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The Comic Art Workshop

14 Dec

For the first two weeks of November I was taking part in the inaugural Comic Art Workshop. It was held on MARIA ISLAND off the East coast of Tasmania. Technically I was the only Tasmanian at the workshop, but Leigh Rigozzi used the workshop as an excuse to return from Sydney after a decade. So we now have another comic maker in our midst YAY! … and to make things more interesting, I met Eleri Mai Harris at the workshop – turns out she’s an ex-Tasmanian who now lives in Canberra after having lived in the States for a bit – so there was tonnes of Tassie action going on. Leigh’s Dad also works for Parks and Heritage. He came over to Maria and gave us a bit of a talk about the island and the nature and whatnot. Tony Thorne from Hobart also came over on the middle weekend and talked about the history of Indigenous peoples in Tassie and also gave a watercolour Plein Air workshop.

We had Leela Corman and Tom Hart from Florida come to be our master-comic-artists. Go to the Comic Art Workshop link for the full line-up of the amazing attendees.

Here’s some random pics!

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Recent media for the Long Weekend

8 Oct

Since publishing The Long Weekend in Alice Springs in March of this year – the first printrun sold out … quite quickly … I admit that I was a little stunned by how quick it happened. I felt a little silly for having only printed 500 copies … but then I thought, well why do I feel silly – how could I have known??!! It’s now in its second printrun and the book is now in over 20 bookstores across Australia, which is great!!

You can also snaffle your copy from Sankessto Publications for $35-

There is also an upcoming booktour in Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide – check out the poster for details.

web 2013 Nov-Oct Book tour

Recent Media reviews and spots
Charlie Ward’s blog review – a really beautiful and considered review.
Australian Newspaper Review Magazine – a massive spotlight!!
Readings Boostore – review – great endorsement from a great bookshop!
ComicOz review – a fellow psych-nurse and comic enthusiast.
Review from the Alice Springs News – Incredibly beautiful writing on the book.
Framed Magazine interview – Interview with Josh from late 2012
Alice Online article – Another Central Australian perspective
Podcast from the Comic Spot – interview with Josh Santospirito, good fun!
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Sydney Booklaunch of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs

1 Oct

web 2013 Nov-Oct Book tour

Booklaunch at 6pm at the MCA shop – Thursday 24th of October
(Museum is open until 9pm on Thursdays)

This popular Australian graphic novel was published early in 2013 and is already in its second print will be launched at the MCA by the inimitable Pat Grant (Blue) and the wonderful Dr Anne Noonan.

Josh Santospirito, who adapted and drew the graphic novel, will be present for booksigning and a natter at the MCA shop.

Learn more about the book at sankessto.com

A strange and beautiful graphic novel about the psychological effects of colonisation. Craig San Roque, an Alice Springs psychologist, takes us throughout a long series of poetic thoughts and places over the course of a long weekend in the central Australian desert town of Alice Springs. He grapples with an analysis of his own culture and the pain which it intentionally and unintentionally inflicts upon other cultures.
in 2007 Joshua Santospirito, a psychiatric nurse in the Central Australian desert, came across the essay A Long Weekend in Alice Springs by Craig San Roque in a book called The Cultural Complex. Josh found this piece instrumental in reframing all of the seeming chaos around him and began to reframe the essay itself into comic form.

Available in Sydney at the MCA shop and also Kinokuniya, Gleebooks and Better Read Than Dead.