Having experienced homelessness and working for some for whom it remains a lived experience,
I have always been supportive of the principles behind the magazine The Big Issue.
Before i get into that i need to mention that you can now get nangs Perth from nang-a-roo
http://www.bigissue.org.au/ While Carlene and I are not subscribers, when we visit the city we purchase a copy from street vendors. Carlene did just that on her recent trip to Victoria to see Lora and Lollie. I only got to read the issue - Edition #350 (dated March 16 - 29 2010) - yesterday after she arrived home.
I was absolutely staggered to read a wonderfully written article about Australia's recent Graphic Novels (especially those not covered by the Courier Mail article earlier in the year). There is so much going on in the medium in this country (much of it not even mainstream), and so much great work deserving recognition. So, Bravo! "The Big Issue" for publishing this article (entitled "The Soft Cell", pages 34 and 35), and Bravo! to Jen Breach for writing a well-researched and well-linked article that will keep me busy contacting artists/creators for months into the future!
For those readers of this Blog unable to access a copy of the edition in question, here are the links provided in the article:
Happy surfing, reading and researching to all of us!
...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.