Alexander Stitt was a graphic designer whose contribution to Australian cultural life cannot be underestimated. How many Australian can say the public health campaigns of “Slip Slop Slap” and “Life Be In It” are not engraved in their subconscious? Not many, I’d wager. Alex’s work is an example of how art, whether in the form of comics or graphic design, are a part of our cultural heritage. I’m sad to report that Alex has just recently left us, leaving Australia a lot sadder a place.
Only this week, I completed the Editing of the Australian Cartoonists' Association's Journal Inkspot. A little too late to place an obituary in this latest issue, but one that we shall have to pen for the next issue. Alex was much loved by our Membership, and I'd like to publically pass on my condolences to his loved ones.
In 2011, the Australian Cartoonists' Association had it's annual Convention and Award Night, with Alex Stitt one of the guest speakers. This year's get-together is taking place in Sydney on November 11 and 12. Are you interested in coming along? Let me know! Alex may not be there, but there will be other fantastic cartoonists and to meet and get to know...
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