A review by Joshua Santospirito of Fluid Prejudice
Various artists, edited by Sam Wallman
Published by Glass Flag 2014
Cover image Tom O’Hern featured in Island 135
I don’t know if anyone recalls an incredible serialised comics piece published in Meanjin in 2008-09 titled Their Hooks Hold Deep in Our Flesh: written by Kate Fielding and involving artists Clint Cure, Mandy Ord, Ben Fox and Elizabeth McDowell.
It arose out of the context of Rudd’s apology and it detailed a number of histories of the Portland area of the Great Ocean Road since colonisation. Fielding’s foreward stated ‘a generous, critical and impassioned engagement with our shared histories is both the joy and responsibility of all people’. Fielding and co. walked the talk; Hooks sang songs of history in multiple styles, formats and sources to create an unusual critical historical account woven from multiple voices.
Six years is a long time in the small but rapidly maturing world of Aussie comics. It’s 2014 and Melbourne’s Sam Wallman has willed a remarkable anthology of history-comics into existence entitledFluid Prejudice. ‘The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice,’ said Mark Twain. The focus of this anthology is under-represented and marginalised histories. Historical narrative shifts focus, not only because of the stories being told, but because of those who hold the pen. Perhaps the corrective biases of those whose ink flows in these pages will hold the mainstream narratives to account.
For the full article – please go to the ISLAND MAGAZINE WEBSITE (Subscribe while you’re at it).
Cover image – Tom O’Hern
Buy Fluid Prejudice at Glass Flag Press
Adapting comics from prose -
Lecture, Hobart – School of the Arts, UTAS – open to the public
Joshua Santospirito presents at the Arts Forum on the RIDICULOUS trials and tribulations of adapting prose into the medium of comics, the mechanics of both mediums and the the headaches involved. Hard work. It should prove kinda interesting to those interested in any medium or artform. It will also be presented at the Wordstorm festival in Darwin in May/June.
“The Long Weekend in Alice Springs” is an award-winning graphic novel adapted by Tasmanian-based artist Joshua Santospirito from a complex but beautiful academic essay by Alice Springs-based psychologist Craig San Roque. Published in 2013, and originally launched at the Tasmanian Writers Festival, it has sold remarkably well since then and looks set to develop a cult following across Australia.
This is a pre-fesival event of Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival: a festival celebrating Hobart comic-makers, illustrators and zines. Check out the full program at http://hobartgraphicsfestival.tumblr.com/
- “One of the most outstanding graphic novels ever produced in Australia. Speaks to our cultural identity in ways like no other book I’ve read.” -TheComicSpot
- “a thrilling piece of narrative art” – Ronnie Scott for The Australian Review Magazine.
Check out more of Josh’s art and stuff at http://joshuasantospiritoart.com/
The other pre-festival event you should TOTALLY go to is this – Rachel Tribout’s launch of Captain Blueberry Illustration‘s MONSTER’S OF TASMANIA - https://www.facebook.com/events/778999665457618/?fref=ts
Josh has a track on this – as Drive West Today. A pretty impressive anthology of noise/sound art, with highlights from Kovacs and Nick Smithies.
Josh has a piece in this amazing anthology -
Fluid Prejudice is a collection of comics and drawings focusing on underrepresented, marginalised and alternative visions of Australian history.
50 artists, 175 pages
edited by the wonderful Sam Wallman
You can buy it at Sam’s website – PENERASEPAPER
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/