
Being invited to the Bucheon International comic Festival in South Korea to present NEOMAD and exhibit Nawlz.
Nawlz winning the Webby award.
ABC creating a documentary about my art practice, Cyber Dreaming.
Doing an artist residency at the Ilulissat Museum in Greenland, watching the enormous icebergs float by my window.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
I wish I didn’t have to go to bed in the first place. I love working. I hate being sleepy. I’m inspired by the stories I hear from everyday people in the communities I work with. I’m also inspired by the legacy of creators like Osamu Tezuka, at his peak he was drawing 60 pages a day. That blows my mind.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo, Hayao Miyazaki, Akira Kurosawa, Werner Herzog, Andrei Tarkovsky.
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
A few 1 minutes films presented by the kids/stars of NEOMAD. They will explain the process of creating the project. I will follow this with some anecdotes about working with communities to create new stories in new mediums. I will also touch on the significance and importance of the new mediums.
Where can we find you?
I live in Roebourne in Northern Western Australia. It’s a beautiful place, everyone visit some time.
Vimeo and/or YouTube: NAWLZ