Life appears to be moving ever-faster, and I don't think I am catching up, let alone catching my breath. Since I last wrote on this blog, Dillon Naylor's new book (Batrisha and the Creepy Caretaker) has arrived, and all Kickstarter supporters have had their rewards posted to them. The book is also available now in all good Australian bookstores. If you can't find a copy, hustle your local bookstore and suggest they get copies in from Novella Distribution. Or, if you'd rather, click here to be directed to the Comicoz bookstore to have your copy sent to you (with a bonus copy of the limited edition copy of "Batrisha the Vampire Girl: Ze Collected Comics, Volume One").
Yes, for the first time in ... can it be?! ... seven years .... I have published a new comic. Well, co-produced, at any rate. Dillon Naylor (as Cowtown Comics) and myself (as Comicoz) worked together on this one. It reproduces some of the original Batrisha comics, in consecutive order, as they first appeared in the children's magazine K-Zone over twenty years ago.
In the past month, I was also able to attend the Rotary Cartoon Awards* at the National Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour ... bunking down with the Rev Ian Jones, creator of the Bushy Tails comic strip.
...and the Australian Cartoonists Association's informal Stanly Awards...the 37th, the day after (also in Coffs Harbour). The recipients were:
Book Illustrator: Judy Nadin
Caricaturist: Judy Nadin
Comic Book Artist (please excuse me as I expand on this one, you know I am passionate about comic books!): Finalists: Gary Chaloner, Eleri Harris, Glenn Lumsden, Paul Mason, Stuart McMillen
Recipient: Glenn Lumsden.
Comic Strip: Jason Chatfield, Gary Clark, Ian Jones, Tony Lopes, Al Rose
I was really hoping Ian Jones would win this one, this year, to break the Gary Clark-Tony Lopes domination of the last ... um, many years. Still it was not to be...
Recipient: Tony Lopes.
At least Ian can say (and did say) that he's been a finalist for the past seven years in a row...
Editorial/Political Cartoonist: Mark Knight.
Event Cartoonist: Paul Harvey.
Illustrator: David Rowe.
Single Gag Cartoonist: Peter Player.
Jim Russell Award: Kaz Cooke.
Cartoonist of the Year (the "Golden Stanley")....
And the Finalists were: Paul Harvey, Mark Knight, Judy Nadin, David Pope, David Rowe, Cathy WIlcox.
Recipient of the Cartoonist of the Year: Cathy Wilcox
...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.