The Inaugural Australian Comic Arts Festival (ACAF) will be held in Canberra on 20-21 February 2016 at the Canberra Novotel. It is a two day celebration of comics, graphic novels, artists, authors, publishers, colourists, inkers, letterers and all things comics.
Saturday will feature a series of workshops, panels and classes, finishing up with drinks and a book launch or two.
Sunday will see a traditional artists alley, panel sessions, portfolio assessments, topical musical performances and much, much more!
Well, the Great News is that I have been invited to speak on a panel about Distribution: a great honour indeed! I will join Bruce Mutard and Mal Briggs of Impact Comics (and others?) on stage...
I have managed to secure time off work: I finish on the Friday night (meaning: I get home about 11.30 p,m, or 2300 hr nurses' time) and then catch the first (5.00 a.m. or 0500 hr) Saturday flight to Canberra (via Sydney!), get picked up at the airport and then straight into a Panel Discussion! (*whew!*)
So, if you can get on down and join for a bit of History... this is the FIRST event of its kind in this country... come and say 'Hullo!' to me!! I am excited and really looking forward to it!
Want to know more? Here's a useful link to the weekend's program, if you click here.
...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.