Am I glutton for punishment? I have now so MANY comic-related projects on the go at the moment, I don't know where I am!....But perhaps I'll talk about them another day! First up, instead, let's talk about a couple of Festivals around the country that Comicoz is going to take part in....
The first will be the Hungry For Art Festival run by the City of Ryde, with pop-up stalls run by the Australian Cartoonists' Association next Saturday May 9th and on May 24th. 10% of all sales of products sold on the day will benefit Foodbank NSW and ACT. Among the many participants will be Comicoz favourite Rob Feldman, selling his funny Comicoz book Cartoons, Comics and Cows in Cars...and other paraphernalia, I'm sure! If you ask nicely he may even autograph his book for free! For more details about the Festival, click here. If you want to go and see what's on offer, then head on to Top Ryde City Shopping Centre (that's on the corner of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road in Ryde) between the hours of 10 am to 5 pm on the 24th (and to 3 pm on the 9th).
The second Festival will be at the 20th Annual Childers Festival on the weekend of July 25th and 26th. Childers is a small Queensland town, about two and a half hours drive north of Noosa (on the Sunshine Coast). Click here for details about the Festival. Within the Festival, will be Copier Jam! a curated exhibition of 'small press publications, zines and independent comics and original art'. Comicoz is being featured as 'a publisher and supporter of Australian comics'. The Exhibition will feature some of the artwork from Issues 1 and 2 of Oi Oi Oi!
Comicoz will be publishing a special commemorative edition of Oi Oi Oi! (and numbered #5) to coincide with the Festival. This Issue will NOT be available on the newsagents' stands (although many comic shops around Australia may stock it). The best way to ensure you don't miss this Issue is to subscribe...or just come along to the Childers Festival! And make sure you say "Hullo!"....
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.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books