I have not been as involved in the organising of Brisbane's Zine and Independent Comic Symposium (ZICS) as much as I would like. Mostly due to commitments to my full-time work, to the next Oi Oi Oi!, maintaining a happy marital home, editing the Australian Cartoonists' Association's INKSPOT magazine, working on the ACA committee to prepare for November's Stanley Awards, and just taking a few lazy days. (Not necessarily in that order.)
However, as in previous years, I did contribute to their Pozible campaign (although not to the financial degree of past years) and I am pleased to report that they got over the line and the Event now going ahead for its fourth year. Despite all the above listed reasons (or excuses) I am also going to be involved in a bigger way than I have been in the past, which is personally pleasing. It is a comic Event that is in my backyard and it is one that I whole-heartedly support, even with my limited past involvement.
I have been asked to convene a Panel discussion, and with my contacts from the local comic scene I have now made arrangements to do just that. So, if you care to, yet another reason why you should attend ZICS this year. The topic up for discussion and perhaps debate: "What are the Opportunities for the Modern Comic Strip Artist?" Whilst I am moderating the Panel, the event can only be as good as the participants, and I am pleased to announce a really top-notch, high-quality team. All of the participants are local cartoonists, each one of them has a comic strip currently being published, and all of them have worked in the industry over the past twenty years, so they speak from a position of experience.
The team: co-creator of the comic strip Beyond the Black Stump and Courier-Mail cartoonist Sean Leahy, Swamp creator Gary Clark, Ian Jones, the creator of Bushy Tales, and my fellow INKSPOT Editor, creator of the comic strip Pet Therapy (that runs in Sydney newspapers), and an over-all great guy, Phil Judd. Together, we will all be appearing at The Edge, Southbank (Brisbane, near the State Library) between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on August 20th as part of ZICS. Hope you can join us!
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