The latest INKSPOT has arrived via courier, and copies are being sent throughout this wide land. And a lot of interest has been generated by its lead topic ... The Phantom. Inside this issue there are exclusive stories -- a short history of Frew Publications, as detailed by Australian comic historian Daniel Best, leads us to Frew Publisher Glenn Ford opening up about some of the future plans he has in store for his new charge. Phantom cover artist Antonio Lemos talks about his background history, and there is an overview of the Phantom exhibition presently travelling here and overseas!
Of course, there are other stories too! Comic book artist Dave Dye talks about his creative process, and there is an interview with Martina Zeitler. Because the magazine is published by the Australian Cartoonists' Association, there are six pages of new cartoons by members on the specially chosen topic of "Space and Aliens". Our organisation is a dynamic one, and sad things happen too, so there is a report on the deaths of some from our organisation since the last issue went to press. How much do you know about these cartoonists: Bill Leak, Edd Aragon, Alex Stitt and Clem Seale? We mourn their passing.
This issue may prove to be the most popular issue of all. How can you get to read a copy? Usually, the best place to obtain a copy is by becoming a (full or associate) member of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, and details about joining appear on one of the internal pages of this issue. However, for the very first time, this edition was also made available to Libraries around the country. Many Librarians in New South Wales have taken up the offer and I thank them for their enthusiasm: see in the next week if your local library has a copy to read! Copies are being sent to:
Blacktown City Libraries
Blue Mountains Library
Broken Hill City Library
Castle Hill Library
Cobar Shire and TAFE Library
Coffs Harbour City Library
Coonamble Shire Library
Goulburn Mulwaree Library
Hilltops Council Library
Hornsby Shire Library
Lake Macquarie City Library
Mona Vale Library
Northern Beaches Council Library
Port Macquarie Library
Randwich City Library
Richmond-Upper Clarence Regional Library
Sutherland Shire Council Libraries
Wagga Wagga City Library
Wentworth Shire Libraries
Yass Valley Library
If YOUR library has missed out, get them to contact me!
Inkspot, for me, is an honour to edit. It does take a lot of my time. But the end results are worth it. This is the sixth issue I have now been involved in. Even Carlene thought this issue was the best yet! My thanks to all the contributors, and to my designer Chris Barr, and my fellow editor Phil Judd....the good men who work behind the scenes!
I have only just heard the news that Australian cartoonist Bill Leak has died (supposedly from a heart attack) this morning. My condolences to his family and loved ones. It's clear now what will be on the front cover of the next edition of the Australian Cartoonists' Association's Inkspot....
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.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books