This has been a particularly busy month at my workplace. Staff shortages due to COVID. Staff (those who have not been sick, including me) have been working double or extra shifts to fill those gaps. Still, there's always sunshine after the rain. Meaning, there's nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a new book arrive from the printer. Even though work began later on Batrisha and the Creepy Caretaker than Emile Mercier: A Selection of Cartoons, it was Dillon Naylor's book that arrived first this month. I've not yet managed to find the time to get all (or even some) of the books out to the Kickstarter 'customers', but I have started working on fulfilling those orders ...
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