Could this just end up being the worst news possible? On Friday I received an email from my book distributor, Dennis Jones & Associates, to inform me that they are going into voluntary liquidation. I admit being stunned. They had only just agreed to carry Bold Ben Hall, Trundle, The Men Behind Superman and the work-still-in-progress, From Sunbeams. And had let me know that any book I publish, they would be interested in getting into bookstores around Australia.
Of course, the first thing I had to do was to let all the creative personnel involved know. The second thing was to work out where to go from here!
Following that, the most important thing is to share those future plans with my loyal readers and supporters (you!). Which is why I am writing today. Although tentative plans for publishing future books might be temporarily placed in limbo, I plan to go ahead with the plans to publish From SUNBEAMS by Graeme Cliffe. The book is just too important to be let go.
As a sign of that commitment, Designer Ryan McDonald-Smith and I have been in conversation this very morning, and we are - yet again! - working on the author's corrections to the text draft this weekend. The book will be printed. The book needs to be published. Seeking out another Distributor will be one option, keeping you informed is another: Stay Tuned!
...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.