This year, I've been going to a few different Festivals to get the Comicoz message out there. In fact, so many, I seem to have run out of time in one way or another, to have them all recorded on this Blog. (Although, those of you who read my Facebook postings, will have been kept reasonably up to date.) Rather than tagging on the coat-tails of my beloved Australian Cartoonists' Association as I have in the past, I have actually paid to be at Festivals in my own name this year. In some way, it has allowed a greater number of people to see the books and comics I have published over the years.
Next Sunday, is the most public of all Events that I will be involved in, along with another 32 other participants... Comicstreet. For public exposure, I don't think you can get any higher amount of public traffic than in Brisbane's Central Business District's Queen Street Mall. Here's a map of where to find me (Table 30, on the Stage), as well as a list of everyone else appearing between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
I had planned on releasing a Media Release to shout about my excited involvement in the Event, because I am also releasing the first copies of Issue #8 of OI OI OI! (with the fabulous Frantz Kantor cover) to the general public, but the last few days have seen me hit hard with the Flu and I have done nothing except slept in bed. As a result, Subscriber (and artists') copies that were supposed to be posted this week have been a little delayed, and my plans to broadcast the information to the world have fallen flat. Still, I am grateful that I am feeling better, and that I am alive to work on subsequent issues and other comic activities in the weeks ahead...
...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.