I wouldn't want anyone to think that Oi Oi Oi! is the only show in town, because outside of the Comicoz Office there is a lot going on in the world of Australian cartooning, and it is about time I shared some of those happenings with you. For starters, there is the Rotary Cartoon Awards, now in its 26th year, being held in the beautiful city of Coffs Harbour. The Awards are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour and various other community organisations with the aim of promoting Australian Cartooning and The Bunker Cartoon Gallery, presently the only gallery that regularly shows and promotes Australian Cartoonists and Artists.
The really good news is that the Competition is still running and that there are many cash prizes to be won: over $8000 in total prize money in fact. Cartoonists do not have to be a Member of Rotary to enter. The only qualification is that you are an Australian Citizen or Resident and are over the age of 18. You don't even have to be a professional cartoonist, all you need is an ability to draw a cartoon. How easy is that?!
The competition does not close until August 22nd, so there is still plenty of time to get your cartoons in! The categories (and you are not limited to entering only one) are:
So, what are you waiting for?! Full details, Rules and Conditions, and the most important Entry Form can all be found by clicking on this link here. The Award Ceremony is held in Coffs Harbour on September 20th, and the details about that are found here (below)...
...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.