Dear ZICS Gang!
I am not sure if you will read this in time, as you are having a (no doubt deserved) "week's break".
However, I made a pledge that was supposed to be delivered in AUGUST, and I think that an explanation is in order.
I put in some of my hard-earned $$ into your Pozible project for MORE THAN ONE REWARD, and I am sure I will be Rewarded with MOST of them. ONE of my Pledges (and, as you know, I made a few) was to the tune of $250, and I have been keen on seeing it in the mail...only to be disappointed on a daily basis. I am talking about my Pass to the Queensland Writer's Festival, specifically the 'Well Drawn' series. Where has my ticket gone? Why has it not arrived in time? As it is, the Writer's Festival is almost over....
I believe that if you are going to seek funds towards a project, that is fine; but don't forget it is the ordinary folk who pledge their money that allows you to reach your goal, and that they should be rewarded for this. That is what Pozible is all about. I pledged my money because I believed in your project. Even though I was unable to attend the ZICS Saturday or Sunday events, I was present during the inaugural ZICS Launch Party. And enjoyed some of the activities.
I have no doubt you will deliver on other Rewards in exchange for my money that entered your coffers. I'm bitterly disappointed I was not contacted about my Reward to the Writer's Festival. I am pleased my money was useful in allowing you to reach your goal, because I believe ZICS should be an on-going event in the Brisbane (and national) culture. It's just that I feel less likely to want to financially support such an event again for fear that I will not be adequately compensated.
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