About time I posted an entry, don't you think? Today I want to talk about an Australian Comics Anthology well worth supporting. A few months ago I recorded my surprise in finding an Australian Graphic novel-come-Anthology in a local Op-Shop. I promised you I would inform you if I had any further news.... So, breathe easy, dear Reader...!
Through conversations with Trevor Weeks, I am happy to share with you that there is a Second Volume of artistic brilliance from the team known as the Graphic Novel Collective coming from the University of Newcastle. To your left, is a copy of the magnificent cover artwork, illustrated by Trevor.
Now let me tell you how much of an improvement I feel the Second Volume is to the First. The size of the second edition is the same as the first, although the second boasts eight more pages in this new Volume (a total of 104 pages). But more that that - while the first Volume came well printed in black and white, this new Volume comes magnificently printed in glorious full colour, making much of the artists' internal artwork even more vibrant!
Of the seven artists who worked on stories for the First Volume, five returned to write and illustrate stories for this new Volume (and two newcomers entered the Collective). I particularly thought Fiona Tsang's work had improved in the year since the last collection, and newcomer John Hocking's work was impressive. Without meaning to be mean, I found Tallulah Cunningham's artwork seemed a little too 'muddy' with the colouring on occasion this time, compared to Tallulah's wonderful penmanship in Volume One (although both stories engaged me). I personally - and I suppose this is a very subjective thing - like Roger Quinn's overall artistic style; although of his contributions, my preference was for his inventive storytelling in the First Volume. One thing that made the Second Volume work better as a co-hesive whole, was the introduction of a theme to the volume. Although I'm sure that some of the writer/artists may have felt pressured with this limitation place on them, I thought it still lead to a good variety of stories that left me, as a Reader, satisfied.
I commend the work of the University of Newcastle for continuing this publishing venture. Special praise, too, should go to the Editors, Roger Quinn and Trevor Weeks. Besides both contributing stories/artworks to both Volumes, said gents are also Lecturers at the University! Don't you wish you had studied there??! I do!
And Now the Really Good News!! Trevor has told me that 'Pictures Without Words' is the planned Third Volume from the Scribbles Graphic Novel Collective! Contributions are due in at the end of July, with about 15 writer-artists already considering contributing to this year's annual.... If you are interested in obtaining a copy of 2011's Second Volume, 'Stories from the Garden' (as pictured above) please send a $15.95 money order made out to Trevor Weeks. Thats's $12.95 for the Volume plus $3.00 for postage and packing, which is an Absolute Bargain!
Then send your order to: Trevor Weeks, Co-Editor SCRIBBLE Comics Collective,
Care of: The School of Design Communication and I.T.
Faculty of Science and I.T.
Univeristy of Newcastle
New South Wales
And please let Trevor know you read about it here at the COMICOZ website!
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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.