I have talked about The Bunker Cartoon Galleryin a previous posting, but 'for those who come in late' (as they say in the classics), the Bunker Cartoon Gallery is Australia's first and only dedicated black and white cartoon art gallery. It is housed in an underground World War II bunker that has been converted into a contemporary exhibition space.
Shame Shame!! For all my passionate support of all things Australian, especially all things Australian COMIC-related, I must confess to you - I have never visited the Bunker. It is only about 5 hours drive south of Brisbane (in Coffs Harbour), so I really have no excuse for not having visited...
Shame Shame!! For all the Bunker's thousands upon thousands of original Australian Cartoon Art within its collection, it doesn't have one piece of original John Dixon artwork....
All of this is going to change next Saturday! Carlene and I are driving down to Coffs Harbour with the express intention of seeing the Bunker Cartoon Gallery for the very first time - and donating a couple of Original John Dixon Air Hawk strips to the Gallery into the bargain! So now every Australian can view the original artwork of one of our Greatest Adventure Strip Artists in the comfort of this Gallery. And now no-one has any excuses not to visit Coff Harbour's Bunker Cartoon Gallery!
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