Last year's Comic Arts Awards of Australia's Annual has just recently been released. I'm very proud to have supported the project, despite the 'handicap' of COVID. Not only did I chair the Ledger of Honour Award - okay, bragging time, for the seventh year in a row! - I also placed sponsorship dollars into the venture. I really believe in supporting the creatives, past and present, of the local Australian comic "industry".
Meantime, in order to boost my own revenue to allow me to both publish more Australian comics and comic books (with the emphasis on books) and support local Australian creatives, I am now going to start selling some books and magazines that are more commercially available. The time is coming where I won't be working and drawing a wage, so I need to prepare for the day where my publishing ventures have to be somewhat more independent (or less dependent, if you will) of other means. SO, if you have a particular DC title that you would like to order on a regular basis, please get in touch! I'm going to initially offer a pull list of some of the more popular monthly titles from only $7.50 an issue. (What does your comic book shop charge?) First person to do so will score a free copy of the CAAA's Annual! What are you waiting for?!
And, speaking of more Australian comics and comic books ... time won't be far away before I make an announcement about a book I have been working on for the past few months ... and how you can obtain your copy of the book!
It's always nice to read nice things said about a book you're immensely proud of! Batrisha and the Creepy Caretaker got some favourable press from this weekend's Weekend Australian, and more locally in the Redcliffe Guide. It's my job to brag, so here we are! Have you picked up your copy yet?
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