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.
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”
Adelaide – Diarise it!
SAT 30/11/2013, 3pm at the SA Writers Centre in the city.
To be launched by Jennifer Mills who is an awesome novelist who resides in the Clare Valley.
Joshua Santospirito will be at the launch to sign any copies you might like.
The book will be available at Imprints Booksellers afterwards for anyone who can’t make it to the launch and who wants a copy of the book before Christmas – or you can go to the Sankessto website and nab a copy from there.
Here is the THE MAP – of the area to be investigated – dissected – desecrated – devoured – pooped out – and analysed over the next two weeks – FUN!
The continuing one-pagers from my sketchbook on our travels in Far North Queensland!!
Tune in tomorrow for the MAP! ooooooo
Well well well … I had 500 copies of The Long Weekend printed in March of this year … my initial thoughts was, well that should keep me going for about 2 years or so, its such an obscure book that it’ll be a slow-burner at best.
But then I sold out in 2 months.
Which took me somewhat by surprise … a GOOD surprise … but a surprise nonetheless.
So I have now printed 1000 copies for the second print-run, again at a Hobart-based printer (gotta keep printing skills in the local neighbourhood, less and less books are being printed in our local community which is really sad). This time, it’ll be sent to some bookstores, rather than sell them just myself at booklaunches and whatnot so perhaps a different buncha people will get to the books, hope so!
Recent Media reviews and spots from June/July 2013
Australian Newspaper Review Magazine
Readings Boostore – review ComicOz review
Warp Magazine – Tasmania
Older Media stuff
A really beautifully written review at Alice Springs News
The Comic Spot interview
Alice Online article
Thursday night last week I flew like crazy from Hobart to Melbourne, jumped in a taxi with a funny driver to Readings where I met my parents, my brother, Bernard Caleo, Peter Foster and Sue and wolfed down a pizza at Trotters before running across the street to have a booklaunch – here’s Bernard in his white suit.
Here’s Bernard holding up a fine book that he is spruiking with all his mighty might
Here is an engaged and wrapt audience of book-devourers
And here is me, a touch nervous … but doing a better job than I did in Alice Springs.
Booklaunch in Melbourne – done!
On Saturday the 11th of May – Craig San Roque joined Josh Santospirito for a bit of a chat with some interested people about things to do with the comic.
Interestingly enough – about 30 people showed up … which was pretty awesome. Here’s some photos by Nadine Kessler.