Tag Archives: Craig San Roque

Free postage til Xmas

29 Nov

Woop !

I’ve been on big art-adventchas lately, it’s been grand.
But i’m back home now and it’s super nice to be back in my own bed after 5 weeks.

It’s almost the end of the year: it’s always surprising when it sneaks up on me like that. Not sure what you’ve been up to this year, but looking back I reckon the thing that I’ve spent most of this year trying to get better at is being a good friend to the people that mean a lot to me. I’m often away with the fairies in my own head reading books and writing and sometimes forget to tell my peeps that I love them. I’ll probably keep trying to get better at that next year too.

I’m grateful you’ve all been interested in stuff I do. I always hope that people find it interesting. Secretly (shh) I think I make comics because I’m not great at starting conversations the normal way … so I’m always super glad when people talk to me about ideas in my comics. It may not be the most efficient way to start a conversation … but I’m glad it works! ūüôā

Xmas pressies
Hey … I just had an idea … perhaps you should get onto Christmas presents right now. By which … I mean you should buy my books and comics for your friends and family. San Kessto publications has free shipping til Christmas on both my graphic novels ->>>>>>>>

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* Swallows Part One (a tale of immigration and family) Р$15 (FREE postage)

* The Long Weekend in Alice Springs (has turned out to be a cult hit over the last four years) Р$29 (FREE postage)

* I wanna be a travella: Sri Lanka (a nice little travel comic/sketchbook from my trip there) $5 + postage

But now that my overly forthright sales pitches are all done
– I’d like to say that 2017 has been smashing for me¬†and I hope that it’s been pretty damn smashing for you too. Whether it has or not – I hope that 2018 will be a WONDERFUL an super creative year for you all.
jxo

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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)

 

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs wonderful book ‚ÄúRosalie Lightning‚ÄĚ
* John Porcellino
* Mandy Ord
* Julie Doucet
* You can read more about Sarah Firth‚Äôs image (below) at this link –‚ÄúThe Neurotic‚ÄĚ
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BIG NEWS – And a launch in Melbourne!

16 Oct
I have news … lots of news!
HEADLINES for busy people who don’t want to read¬†all¬†of this POST¬†
РJosh has a new graphic novel called Swallows Part One
–¬†Swallows¬†launches in Melbourne THURSDAY next week: October 22 –¬†event link
– this book is also available in shops!
–¬†Carlton Footy Club article¬†about¬†Swallows
ALSO
– My¬†older¬†graphic novel¬†The Long Weekend in Alice Springs¬†is being majorly featured at the amazing MOFO festival at MONA in January – AND it’s going to it’s 3rd print-run.
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DETAILS for leisurely types with time to read more
I would like to formally invite you all to come to the Melbourne launch of Swallows Part One
 Рmy new graphic novella which I have published through San Kessto Publications. 
When? Thursday October 22, 6pm, FREE
Where? Museo Italiano Co.As.It. Р199 Faraday Street, Carlton, just off Lygon Street
* It will be launched by Bernard Caleo – he gives amusing, elegant and considered speeches
¬†…….. what kind of speech will this one be? Who knows?¬†I don’t.
* I will be doing an audiovisual comic reading with music as part of the event. There will also be an exhibition opening of some of the art from the book which will be up for two weeks in the Museo.
* I hope Stephen Silvagni comes to the book launch, I invited him.
Swallows Part One is available from Readings on Lygon Street, Minotaur, Brunswick Street Books.
It’ll make a really really good Xmas pressie
 
MOFO 2016
I am VERY excited to tell you all that my 2013 award-winning graphic novel¬†The Long Weekend in Alice Springs¬†is going into¬†it’s THIRD print run¬†(holy smokes)
…. and I will be performing it … yes, you read right … me and Craig San Roque will be doing a performance of excerpts from the graphic novel in January as part of MOFO, Hobart’s amazing music and art festival. Three small performances at Cinemona, and one absolutely HUGE one at the Odeon Theatre to a humungous crowd. Hopefully that crowd buys some copies of the third print-run so I can cover the costs of printing it (yikes!)
It has been announced today on the MOFO website.
Thanks to you all for your ongoing support of all my projects, none of which would be possible without you (seriously)
Josh
xoxo

Neil Gaiman

28 Jan

At MONA FOMA in January I found Neil Gaiman with a little help from festival curator Brian Ritchie – it gave me the opportunity to hand Mr Gaiman a copy of my book The Long Weekend in Alice Springs.¬†Now Hobart is a small town, and all my friends were at that amazing festival (you should come – MONA FOMA is a freak of a good time): and I had a bit of intel that Neil Gaiman had been sighted coming out the jumping castle, and down at the cafe reading it … so it was nice to hear he’d had a look.

A week or two later – he tweets this ->

Neil Gaiman Twitter

Long Weekend short-films

10 Nov

We have recently managed to find time to record Craig’s narrations (much thanks to Ross Muir at Reddirt Records in¬†Alice Springs for taking the time to do this) and put them to animations of some of the art from the graphic novel. Have a looksee at what we got down here!!

Pt 1 – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs: Manka Maru

 

Pt 2 – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs: Around the campfire

 

Pt 3 – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs: The Hospital

 

 

Pt 4 – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs: Sunday

 

Pt 5 – The Long Weekend in Alice Springs: the weekend is over