Brent Williams • Author
Brent Williams was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1958. He built his career in community law, creating services and resources to help vulnerable people – particularly children, young people, and victims of family violence.
In his resource work Brent used comics, re-enactments, and documentaries to tell stories of people asserting their legal rights. However, in his late forties he found he could no longer do this work. It was like he had hit an insurmountable wall. That wall was depression and anxiety.
Denial, shame, and a misguided belief he had to fight these illnesses on his own made Brent's situation worse. Not until he really acknowledged that he was ill and accepted help could his recovery begin.
Out of the Woods is an honest account of what Brent experienced and learned in his journey out of depression and anxiety.
Korkut Öztekin • Illustrator
Korkut Öztekin was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1976. He completed a degree in graphic design at Bilkent University in 2002, and went on to gain his Masters, with a focus on sequential art, at Dokuz Eylül University in 2005.
Korkut has worked as editor and chief writer for The Turkish Graphic Design Magazine and freelanced as a comic book artist, cover artist and illustrator for several literary works.
Korkut is known for his work on Deli Gücük, a Turkish comic series of ghost stories from rural Ottoman Anatolia. He worked on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch series as support artist to Tom Garcia, and recently was the lead artist in Frank Miller’s RoboCop: Last Stand series.
Currently, Korkut is a full-time instructor in the Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts Graphic Design Department, and he continues to experiment with graphic storytelling and illustration projects.