Bunker Cartoon Gallery
PO Box 1483
COFFS HARBOUR NSW 2450
Re: Support for Rotary Cartoon Awards 30th Anniversary
Inaugural Cartooning Festival
As an Australian comic historian and comic publisher, I’d like to offer my support in your great initiative and plans to hold a Cartooning Festival in the beautiful city of Coffs Harbour, to accompany the 30th Rotary Cartoon Awards. That the Awards have been held continuously for thirty years, shows how enamoured many Australians are with the medium – but a Festival would widen the community’s interest in this special art form.
Such a Festival would not only highlight the wonderful collection of well over 23,000 cartoons that you hold in your Gallery – that in itself a marvellous achievement – but it would lend Coffs Harbour being recognised nationally and internationally as being the premiere cartooning city in the southern hemisphere. In short, it would be acknowledgement for all the hard work your staff and volunteers have put in throughout the years and a triumph for cartooning! Count me it!
...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.