I needed to find out more about this, in order that I could more fully share the details with you. I was informed in early January by my good friend Rob Feldman that he had been invited by Jakub Mazerant to partake in a comic exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. I was also told that I couldn't release Rob's video clip -- until now! (Each contributor was given "a ten to fifteen second greeting-introduction video", so Rob initially only showed me his fifteen seconds.) To be honest, I may show some bias here, but I think Rob's vide contribution was the very best!
It seems the Exhibition's official opening is next Wednesday (6 p.m. German time), then runs from 6 February until 17 April (2020). The video reports that the event is presented by a group called "Illustrate Your Life" and gives a web address. Here's a link. The website says that IllustrateYourLife (no spaces between the words) is a "collaborative creative agency, based in Sydney", and aims to "develop projects engaging international artists and audience". Rob send me a copy of the group's first published volume, Pieces, coordinated by Jakub. Although international in flavour, there were few Australian artists in the first volume, something that plans to be corrected in the second volume. I won't dwell on this publishing project now (however much it seems worthy to talk about) because it is not yet complete. Rob tells me that he has been invited to take part in the second book, and from the website, it seems there are many Aussies planned to be contributors. Ah, let's name-drop some of them now: Bruce Mutard, Leslie Vamos, TIm McEwen, Stuart Campbell.....
Anyway, before I digress completely, let me tell you about the exhibition. The idea is to promote twenty-four Australian comic book artists, both male and female, and "to show the diversity and multiculturalism of the national identity". Without having seen the exhibition (nor any likelihood in being able to afford to get to Germany before it closes), I must say - knowing most of these artists' works or styles - that these artists are the very finest proponents of the craft in the country. As I am unable to attend, I really hope someone can report on it! The address of the Australian Embassy is at Wallstrasse 76-79 in Berlin, Germany.
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