On January 1st, this year, I invited 100 Australian artists and cartoonists (50 male, 50 female) to voluntarily contribute to a new comic book anthology that Comicoz planned to release to benefit beyondblue. The final deadline for entries is in two days time. As preparation for the hardcover book soon begins, it is with great pleasure that I announce the title of the book:
Yes, as simple as that! I won't release the names of the contributors to the volume just yet, although it gives me great pleasure to announce that the cover will be illustrated by Lesley Vamos. More details later in the week!
...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.