In days gone by, I used to think the number of comics on display on the Australian newsagency stands was a good indication of the health of the local comics book industry. And, for any casual newsagency browser (and I count myself as one), one would think that the local industry is in relatively poor shape. What has been out there on the stands in the past 12 months? Sorab Del Rio's ZORRO (Issues One and Two) and GALLIPOLI: The Landing, with Jason Paulos' EEK! making an occasional appearance (as published by Black House Comics)...
But what erronous thinking! It is only within the past twelve months that I have come to realise that there is a wonderful array of Australian comics activity going on all around the country. I have so many local Aussie comics to read and review - and most of them high class, quality products - that I have not had time to mention them all here... Most of them are found on social media networks like Facebook, or found by word of mouth between Fans, or some I just happen to find by accident...!
In the coming month, Carlene and I are moving to a bigger home. We have six children, and our ninth grandchild is due to be born in November... Time is now being taken up packing all my comics, books, CDs, LPs, and the wonderful array of other clutter I keep in my life! So, I trust you will excuse me if I do not write a Blog entry or assess a book or comic in the coming month. It certainly is NOT from lack of material to read, I can tell you...!
When I can, I shall rave about the local Aussie Comics and Books out there....things like the books on Alex Stitt and Captain Goodvibes, and a wonderful comics anthology called Kinds of Blue. Comics like Jackie Ryan's Burger Force, and the high-quality offerings from Gestalt Comics. My thoughts on Pat Grant's Blue and Bruce Mutard's works.... Even, a little closer to home, sharing some frustrating events in the life of Comicoz... But, in the meantime, I have some packing to attend to!
...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.