I have talked about The Bunker Cartoon Galleryin a previous posting, but 'for those who come in late' (as they say in the classics), the Bunker Cartoon Gallery is Australia's first and only dedicated black and white cartoon art gallery. It is housed in an underground World War II bunker that has been converted into a contemporary exhibition space.
Shame Shame!! For all my passionate support of all things Australian, especially all things Australian COMIC-related, I must confess to you - I have never visited the Bunker. It is only about 5 hours drive south of Brisbane (in Coffs Harbour), so I really have no excuse for not having visited...
Shame Shame!! For all the Bunker's thousands upon thousands of original Australian Cartoon Art within its collection, it doesn't have one piece of original John Dixon artwork....
All of this is going to change next Saturday! Carlene and I are driving down to Coffs Harbour with the express intention of seeing the Bunker Cartoon Gallery for the very first time - and donating a couple of Original John Dixon Air Hawk strips to the Gallery into the bargain! So now every Australian can view the original artwork of one of our Greatest Adventure Strip Artists in the comfort of this Gallery. And now no-one has any excuses not to visit Coff Harbour's Bunker Cartoon Gallery!
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.