There is NOTHING in this Blog entry about comics and there is NOTHING quite like going to visit Family to recharge the batteries when they are feeling somewhat depleted. I have made no entries on this Comicoz Web-Blog for some time now (as you may or may not have noticed!). I shall post an entry here (sooner but most likely later) about my thoughts on the Gold Coast and Melbourne Supanova Experience. In short, there were lows and highs, but I have not said too much about it. But I shall.
In the meantime, Carlene and I are in Cairns (that's north Queensland, for those not in the know). Little Miss Two is turning Three tomorrow, and we would be really remiss as Grand-parents if we missed that milestone, wouldn't you agree? Not that it is easy catching up with everyone's birthdays these days...with ten grandchildren scattered around the country, we can't really get to EVERYONE! But we have decided to come for this one....
We are staying at my sister Rose's place. Rose is what is termed in the Art Community as an "Emerging Artist". I am not sure what this means. It is not as if she has appeared from the back of her lounge suite last week. In fact, I have known her all her life, and she has always been into Art. It just these days she is more active in the scene than she used to be. You can read all about her here.
But much as I would like to talk about my sister Rose, and no matter how she tries to bribe me to talk about her, I shall resist! As a few artists and cartoonists occasionally read my Blog (and maybe you are one?), I thought I should tell you about an Art Exhibition and Award that my sister is organising in Cairns. International, national and regional artists will be in the running to receive awards from a prize pool of at least $5000. Why not enter yourself? You can see the 'Call for Entries' above. And you can find more details about it by clicking here.
This year the push is for innovation and unusual print media alongside the more traditional and technical forms of the genre. Cartoonists who have created original artwork can produce an edition of their artwork on a digital printer and submit the works for selection in the Exhibition. So get PRINTING!
The above is a Community Event attached to the Exhibition. Giant Images created collaboratively by Primary, Secondary and University students will be printed by the local Rugby Union team and their Rugby Scrum Machine. Rose says it is "Fun for everyone else and a organisational challenge for me". A bit like publishing comics, really. And I will return to the comics theme next time, when normal service will be resumed....
...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.