I was first introduced to Rob Feldman's cartooning style at the 2011 Australian Cartoonists' Association's annual workshop when he (a little reluctantly or maybe nervously) produced a sample of his work: a photocopied A4 piece of pager folded in half to produce a four-page comic sample. I was immediately struck by his free-wheeling style that appeared fully-realised, as well as his odd-ball sense of humour and play with words. This, I thought, is a cartoonist that needs to be encouraged, nurtured and published!
The publishing of Rob Feldman's work is a new direction for Comicoz: it is the first time allowing a cartoonist complete artistic freedom in his creative pursuits. Absolutely no editorial direction nor influence (even to the point of dictating the eventual page count) has been put in place. As I have recorded elsewhere, I have not even read what Rob has produced so far! But he has decided on a title and designed the cover (see left). To whet my appetite, he has shared a couple of pages from the book, and it would be remiss of me if I did not share them with you here (see below).
If you like this humour based on what you have read here, I strongly urge you to be Rewarded with a copy of his book (and maybe a couple of others!) by assisting our Pozible Campaign (click here) with a $35 or $95 Pledge..... I doubt you will be disappointed.
...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.