There's nothing quite like a braggart, is there? I normally dispise people who boast! But, for once, I feel I have reason to! My comic-book, Truth, Justice and the American Dream: The Men Behind Superman won the Gold Ledger at the Ledger Awards in Sydney last Friday. These annual awards "acknowledge excellence in Australian comic books and graphic novels", and it is great to see Thomas Campi's artwork (along with Julian Voloj's story, Ryan McDonald-Smith's design and my publishing) receive that acclaim. It really was a team effort. I could talk more about the night -- and perhaps I will in another post -- but for now, here's a picture of Thomas and I celebrating at the post-ceremony function....
I am heading off to Sydney for the Ledger Awards on Friday night, so updates on From 'Sunbeams' to Sunset: The Rise and Fall of the Australian Comic Book (1924 to 1965) will be delayed until my return to Queensland. In the meantime, here's the latest development in the preparation of the books: they are now loaded on pallets and just about ready to ship! Stay tuned!
Here are the latest photographs from the printer of Graeme Cliffe's book From 'Sunbeams' to Sunset: The Rise and Fall of the Australian Comic Book. It really can't be too long until I announce that the shipment has arrived (these picture show the drying process following the print job). Remember, you are going to read about it here, on this web-site FIRST!
In the meantime, with more good news, my internet is now working! (Hoo-RAY!) This means anyone who has emailed me in the past month (plus a few days) will be hearing from me ... as soon as I can. I see I have about 2000 unanswered/unopened emails to date, so as you can imagine, this will take a little time to get through ....!
Other potentially good news: While at Supanova (on the Gold Coast) I was given a lead on a book distributor that I soon plan to follow up on. The fact they are local (that is, in the south-east corner of Queensland) would just be an added bonus! I'll keep you in the loop to see if they would be willing to carry one (or many!) of Comicoz' books, if you promise to keep your fingers crossed for me....!
Sadly, lately I have to report that I have been having a lot of difficulties with my internet provider (who blames the NBN) and my NBN (who blames my internet provider). This means, in essence, I have no internet, no Facebook presence and no ability to use Messenger! This also means, I have not been able to prepare the 'From SUNBEAMS' book for an upcoming Kickstarter project as I had hoped. Yes, like the 'good old days' before computers -- I don't think! I am only managing to do this posting due to the generosity of mates Barney and Gordon (thanks, blokes)!
NOT to say that in the meantime things have not been happening: the book is going to be featured in an upcoming issue of Previews (the magazine that comic retailers around the world use to place their comic and comic-related product orders). And the production of the book continues! Here's proof:
I appeared at the Melbourne Supanova Comic and Popular Culture show last Sunday, and I plan to be at the Gold Coast's event this coming weekend... with a proof copy of the book!
And comic events do not stop simply because my computer doesn't work! The Ledger Awards, celebrating 'excellence in Australian comic art and publishing', takes place in Sydney later this month on 26 April, at the State Library of New South Wales. Why not come along and celebrate all that is great in Australian comics? It's a free event! And look who's on the Short List! Here are all the details: http://ledgerawards.org/ I hope to see you there!
(And I hope by then my computer and internet will be working.....)
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