Joshua Santospirito is a graphic novelist, an artist, a musician and a writer who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. He enjoys sitting on his couch and avoiding making art, music or writing.
Josh grew up in suburban Melbourne and has also lived in Sydney and Alice Springs. His music, writing and art is often concerned with place and identity and other interesting things like that. He has worked in mental health as a nurse for over fourteen years in Central Australian Aboriginal communities and in Hobart.
Josh’s comics and art have been published in magazines such as The Monthly, Meanjin and Island. His popular and critically acclaimed first graphic novel, The Long Weekend in Alice Springs was published in 2013 and it was awarded the Chief Minister’s Northern Territory Read Non Fiction Book Award, the ComicOz Award and was shortlisted for the Ledger Awards. The Long Weekend enjoyed a major review in The Australian and continues to sell well today. It is currently in its fourth printing. In 2015 Swallows Part One was published, a graphic novel investigating his family history since migrating to Australia from Italy. Swallows was also shortlisted for a Ledger Award and was reviewed on Radio National. Swallows Part Two is slated for publication in late 2019.
In 2013 Josh started San Kessto Publications together with Nadine Kessler to publish art/design books, zines and graphic novels. In the years 2014-2016 he was the creator and co-Directeur of Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival ; an annual comics and illustrator’s festival in Hobart, Tasmania. Josh has run the Small Press Zine Fair in Hobart since 2014. Along with artist Matt Warren he curates Sound Klub: a series of underground experimental music performance nights based in Hobart.
Santospirito has performed strange and beautiful music since 2005 under the name Drive West Today. He played at various Australian festivals, including MOFOs, Wide Open Space, and played concerts all over Australia and Europe.
Organisations / Associations
Sound Klub (with Matt Warren)
The Small Press Zine Fair
Media, reviews and interesting links
2014 The Space Between Us, by Kieran Finnane
2014 Sawtooth Review article on Sleuth: The Delegation
2014 The fertile space between us, by Kieran Finnane – Nov 2014
2014 Beautiful review of Fluid Prejudice in the Lifted Brow by Leonie Brialey
2014 NT Read Non-Fiction Book Award, May 2014
2014 Kieran Finnane writes on What I’m Reading for the Meanjin blog
2014 ComicOz Award for Best Australian Original Comic Book for 2013
2014 David Nixon’s post on ABC Open
2013 Jonathon Shaw’s review
2013 Charlie Ward’s blog review – “The Long Weekend”
2013 The Australian Newspaper major review of “The Long Weekend”
2013 Readings Bookstore – review of “The Long Weekend”
2013 ComicOz review of “The Long Weekend”
2013 Review from the Alice Springs News of “The Long Weekend”
2013 Alice Online article about “The Long Weekend”
2013 Podcast from the Comic Spot – interview with Josh Santospirito
2012 Framed Magazine interview about “The Long Weekend”