Adaptations, comics, cultures - adapting an essay into comics

Writers' Centre Event

Thu, 20/02/2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Gold coin door donation

Salamanca Arts Centre Meeting Room, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is an award-winning graphic novel adapted by Tasmanian artist Joshua Santospirito from a complex but beautiful academic essay by Alice Springs-based psychologist Craig San Roque. Published in 2013, and originally launched at the Tasmanian Writers Festival, it has sold remarkably well since then and looks set to develop a cult following across Australia.

Joshua Santospirito will give a one hour presentation of the trials and tribulations of adapting prose into the medium of comics, the mechanics of both mediums and the the headaches involved. This fun presentation should prove interesting to those interested in any medium or artform. It will also be presented at the Wordstorm festival in Darwin in May/June.

All welcome - particularly writers of any medium

Presented by Twitch and with the assistance of the Tasmanian Writers Centre

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is available in Hobart at Fullers and the Hobart Bookshop and online here.

ALSO - Look out for the exhibition of the original art from the graphic novel in August at the Top Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre.

Praise for The Long Weekend in Alice Springs
"One of the most outstanding graphic novels ever produced in Australia. Speaks to our cultural identity in ways like no other book I’ve read." - The Comic Spot
a thrilling piece of narrative art” - Ronnie Scott for The Australian Review

Joshua Santospirito grew up in suburban Melbourne and has lived in a few different places. He is a mental health nurse, writer, comics-maker, muso and veggie patch dweller who lives in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife Nadine. When he was very young he wanted to make comics for a living. When he grew up he forgot all about that and became a nurse. Then whilst he was casting about trying to understand the complex world he found himself in he rediscovered comics as way of articulating difficult issues. Since then he hasn’t looked back ... much.