Way back on January 1st (this year), I wrote an email to 100 Australian artists and cartoonists, asking them if they would be interested in contributing to a comic anthology without reward. (I know that that would turn many off: most, understandably, would prefer paying jobs.) They were given a June 30 deadline to send in submissions. There are just over three weeks until the deadline closes, so I thought I would publicly announce these plans now. All contributors (50 male and 50 female) were invited to include a maximum of five pages in the volume with the theme of "Australia". The works are to be collated in a hardback book, with all proceeds from all sales going to a charity of my choice. After some negotiations, I am pleased to announce that all funds raised will go to beyondblue
As some of you know (and many of you don't) my daughter is presently receiving some on-going mental health input after a trauma in February. Even in my day to day work (as a Mental Health Nurse in a major Brisbane Hospital's Emergency Department), I sometimes come in contact people who work for this organisation. I am more than satisfied with my choice of charity to benefit from the sale of this book.
But do you know what? I have not come up with an idea for a name of the book! I welcome your input in coming up with a name and helping me out here... Please leave all thoughts in the Comments section of this blog.
...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.