Pages 51-57

10 Feb

First Chapter – Friday
For general synopsis and whatnot go to the menu bar at the top and click on The Long Weekend (Graphic Novel)
Previous pages in second chapter – Saturday

Next pages – 58-60.

These pages were endlessly interesting for me – doing lots of ridiculous research into Iraq and Lebanon … the map of Mesopotamia is incomplete as I haven’t had the time to look at Craig’s old map as of yet … but for the sake of people reading this I have put it up anyways. It’s at this part of the essay / comic that the scope of the ideas start to branch all over the planet. Perhaps those readers more accustomed the the Western application of archetypal behaviour will be more at home with the presence of Adonis and Inanna / Ishtar / Venus (and all the other goddess analogues you can think of). The drawings of Saddam Hussein were also fun to do … I checked on the web for photos of him and was a little shocked to find millions of copies of the video of his hanging available for anyone to have a gander at … well, I assume it’s not propoganda material and it’s real, happy to be corrected of course if anyone knows of the details of that video … anyway – I chose to use it, one of the flashes of cameras as he was swinging served as a good model for the drawing. i haven’t decided whether or not I wish to spell it out to the reader what it is they’re looking at or to just leave it as an image … though I appreciate that not all will get that that’s the same bloke as the picture above it with the poor Kurdish folks in the background. any thoughts, comments people? Please leave below.

Hope you’re all well.

Incidentally – Australian comics just got better with Pat Grant’s beautiful Blue now available!!

4 Responses to “Pages 51-57”

  1. craig san roque February 11, 2012 at 11:22 am #


    I have finally seen these pages and there you are masterfuly recreating the world in graphic detail.


  2. joshuasantospirito February 17, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Well folks – Jenny from Alice Springs has let me know that I’ve gotten this dreaming a bit ’round the wrong way – The Thylacine is supposed to be the incumbent male that gets attacked by the incoming Dingo … something of a reproduction of what happened to the Tigers on the mainland of Australia (Dingos never made it to Tasmania and hence the Tiger remained there … until white people killed just recently). Any other thoughts around town about the “stripey dog story”?

  3. Michael San Blackrock February 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Where are the pages 52-53?

    • joshuasantospirito February 20, 2012 at 5:37 am #

      Well spotted … I left them out – they’re not able to be shown in a vertical format (i.e. the pages need to be side-by-side as they’re a single image across two pages), though their ommission does little to the story – they were based on a sign from Alice Springs which sits on a hill in the botanical gardens overlooking the hills. It points out the major features of the landscape (in a basic explain-it-to-tourists manner) and, most importantly points out Mt Gillen as the Dingo ancestor. I’m assuming from your name that you’re probably related to Craig … Craig San Blaqrok.

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