Many thanks to Frances Whiting for writing the article and Tara Croser who took our photographs!
I'll see if a more reader-friendly post can appear in the days to come!
Just before tomorrow's article appears in the Brisbane Courier-Mail, I thought I would just show you, dear reader, how Novella Distribution, is promoting my Comicoz books (see below). Great work, Rowena, Georgina and Team! Of course, readers of this blog know how to obtain copies: simply hit the "Store! Order Here!" tab above to be transported to all the titles, including Graeme Cliffe's latest From 'Sunbeams' to Sunset: The Rise and Fall of the Australian Comic (1924 to 1965).
Yesterday, I completed an interview with Frances Whiting, a journalist from Brisbane's Courier-Mail. As part of the exercise, I was asked to name my five favourite Australian comic or comic-strip artists/cartoonists. An impossible task! I told Frances it was like naming my favourite child...and then, after we finished our conversation, I told her I would probably want to change my mind and add someone to the list (and then have to take someone off the list). Still, not being one to shirk my responsibilities, here are the five I shared....
1. John Dixon
2. Syd Miller
3. Gary Clark
4. Monty Wedd
5. Eric Jolliffee
There's no guarantee that the list would appear in the article, she told me, but we'll see when her story appears in the newspaper...next Saturday!
I can't say I really knew Australian cartoonist Paul Harris. I mean, I don't know if he had children or was married, or liked Aussie Rules football, because, well, I never met the guy. But, you know through his comics and cartoons, he was a descent bloke. From his stories, you knew he was a deep thinker and had a sense of humour.
I have learnt today that he recently passed away. Fellow cartoonist Ian C Thomas posted the news on Facebook. A great shame. In 1985, He sent me a comic story* for the next issue of Oi Oi Oi! Whenever that was going to be. He illustrated a story written by Ian for my Australia! book. I thought today I would share how he thought of himself back in the day. Rest easy, Paul. I'm going to think of you fondly today, even if I didn't know you as well as I would have liked to have....
*I'm not sure if I should share that comic story here, even if Paul did send it to me to publish. Perhaps just one page?
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