The editing of this film has taken me a few days (in between work and family time) to get to the point that I am happy with it. And this is the vision you will see on the Kickstarter campaign for Graeme's book. The original footage of John Ryan and some of the other artists was supplied by his wife Jan. Yesterday Jan gave the approval to use the original footage and confirmed that the cameraman was the late Keith Chatto, a giant in Australian comics in his own right. I'd appreciate any help in being able to identify the fourth artist towards the end of the material, and certainly Jan said she wasn't sure. The other artists (in case the rolling credits went too quick for you) were Jim 'The Potts' Russell, John 'Air Hawk' Dixon and Bob 'Boofhead' Clark. Given John and Phil Belbin were good mates, Jan thought it might be him. I'll have to ask his son Graeme, who I caught up with on the day of the Ledgers....but that is a posting for another day! Today, I hope to finish off the text to the Kickstarter campaign. I had hoped to launch today, but it isn't likely: we're having a belated Mothers' Day lunch with our son Will (who stars in this video) and then there will be work. Be reassured, here will be the first place to find out when the campaign gets underway....
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