River of dreams to in­spire chil­dren

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Books -

BAYSWATER au­thor Camp­bell Whyte has ful­filled his child­hood dream of pub­lish­ing a fan­tasy graphic novel in­spired by Perth’s iconic land­marks and the Harry Pot­ter se­ries.

Whyte’s first pub­li­ca­tion, Home Time, is based on a story of pri­mary school stu­dents who fall into the Swan River on the walk home from their last day of school and find them­selves in an en­chanted ver­sion of Kings Park.

The graphic novel, printed by Top Shelf, was re­leased at the Comic-con In­ter­na­tional San Diego event in July.

It will be of­fi­cially launched at the Awe­some Fes­ti­val at the State Li­brary of WA on Oc­to­ber 7.

Whyte said he wanted to make a por­tal fan­tasy for young adults spe­cific to Perth be­cause Aus­tralia did not have clas­sics such as Harry Pot­ter, The Wizard of Oz or Peter Pan.

“My wife and I were liv­ing in San Fran­cisco at the time the (Harry Pot­ter) se­ries came to an end and there was about 16 of us liv­ing in a ware­house,” he said.

“I started toy­ing around with the idea of how that might work 10 years ago, so the project evolved and re­ally changed at the time.

“When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was to make comics... I’ve al­ways made comics but this is the most sub­stan­tial thing.”

The WA Mu­seum en­gage­ment of­fi­cer said the il­lus­tra­tions looked at the his­tory of land­marks, changes in land­scape, re­shap­ing of the river and de­mol­ished his­toric build­ings.

“I grew up in South Perth and I was down the river all the time and com­ing to Kings Park,” he said. “It was re­ally about the in­ves­tiga­tive process but it is also a very fun kids ad­ven­ture story.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d473555

Camp­bell Whyte has re­leased the graphic novel Home Time Kings Park and the Swan River. set in South Perth,

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