I've been on a forced hiatus from comic-publishing work lately as there has been a family matter needing attention up in North Queensland. But now I have managed to do all I can do there (for now), I can return to my comic activities. Today I have spent a small part of the day working on a Comicoz advertisement for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly known as the Ledger Awards) in exchange for my sponsorship of the event. I was concerned that the Australian Cartoonists Association was not going to do the same thing, but was pleasantly surprised when the Committee agreed to do so at our last meeting. (I'm not speaking out of line here, as all the sponsors have now been named to the public.)
The advertisement was due to be inhouse some time ago, but today's been the first time I've really been able to get in front of my computer to work on any projects. (Many thanks to Dr Bruce Mutard, the new director of the Comic Arts Awards of Australia, for allowing me the latitude to be a little late in sending the finished work.) I can't show you the completed advertisement as it's a PDF file (and this website only allows me to upload jpg files), so instead I'll share with you the photograph I didn't use in the ad. Within the page, I decided to list each and every person who has written and/or drawn (or helped produce) a comic story or book I have published since I first began publishing under the Comicoz banner in 1987 ... a total of 93 people to date!
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