So, you will be wondering: Who is TRUNDLE? Unless you were one of the readers of a couple of select Australian newspapers in the late 1980s, you will have no idea! However, now that I have more-or-less recovered from the Flu, I can tell you that it is likely to be the next book to be released by Comicoz! Neil Matterson is the Cartoonist, and Trundle is his most marvellous creation. It is a beautiful, gentle strip that did not -- in my opinion -- receive the wonderful accolades it really deserved in its day.
Neil has drawn so many comic strips in his Lifetime, among them: St Pips, It's A Baby!, The Shambles, High Tide. Neil has also has won much acclaim for his cartoons at the Australian Cartoonists Association's Annual Award Nights: winning Best Cartoon on the Night more often than any other cartoonist. Neil is a modest man, so he will cringe with embarrassment when I share with you right now the number of times he has won the Award. In fact, Neil has won the Award in every decade since they began! 1988, 1990, 1999, 2009, and I do believe he is planning on winning again this November.
However, in my opinion, for all Neil's Awards and success with his other strips, none were more deserving of an Award, none were more challenging creatively, none more gentle and endearing than this feature. Trundle was a pantomime comic strip. I could talk to you about it for a good ten more paragraphs...but I won't. I know you have things to do.
This book carries most of the strips that were published in the fourteen months this feature ran. The book will also carry some previously unpublished strips that have never before seen print, and will appear here for the very first time. This is a book for readers of all ages. I am telling you now, because I am excited about this book. I am going to be preparing it for the printer this coming week. I am going to give this book to all of my grandchildren, and I want to share the news of this beautiful work with you too....
...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.