While I am busily preparing Comicoz' books John Dixon's Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor (Volumes One and Two) and Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd ready for the Gold Coast and Melbourne Supanova Conventions, you might like to take a look at this clip from You Tube.
Carol Tilley is a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois. She was one of the first people to be given access to the leader of the 1950s anti-comic movement, Dr Frederic Wertham's research notes and manuscript drafts. Carol's research has found that Wertham's research was flawed: his conclusions lacked supporting scientific evidence for his conclusions and he even fabricated some of his data.
Tilley champions the use of comic books in classrooms and libraries with a mission of getting kids to read. And surely this is an honourable position to take! If you have time (the clip goes for more than 20 minutes!) have a look! This is a fascinating short documentary.
My thanks to former Air Hawk artist, Paul Power, for bringing it to my attention!
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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.