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.

Leonie’s website
Josh’s website


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”

Immigration Museum exhibition of “Swallows”

28 Jun

For the next four months art from my little graphic novella “Swallows Part One” will be up at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, which is totally rad because it is just down the street from the place where my grandfather used to have his flower stand (which is featured in the book)! Very excited. I’ll be at the Museum on Saturday August the 6th at 2pm to give a talk about the making of Swallows and some other works.

Dates: July 1 to October 31
Where: Immigration Museum Foyer, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne


Raft Gallery Hobart

23 Jun

I did a comic reading at Raft Gallery in Hobart during Dark MOFO. This preceded a round table discussion on the concept of Home. It was a great afternoon! Wonderful discussion organised by Stella Gray of Raft, and MC’d by Firas Massouh.

I wanna be a travella 2016

13 Jun

When Pippa and I went travelling to the USA just recently I had a great time! Went to Florida to visit my friends Tom Hart and Leela Corman at the Sequential Artists Workshop; went to NYC to meet Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly. All sort of things. AND – I made a travel journal which I have now turned into a comic-zine which you can buy if you like.

Go to San Kessto Publications and snaffle a copy. It’s cheap.


Her Maj round-up

11 Jun

Her Maj 2016 is done and dusted!
So many people turned up to alllll the events.

So much thanks to all involved ->>>
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in Her Majesty’s 2016 and who’ve helped make it super fun and special yet again. All the artists and music and organisers but in particular Rachel Tribout, Nathanael Jeanneret, Nadine Kessler, Camille Antoine, Alyssa Bermudez, Tri Stan Barnes, Tania Fordwalker, Jennifer Cossins, Leonie Brialey (and Katharine Daly) Leigh Rigozzi, Chris Gallagher, Ivan Moose Johnston.

A very special thanks to Eleri Mai Harris (a cartoonist at the top of her game) and Mandy Ord (a cartoonist we can all just fall in love with) who gave the talk on Thursday the 9th, the final event of the festival. They just let us all witness one of the finest, most intelligent and warmest comics chats I have seen in years.
It was mighty.
My heart swells.
Long Live Her Maj


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Her Majesty’s Favourite Program

22 May


Her Maj’s website
Program design by Nadine Kessler

Her Maj 2016 programming

19 May

Festival programming is coming along nicely for Her Maj 2016

Go to the website

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