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Follow Your Shadow

10 Oct

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13th Oct – 5th Nov

An exhibition of comic, cast and cartoon art at the Rosny Barn.
With artists – Scott Baxter, Alyssa Bernudez, Grace Garton, Paula Hatton, Joshua Santospirito, Paul Peart-Smith, Vivien Mason and Sarah-Jane Moore.

Opening – Thursday the 12th Oct, 5:30pm.
FREE, All welcome.

Artist talks – Saturday the 14th Oct, 2pm.
FREE, all welcome.

Student drawing competition – 13th Oct – 5th Nov.
FREE, students 18 and under.

Follow Your Shadow moves between surface and source. Curated by Dr Sarah Jane Moore, Tasmanian artists Scott Baxter, Alyssa Bermudez, Grace Garton, Paula Hatton, Joshua Santospirito, Paul Peart-Smith, Vivien Mason and Sarah Jane Moore collaborate to create a magical place of mystery, animation, exaggeration and intuition. The shadows we cast are explored through object, sound and space where cartoon meets comic, graphics meet sculpture and holograms meet playful projections. From Marvel to Minions, comic and cartoon art is all around us and is increasingly being recognised as an art form with both high artistic value and the power to communicate diverse stories. Join us and follow your shadow.

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October News

5 Oct
Hiya !

Upcomings and Goings
* 13th Oct -> 5th Nov HOBART *
I’ll have some art as part of a group exhibition of comic-art at the Rosny Barn in Hobart named Follow Your Shadow (see the image at the bottom). Opening part is from 5:30pm Friday October the 12th. I’ll also do an artist talk with some of the other artists on Saturday the 14th of October at 2pm, All welcome. Kid-friendly.

* Oct -> Nov INDONESIA *
Me and my tribe of graphic novelists will be in Jogjakarta for the second biannual Comics Art Workshop. Whilst we are in Indonesia we will be doing TWO DIFFERENT Read To Me comics reading events:
1) At Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali (if that pesky volcano doesn’t blow it’s top), and
2) At Biennale Jogja, in Jogjakarta, Java.

Whilst I am in Indonesia I’ll also be manning the @Sawtoothers Instagram account if you want to follow and see all the great art things that catch my eye. Sawtooth is wonderful artist run gallery based in Launceston in Tasmania’s North.

* 16th November, Thursday -> MELBOURNE *
Talk (see the above promo image) – I’ll be in Melbourne to give a low-key talk about Sydney/Purgatorio at Squishface Studios in Brunswick at 8pm after their drawing class.

Sydney/Purgatorio
I feel like I should tell you a bit about my graphic novel project … but not too much, cos it’s going to take me a very long time to complete and if I talk about it too much you will be sick of it by the time it comes out … in maybe the year 2023 or whenever. This is the project that I’m taking to the Comic Art Workshop to get feedback on.

Comics take a long time … they truly do. And this one is more complex than any one I’ve ever done before. Craig San Roque wrote in “prose form” back in 2010, and it is a published piece in an academic journal. After I launched The Long Weekend in Alice Springs in 2013 I said to Craig “Hey Craig, if you have any short bits of writing, flick them my way and I’ll see if I think they’ll make a good comic”

Craig sends me a piece of writing which is about THREE TIMES AS LONG as the original version of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs …. honestly … what didn’t he understand about the word “short”??

I read it … hated it.

I quite was relieved “Great – won’t waste years working on that super long piece of garbage! … A few months after that I got a bit drunk at home after the Carlton Blues lost badly to someone (2013 was yet another lost year) … and reread Sydney/Purgatorio and realised that it was indeed quite brilliant. DAMNIT Craig!!!

I might tell you a bit more about it in about in another email in a few months time so I don’t take up all your day, the art on this page are from concept sketches I’ve been doing alongside the drafting work that I’ve been doing on it.  You can look at these process images on my Instagram if you like.

Thing to buy if you enjoy buying things
Graphic Novels
The Long Weekend in Alice Springs
Swallows Part One
I wanna be a travella: Sri Lanka (a nice little travel comic/sketchbook from my trip there)

 

Image

For Murray Ball

12 Mar

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New Book! Sri Lanka travel diary

23 Jan

I am publishing my little water-coloured travel journal from my recent recent to Sri Lanka. It’s very nice.

Buy it HERE

Colour printing is pretty ex-y so please preorder it so I can pay the printer – I’ve made a special lil preorder price for youse.
jxo

Preorder price
AUS $8.50 until Feb 11th (+ $3 postage)
– launching at the Festival of the Photocopier in Melbs on the 12th

Aurélie Neyret in Hobart

26 Aug

I was asked by Rachel Tribout to be the interviewer for the interstellar illustrator and comic-artist from France Aurélie Neyret who recently came to Hobart to talk at an AGDA night. It was a fantastic evening, very well attended – and the audience gushed at Aurélie afterwards, which was great to see. A wonderful artist, and I hope to see more of her works translated to English soon. I know First Second are publishing the comic series – Les carnets de Cerise in 2017 – which is super exciting.

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Long Weekend short film

7 Jul

This 16 minutes short-film was made from the performance that was commissioned by Brian Ritchie for MONA FOMA 2016 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The live version, just like this film version, was narrated by Craig San Roque with music by Joshua Santospirito, with visuals projected onto the big screen at the Odeon Theatre and then repeated again at Cinemona in the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in January, 2016.

The art and story in this film is extracted from the award-winning graphic novel of the same name, which can be purchased from sankessto.com/product/the-long-weekend-in-alice-springs The Long Weekend is the cult favourite graphic novel, adapted from an original 2004 essay that explores the Jungian concept of the cultural complex; an idea about group behaviour that was left largely unexplored until very recently in the academic world.

Neil Gaiman – “this Australian graphic novel is the best thing I’ve been handed to read in ages”

The Australian Review – “… one of the oddest and most rewarding Australian comics that has yet appeared”

Joshua’s website is at – joshuasantospiritoart.com

Sound recording for the film are by Matt Warren

Leonie Brialey & Joshua Santospirito talk comics (with tea)

1 Jul

In 2016 Josh ran the third annual Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival and had super special guests Eleri Harris and Mandy Ord interview each other at the final event. It was an impressive conversation and Josh decided he wanted to see more artists interviewing artists. Leonie also visited Tasmania as part of the festival, having a solo show of her comics and one image of hers of Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) that was made into a billboard in Hobart. Josh asked Leonie if she’d be interested in talking comics with him – she said SURE!


We talked for about 40 minutes (sadly my phone camera passed out at the 25 minute mark) and it was a great chat. Leonie is a wonderful artist and you should all get to know her work really well. I wrote some stuff about her earlier this year HERE. Hopefully her finished book “Raw Feels” is published one day – in my opinion, it is a TOTAL gem. I asked Leonie at one point about the Kunanyi image, which you can see below. Leonie drew it when she first came to Hobart, and was sitting on the MONA ferry looking at the mountain. She was forced to stop drawing the image because the ferry went around a corner and she could no longer see Mt Wellington: a chance creation of an extraordinarily minimal and perfect image.

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Leonie’s website
Josh’s website

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Things that we referred to if you’d like to read more
* Tom Hart’s wonderful book “Rosalie Lightning”
* John Porcellino
* Mandy Ord
* Julie Doucet
* You can read more about Sarah Firth’s image (below) at this link –“The Neurotic”
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