I've been recording on Comicoz' Facebook page this year, a near-daily record of my life in the Australian comic community. (Feel free to check it out! You don't need to be a 'Friend' to do so!) I had hoped to be able to share the fact that the half-page scans of the original Iron Outlaw artwork pages have now been been made into complete, full pages. But the size of the files were and are too big for Facebook, so I shall now share one page here instead.... and the poor Facebook Friends will just have to miss out. For a change.
Sad to relate, but Syd Miller's family have decided to pull the pin on publishing some of their Grandfather's Us Girls works. It's not my call, after all, and I shall respect the decision. I spent one on my days off duty heading to Graeme's place and photographed some of his Syd Miller originals.
I am going to be the first to say it. By today's standards, this cartoon (above) is clearly sexist. I'm keen on publishing a book that is going to cover material that (again, by 2021 community norms) is going to upset people due to the racist (and sexist, and other) comments within. Is it a reason not to publish? I think not. Comics and comic strips reflect the times that they were created in. More of what I am working on, as the project begins to take shape.... (No clues here, right? If you really need to know, please check out the Comicoz Facebook page...)
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