One thing that I should let ya’ll know about – I am ridiculously exciteable to announce that San Kessto Publications’ next little baby in the DOWN THERE series will be 100 copies of Tricky Walsh’s Hoppers 1: the ‘manias.
I started the Down There series in July 2013 with my own issue of Sleuth. The general theme of the series is Tasmania, but the interpretation of that theme is pretty vague and with that I have gone to artists/comic-artists and asked them to each produce a medium to long-form comic for the series, to be released up to 4 times each year in runs of 100. Basically … I just wanted to read more comics from those who lived in the same place as me … Tasmania. Tricky’s issue will be the first of … possibly a few … Which I think is bloody exciting in itself. Future artists in the series will be Tom OHern (flippin hell!!), Lindsay Arnold (OMG – Linzee RNold) & Gary Chaloner (cripes!).
The launch of Hoppers will be at the Hobart Bookshop on Thursday the 12th of December – you can buy a copy from the San Kessto website from today – it’ll be sent out to you after the 10th of December. More info closer to the time!! Stay tuned! Or … as Tricky herself would say – “Woo!”
Since publishing The Long Weekend in Alice Springs in March of this year – the first printrun sold out … quite quickly … I admit that I was a little stunned by how quick it happened. I felt a little silly for having only printed 500 copies … but then I thought, well why do I feel silly – how could I have known??!! It’s now in its second printrun and the book is now in over 20 bookstores across Australia, which is great!!
You can also snaffle your copy from Sankessto Publications for $35-
There is also an upcoming booktour in Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide – check out the poster for details.
Recent Media reviews and spots
Charlie Ward’s blog review - a really beautiful and considered review.
Australian Newspaper Review Magazine - a massive spotlight!!
Readings Boostore – review - great endorsement from a great bookshop!
ComicOz review - a fellow psych-nurse and comic enthusiast.
Review from the Alice Springs News - Incredibly beautiful writing on the book.
Framed Magazine interview - Interview with Josh from late 2012
Alice Online article - Another Central Australian perspective
Podcast from the Comic Spot – interview with Josh Santospirito, good fun!
Santiago de Compostela has a celtic background … go figure!
I wanna be a Travella (and a artist) 2012
Well well well … I had 500 copies of The Long Weekend printed in March of this year … my initial thoughts was, well that should keep me going for about 2 years or so, its such an obscure book that it’ll be a slow-burner at best.
But then I sold out in 2 months.
Which took me somewhat by surprise … a GOOD surprise … but a surprise nonetheless.
So I have now printed 1000 copies for the second print-run, again at a Hobart-based printer (gotta keep printing skills in the local neighbourhood, less and less books are being printed in our local community which is really sad). This time, it’ll be sent to some bookstores, rather than sell them just myself at booklaunches and whatnot so perhaps a different buncha people will get to the books, hope so!
Recent Media reviews and spots from June/July 2013
Australian Newspaper Review Magazine
Readings Boostore – review ComicOz review
Warp Magazine - Tasmania
Older Media stuff
A really beautifully written review at Alice Springs News
The Comic Spot interview
Alice Online article
I woke up to this article this morning – it’s a picture of ME.
An amazing review of The Long Weekend written by Ronnie Scott in the Australian Review.
What a coup for San Kessto Publications!! (Is that a correct use of the word “coup”)
If you can’t be bothered buying The Australian – then just read the article HERE.
My great-grandfather’s name was Antonino. His son, my granfather, was called Antonio.
This is Dad’s words – I just drew the picture.
Thursday night last week I flew like crazy from Hobart to Melbourne, jumped in a taxi with a funny driver to Readings where I met my parents, my brother, Bernard Caleo, Peter Foster and Sue and wolfed down a pizza at Trotters before running across the street to have a booklaunch – here’s Bernard in his white suit.
Here’s Bernard holding up a fine book that he is spruiking with all his mighty might
Here is an engaged and wrapt audience of book-devourers
And here is me, a touch nervous … but doing a better job than I did in Alice Springs.
Booklaunch in Melbourne – done!