Looks like I was wrong! Eddie Spagetti and his relation, Eddie Spaghetti, are NOT appearing at the 2014 Rotary Cartoon Awards, as I announced earlier. My invitation to the event arrived in the mail recently, and I have been reliably informed that Balloon Dog Eddie has taken his place! Now that my holiday is over and I have returned to Queensland, I must begin to prepare my Ned Kelly - Monty Wedd speech....
Having arrived back in Queensland (only yesterday evening), I have just learnt the ZICS Team had a wonderful write up in last week's The Sunday Mail (which I have not yet read or even seen). Comic-Con will be happening in Brisbane soon after the ZICS weekend, and the Australian Cartoonists' Association have just announced their line-up for their Sydney workshops prior to the Stanley Awards Night (more of that later), and then it will be Adelaide then Brisbane's turn for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.... Comic-related activities seem to be happening all around us lately: are you going to join in some of the activities?
First things first, for me, however, is moving all our possessions and settling into our new home....and going back to work (my first shift is night duty tonight)....!! Somewhere along the way too, I must begin working on preparing the Third Issue of Oi Oi Oi!...
This is going to be my last Blog in a little while. Tomorrow Elouise Quinlivan and I are holding a comic-related workshop at The Edge, Southbank, as a prelude to the Zine and Independent Comic Symposium (ZICS) that I have talked about before. In case you have not being paying attention, the Symposium is being Launched on Friday the 29th of August and runs all through the weekend until Sunday August 31st...
The Launch Party on Friday evening will feature "a variety of creative activities, music and an opportunity to mingle and share a drink with some of Australia’s best creative talents from the zine and indie comic world."
A zine and comic fair will be held on the Saturday and Sunday, and local and interstate artists like Jase Harper and Michael Fikaris will not only be attending, but also launching new books! Other artists and writers will showcase their creations for sale and trade, and a range of workshops and panels -- from beginners to advanced master classes -- will be conducted.
Now if you have not done so already, I would urge that you get your cartooning hats on, because August 22nd is the closing date for the entries to the 2014 Rotary Cartoon Awards. I have already detailed the categories and given information on how to enter the Awards, so won't repeat myself here. (Sorry, you will have to check my past postings yourself if you DO wish to enter!)
The Award Ceremony, which IS what I want to talk about here, is being held at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour on September 20th....and YOU are invited! Yes, I am personally inviting you!
The festivities begin at 6 p.m., with some fabulous world-class live entertainment by none other than Eddie Spagetti. This will be worth the entry price of only $25 alone! Following this entertainment, there will be an opportunity to honour one of Australia's greatest comic storytellers, illustrators and historians, the late Monty Wedd. Both Monty's son, Justin Wedd, and myself will speak of the great man, as we Officially Launch the Comicoz book Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd. Copies of the book will be available for sale on the night, and Justin and I will only be too happy to sign and personalise your copy. Of course, all this takes place before the main event of the night: the naming of the official winners of the 2014 Rotary Cartoon Awards.
I know you want to rub shoulders with Australia's top Cartoonists and Artists, so to obtain your tickets to the event, please click here. The $25 price tag includes drinks, finger food and all the live entertainment, with the night expecting to end at about 10 p.m. I hope to see you there! Please don't be shy - come up and say "Hullo!" to me and tell me you decided to come along based on this Blog's Personal Invitation! I hope, too, that you can now understand why this Blog entry today is going to be my last for a little while: I have got to start working on my speech!
For all the patient people who made Pledges to purchase this little beauty with Monty Wedd's Ned Kelly...your time has come! Rob Feldman is now signing, packing and posting your copies as we speak! Just give him some latitude, as he has a few orders to fill! I know he will have completed the task when I get my copy (I am last on the list)! If you want to ensure you don't miss out, please order a copy from the Comicoz web-store (click here to be directed there) or contact Rob directly... For those not in the know, here are some samples of Rob's work...
Today marks the beginning of the Ned Kelly Weekend at Beechworth in Victoria (click here for more information), and I had planned to go, if only my roster had allowed me to do so. So, for anyone who does go, please let me know how the weekend went and make me extremely jealous... In the meantime, to ease my disappointment somewhat, I see that Mark Juddery's article on Monty Wedd's Ned Kelly (and other Australian comic superheros) was published in The Spectator this week. Thanks, Mark! For future posterity, here is a transcript of the article...
Aussie superheros It's time to tap into our rich comic-book heritage and make some movies, starting with The Southern Squadron
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