Exhibition at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston, Australia. April 4-26, 2014
Sleuth: The Delegation
it would seem that sometime in the last 250 years the fire-farming just stopped. The humans no longer see themselves in the landscape, and consequently they no longer care for the trees, the dirt, the spirit. Now the giants have awoken. These strange and large visitors have come to Canberra to discuss a situation: Australian spirituality is all over the shop! The continent’s psyche appears to be diversifying … this mightn’t be such a good thing.
I don’t reckon this is such a good thing.
And where is Amos? Is he always late for every meeting!!
Sleuth is an ongoing series that begins with exhibitions, comics and other crosses into other multimedia. It explores what is happening with the Aussie psyche and soul, a nebulous and amorphous thing.
Joshua Santospirito is an illustrator, musician and multimedia artist who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. His main artistic obsessions revolve around language, anthropology, culture and psychology. His main works in comics have been his very rambling Sleuth series, and the award winning graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs which he published in 2013 through Sankessto Publications.
Look!! This lost little comic of mine has found a home on the digisphere … indeed it’s on a map! Which is nice, because it, unto itself, maps out a route taken by a large female across the island of Tassie and onto the mainland. This piece is part of the ongoing Sleuth series … there will also be a new exhibition of Sleuth in Launceston in April – opening at Sawtooth ARI on April 4th. WOOHOO!!! In fact – the Waldheimerin will be at the exhibition.
To read the entire piece at the Digital Writers’ Festival website – go to http://digitalwritersfestival.com/mapping-the-words/the-waldheimerin/
The Sleuth-world continues to grow and grow with this new story – Sleuth: Somethin’s Rotten on the Apple Isle!
It’s part of the new Tascomic series curated by Josh called DOWN THERE where there’ll be a different artist making each issue – up to four times per year. Part of what Josh likes to call – the comics Rennaissance of the Southern Ocean.
This issue is from Josh’s Sleuth series of stories – which is a bunch of rambling, multi-format comics that vaguely resemble a theme on where the modern Australian psyche has gotten itself to … wherever the hell that is.
Some new characters – including Reverend Browning (who was a real bloke from Cressy in Northern Tasmania).
Some old faves – the potty-mouthed Pademelon comes off the gallery wall and bounces into your cute and cuddly hearts in comic-book form, Andrew “Poppy” Harwood makes a return with an all-new jug of Boags … in this all-Tassie extravaganza.
BONUSSSSS – an extra story with the giant Amos Waistcoat meeting up with anthropologist extraordinaire Teddy Strehlow out in the desert somewhere.
SMALL PRESS zine festival is happening in Hobart July 5th – 13th.
AT WHICH – the first (my one) of this new series of comics will be launched on July 11th that I’m organising with a bunch of Tassie-based comic-makers. Future artist’s to be announced on that date!! Very exciting!!!!! !
In July – San Kessto Publications will launch a new series of comics entitled DOWN THERE! The series will be launched at Hobart’s own ZINE FEST – Small Press!
The first in the series (each made by a different artist) will be by Josh – a new comic in his ongoing Sleuth series. Here’s a rough drawing for a new character – Revered Browning.
Sleuth travelled to Alice Springs with me recently as well … he seems to fly off to all parts of the country, leaving no stone unturned … he really wants to get to the bottom of this malarkey: what the FYKE is garn ON ‘ERE!???
Below shows Ivan Brackic in Tenterfield (briefly). I am currently working on a 20 page Brackic story for the upcoming Tasmanian comics series Down There. It’ll be done in July.
This is the Numbat’s tale
Below is the Bunyip of Borrolloola and the beginning of the Dept of Conversation
At the top of the next image you will see the God-sequence … with God being played by Stephen Kernahan
This is the Sleuth wall in it’s almost entirety.
Some readers on opening night over near the Sleuth wall. The rest of the gallery was filled with The Long Weekend in Alice Springs exhibition.
The bloke in this month’s episode is Cam Buckley from the cafe on Todd St in Alice Springs.
SO – I’ve set about beginning a new publishing idea: that is, gathering a bunch of comic-artists that I like here in Tasmania and asking them to do a comic each. The series will be called DOWN THERE. Each issue will have a different artist and will be available from San Kessto Publications. The first issue will be by myself and will be available in July with a launch of the entire series to be announced in the next month or so.
So I’m busy in the inking stage of my comic which is part of my ongoing project Sleuth – I’ve already mapped out, scripted out, pencilled out – a cracking yarn where detective Ivan Brackic comes to Tasmania, the island of DEATH, on the search for a missing person who was thought to have been killed many years back – the cold case of Brenda Hean.
Just … do me a favour and ignore the spelling of Tasmania – I shall be fixing that up later on in the process.
This comic was completed in March 2013 by Josh at Chugnut (comics weekend in Victoria). It was written with major assistance from Katsutoshi Osakabe and Nadine Kessler who helped with translations, I sneakily placed in some people I know, borrowed their stories somewhat and whatnot – thankyous therefore go to Jerome Santospirito, Andrew Harwood, Glen Ewers, Sarah Katz, Sophie Clear and anyone who looks after the Cradle Mountain National Park. This comic is part of the Sleuth series of comics, an investigation into the spirituality of modern Australia. I also stole something from TGH Strehlow.