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....
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 has been 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