Animator Yoram Gross was born in Poland on 18th October 1926 and passed away last Monday (21st September 2015) in Sydney. He was best known and internationally acclaimed for his many Australian-flavoured animated Feature films, including Dot and the Kangaroo. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of films that many of us grew up on. I have taken this interview from YouTube in hope it gets a larger audience. It has been viewed only thirteen times. Let us honour this fine creative person, who shared much about Australia to so many people around our world.
There is more than Football happening in Sydney at this time of the year. As an example...
Bruce told me in an email that "this exhibition is the biggest work I’ve put out into the public since The Sacrifice and it’s actually a comic, but it's one you walk through. There is no page one, so [you] start with whatever attracts you first and start reading. Go at your own pace, double back, move around the 3D panels, however you want. That’s the point of it in many ways.
"Yes, yes, the really big work I’ve been creating is the follow-up to The Sacrifice and it’s well under way, but the above is the culmination of more than 2 years study and research at Monash University for my Masters (done over more than 5 years). It’s one of the many reasons for the delay.
"So, it’d be great to see you at the opening night, or at one of many events I’ll be doing during Comic Con-versation over that week."
So there! Consider that your personal Invitation! Go and then tell me how good it was, and how I will wished I had gone, instead of yelling "Go Broncos!" in front of a television screen....!
Ah, the Footy Finals are here! Always an exciting time of year (especially if your team has made the finals)...
I have just received an email from someone asking me if I still have copies to sell of the first comic to carry the Comicoz logo on it: The Wally Lewis Story from 1992. I thought I would share here some of my reply to this person, and some of the history behind this rare and hard-to-find comic.
The Wally Lewis Story was a limited edition comic written (and Edited and Published) by myself and drawn by Joanne Applegate (now Brooker) in 1992. Only 500 copies were published. All were numbered, and all were supposed to be signed by Joanne and myself, but we had a falling out and Joanne refused to sign the copies. I have had limited contact with Joanne since then (mostly shared Facebook comments, where we have more recently became "Friends"), but we have not conversed in person or met since those days.
It was Joanne's first foray into comics, and it lead her to obtaining a job at (then) Queensland Newspapers. I remember being a little peeved off at Joanne at the time, because she used the project to obtain work, and wouldn't complete the Wally Lewis job because of this work (well, that's how I saw it then, and how I recollect it now). (To be fair, she may have been too busy to be able to afford the time to complete it in those days.) I think I was also disappointed with her lettering: I thought it looked too amateurish. (I ended up lettering most of it myself.) So these things caused so many delays in publishing the thing, to the point I eventually decided not to publish it straight away. Those were part of the reasons and the cause of our fall-out. I also suspect Joanne was hoping the cover would have been in colour. The printing was done a couple of years following the completion of the job, so the story (when it did see print) was a little old; Wally had retired, and he was no longer in the public eye. I simply printed it, because that is why we had done it; but it was not the mass produced product Joanne may have thought was going to take place a couple of years earlier. I remember picking up the copies from the printer and taking them around to the Queensland Newspapers offices (then in Bowen Hills) to give Joanne some copies. And to leave them for her to autograph. But she refused to come and meet me in the foyer, even thought the staff said she was there in the building....
Most copies have been given away, as very few were sold. Many were given away at a People for Peace concert I organised on the Redcliffe Peninsula in 1995, to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima. I have occasionally contemplated reprinting it; although I will have to locate Joanne in order to gain her permission to do so. Given the time that has passed, she may be more willing to do this now. I still think the story reads well, and the art is passable. Given the advances in printing technology, a colour cover would be a given: printing is so much cheaper these days too...
I am not bitter towards Joanne about it: there were a lot of things going on in my life at the time. It was the last comic I worked on as a creator; and the last comic I probably will ever work on with an artist. (Happy to be proven wrong on that count in the future!) At the time, I was moving away from the comic world (for reasons that are not important now). Since then, as you Dear Reader will know, I have gone on and published many more comics and comic-related books (by many other artists and cartoonists). Joanne, too, has gone on to bigger and better things: she won the Australian Cartoonist of the Year from the (then) Australian Black and White Artists' Club in 1999 and is a well-known and respected painter these days....
Script and Letters: Nat Karmichael; Art and Letters: Joanne Applegate (Brooker). These images have NOT been used with Joanne's permission, but I do hope she will not mind me reprinting them here for the purpose of the historical recollections. Happy, too, if she wants to add her view of our creative relationship (which I will gladly publish here, without censorship).
After a bout of Flu that didn't (fortunately) kill me, I am back and able to tell you all about comics that I am publishing, that others are publishing, and all that are deserving of your patronage. One that I highly recommend, and that I have subscribed to for the past two years, is the Minicomic of the Month Club. This initiative by Andrew Fulton is really straight forward. You hand over $32 (if you are in Australia or New Zealand; $48 if you live elsewhere), and each month for twelve months you are sent a small mini-comic that arrives in your letter box filled with goodness.
Next year's roster of artists have just been announced: Matt Emery, Tom Eccles, Ashley Ronning, Joshua Santospirito, Kathy Sarpi, Freda Chiu, Catriona Drummond, Jo Waite, Aaron Billings, David Blumenstein, Gemma Flack and Andrew Fulton. Okay, so some of them you don't know, and some of the submissions may not be to your taste. But the point is, you are exposing yourself (in the nicest possibly way) to some artists that are deserving of having your attention for at least a few minutes. The beauty of the process is that you will discover an artist or a story that you otherwise would not be aware of, and it may even touch you in unexpected ways. At least click here: http://minicomic.club/2015/ and consider your options. But hurry! The cut-off time to subscribe is the end of September, with the first mini-comic to arrive in your letterbox in early October....
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....
This weekend (RIGHT NOW, in fact!) it is all happening at The Edge, Southbank (near the Queensland State Library): ZICS! The Zine and Independent Comic Symposium, a two-day celebration of fabulous Australian Indie publishing. Click here for a link to tell you more...
And you know what?! Comicoz, or more specifically, Oi Oi Oi! had booked a table and was slated to appear. Putting a ki-bosh on the whole thing, after I returned from a brief week-long comic-free sojourn down in Bendigo, however, was the dreaded news that I was rostered to work four nights (in my paying job). You think that was bad enough? Two nights in, and I have come down bad with ....well, let's call it the "Man-Flu" again!
While I was visiting loved ones down south during that quick week, I was about the only one NOT to have an awful cough or runny nose...and wasn't I pretty smug bragging to all and sundry (as if they were listening!) that I was germ-free and healthy? Ah, doesn't pay to brag, does it? Now they can paying out on me!
Anyway, it is not all about me, me, me: it is all about ZICS, ZICS, ZICS and I would like to think that even if I am not well enough to go go go...you are! And I trust you can go and at least brag to me afterwards (by means of a Comment below) and tell me how great it was and how "you should have been there, because...."
Comicoz is proud to announce today the artists and cartoonists who have kindly contributed to Australia! the anthology of comic stories to benefit beyondblue:
Garrett Beisler, Andrez Bergen, Georgina Chadderton, Benjamin Constantine, Julie Ditrich, Dave Dye, Pete Fairfax, Rob Feldman, Adi Firth, Greg Gates, Paul Harris, Owen Heitmann, Dave Hodson, Glenn Lumsden, Paul Mason, Tim McEwen, Michael Michalandos, Dillon Naylor, Mandy Ord, Rose Rigley, Virginia Rooke, Haylee Snook, Ian Thomas, Don Ticchio, Chris Wahl, Andrew Weldon, Lesley Vamos, Dani Vittz, and Danny Zemp.
Dear Mr Nat Karmichael,
My name is Garrett Beisler and I draw cartoons. Over the past six years I have been working on a cartoon strip called "Chris and Dave". "Chris and Dave" is inspired by classic slapstick comedy such as "Looney Tunes" and "The Three Stooges".
I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and I have recently been diagnosed with a schizotypical disorder. Drawing cartoons helps me calm down.
I would love the opportunity to feature one of my cartoons in your new comic anthology "OiOiOi!".
I have enclosed a selection of my cartoons for your consideration and please also have a look at my Blog: chrisanddavecartoon.blogspot.com
On January 1st, this year, I invited 100 Australian artists and cartoonists (50 male, 50 female) to voluntarily contribute to a new comic book anthology that Comicoz planned to release to benefit beyondblue. The final deadline for entries is in two days time. As preparation for the hardcover book soon begins, it is with great pleasure that I announce the title of the book:
Yes, as simple as that! I won't release the names of the contributors to the volume just yet, although it gives me great pleasure to announce that the cover will be illustrated by Lesley Vamos. More details later in the week!
The Copier Jam! Exhibition of current Australian Comics and Zines opens in Childers - tomorrow! I know Curator Jeremy Staples has plenty to be proud of and should be commended for getting the comic (and zine) message out there in our community.
Comicoz is just as proud to be associated with the event, and I will post pictures of the Exhibition and -- if possible -- the Opening when photos come to hand. To join in the celebrations, Comicoz has released a special Copier Jam! issue (our Fifth!) of our comic Oi Oi Oi! and that also officially goes on sale tomorrow. Of course, all the subscribers to that magazine are already in the know -- they received their copy a couple of weeks ago!
I really wish I could be attending the Opening -- it's at 10.30 in the morning, if you are in the neighbourhood, and it's FREE! -- but I have been chained to this desk (at left) for the past three weeks, and I am too exhausted to do anything! (I tidied it up somewhat for the photo!) Yes, if you have been wondering why there have been no manic missives about the wonderful world of Comicoz from me, that's the reason! I have had a (temporary three-week) promotion in my working life which has necessitated me working from really early in the morning and coming home late at night. (Let's put it this way: I leave in the dark and it is dark when I arrive home. My Vitamin D levels are really low, I suspect!) I have not -- yet? -- got to the stage where I can work on my beloved comics full-time...
Anyway, that is all behind me now! My boss is back from her holidays and I should be able to keep you informed and up to date with the next exciting project from Comicoz -- when next we meet!