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/
On Thursday of this week I’ll be presenting a talk in Hobart at the Tas Writers Centre – Adaptation, comics, cultures.
I’ll be showing some bits and bobs about the process of adapting an academic essay into a long-form comic, the trials, tribulations, headaches and successes. I found this process endlessly fascinating – grappling with this difficult beast involves the mechanics of both mediums involved – prose and comics. I’ll have a chat about the various things that you can and can’t do with both mediums, how emphasis changes and how meanings can shift as you reimagine the same content into a different form.
6:30pm at the meeting room at Salamanca Arts Centre, put on by the Twitch writers group with the assistance of the Tasmanian Writers Centre.
Nadine Kessler, book designer of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs (amongst many more books) was interviewed by Paige Turner on the radio the other week – on the Edge Radio BOOKSHOW.
Listen to the interview here.
So – issue#2 of the SanKessto’s DOWN THERE series of Tascomix is now available!
Tricky Walsh’s beautiful comic – Hoppers 1: the ‘manias
Pic 1 – Andrew Harper book-launching
Pic 2 – Tricky Walsh book-pointing
Adelaide – Diarise it!
SAT 30/11/2013, 3pm at the SA Writers Centre in the city.
To be launched by Jennifer Mills who is an awesome novelist who resides in the Clare Valley.
Joshua Santospirito will be at the launch to sign any copies you might like.
The book will be available at Imprints Booksellers afterwards for anyone who can’t make it to the launch and who wants a copy of the book before Christmas – or you can go to the Sankessto website and nab a copy from there.
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!”
Here you can read the entire of the 2013 edition of Sleuth’s adventures!!!!
This was the first issue of the Tasmanian Comix series DOWN THERE!
Coming up in December is Tricky Walsh’s issue!!!
Can’t wait to see what she’s done!!!
Heya – things have been fun lately … but busy.
I flew to Sydney last week for the NSW booklaunch of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was launched by both Pat Grant and Dr Anne Noonan. Immediately after that I went upstairs in the MCA and attended the great Blood & Thunder anthology event where the comic artists did great comic-readings and presentations of their work.
AND this week I did a presentation of the same book in Hobart at the infamous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) as part of the Emerging Writers Festival Roadshow (see image below).
November 30 – I’ll launch the book in Adelaide - HOW EXCITING! I haven’t been to the city of Churches in yonks! I’m a big fan of their botanical gardens. Jennifer Mills will launch the book for South Australia!