You sought feedback about your 'new-look comics and puzzle pages' in today's newspaper and I must initially declare that I have no interest in the puzzle section and shall refrain from comment. However, the comics are a different matter....
The Comic Strip remains the medium that transcends all demographics: it is enjoyed by both sexes, young and old, rich and poor, and has a world-wide history now over 100 years old. How wonderful it remains a daily staple of our Courier-Mail reading habit!
How sad, then, that the total number of comic strips have decreased from ten to eight. On the positive, I must applaud the increase in the number of Australian strips (from two to three), although I personally feel both "Ginger Meggs" and "Snake" are tired and dated (with no disrespect to their creators). I am disappointed too, that two of the strips axed ("Beyond the Black Stump" and "Swamp") were both created here in Queensland. Surely this goes against the grain of your recent promotional push that the "Courier-Mail is All for Queensland"??
...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.