Author(s): Brent Williams; Korkut Öztekin (Illustrator)
Out of the Woods is a book to help people understand and overcome depression and anxiety. It is the author's own story told entirely through 700 beautifully hand drawn watercolor illustrations. It is an immensely practical guide for sufferers, their loved ones, and professionals working in the area too. The book's graphic memoir format blends a compelling personal story with the latest medical research - ideal for people who are in the depths of depression and struggling to read and take on board information. The book doesn't pretend there is a quick way out of these illnesses and instead encourages people to make small steps to slowly build their own lasting recoveries. This is an inspiring story that will give vital information and hope to many people.
'A great book that will bring understanding and hope to anyone who reads it.' – Professor Mark Williams, University of Oxford
'This is as clear, accurate and sympathetic a description of major depression and how to emerge from it as I have ever seen. I strongly recommend that anyone suffering from depressive illness should read this book first.' – Dr Tim Cantopher, Author of Depressive Illness – The Curse of the Strong
' A brave, important book.' – Professor Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University
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 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.