So, you will be wondering: Who is TRUNDLE? Unless you were one of the readers of a couple of select Australian newspapers in the late 1980s, you will have no idea! However, now that I have more-or-less recovered from the Flu, I can tell you that it is likely to be the next book to be released by Comicoz! Neil Matterson is the Cartoonist, and Trundle is his most marvellous creation. It is a beautiful, gentle strip that did not -- in my opinion -- receive the wonderful accolades it really deserved in its day.
Neil has drawn so many comic strips in his Lifetime, among them: St Pips, It's A Baby!, The Shambles, High Tide. Neil has also has won much acclaim for his cartoons at the Australian Cartoonists Association's Annual Award Nights: winning Best Cartoon on the Night more often than any other cartoonist. Neil is a modest man, so he will cringe with embarrassment when I share with you right now the number of times he has won the Award. In fact, Neil has won the Award in every decade since they began! 1988, 1990, 1999, 2009, and I do believe he is planning on winning again this November.
However, in my opinion, for all Neil's Awards and success with his other strips, none were more deserving of an Award, none were more challenging creatively, none more gentle and endearing than this feature. Trundle was a pantomime comic strip. I could talk to you about it for a good ten more paragraphs...but I won't. I know you have things to do.
This book carries most of the strips that were published in the fourteen months this feature ran. The book will also carry some previously unpublished strips that have never before seen print, and will appear here for the very first time. This is a book for readers of all ages. I am telling you now, because I am excited about this book. I am going to be preparing it for the printer this coming week. I am going to give this book to all of my grandchildren, and I want to share the news of this beautiful work with you too....
This weekend (RIGHT NOW, in fact!) it is all happening at The Edge, Southbank (near the Queensland State Library): ZICS! The Zine and Independent Comic Symposium, a two-day celebration of fabulous Australian Indie publishing. Click here for a link to tell you more...
And you know what?! Comicoz, or more specifically, Oi Oi Oi! had booked a table and was slated to appear. Putting a ki-bosh on the whole thing, after I returned from a brief week-long comic-free sojourn down in Bendigo, however, was the dreaded news that I was rostered to work four nights (in my paying job). You think that was bad enough? Two nights in, and I have come down bad with ....well, let's call it the "Man-Flu" again!
While I was visiting loved ones down south during that quick week, I was about the only one NOT to have an awful cough or runny nose...and wasn't I pretty smug bragging to all and sundry (as if they were listening!) that I was germ-free and healthy? Ah, doesn't pay to brag, does it? Now they can paying out on me!
Anyway, it is not all about me, me, me: it is all about ZICS, ZICS, ZICS and I would like to think that even if I am not well enough to go go go...you are! And I trust you can go and at least brag to me afterwards (by means of a Comment below) and tell me how great it was and how "you should have been there, because...."
Comicoz is proud to announce today the artists and cartoonists who have kindly contributed to Australia! the anthology of comic stories to benefit beyondblue:
Garrett Beisler, Andrez Bergen, Georgina Chadderton, Benjamin Constantine, Julie Ditrich, Dave Dye, Pete Fairfax, Rob Feldman, Adi Firth, Greg Gates, Paul Harris, Owen Heitmann, Dave Hodson, Glenn Lumsden, Paul Mason, Tim McEwen, Michael Michalandos, Dillon Naylor, Mandy Ord, Rose Rigley, Virginia Rooke, Haylee Snook, Ian Thomas, Don Ticchio, Chris Wahl, Andrew Weldon, Lesley Vamos, Dani Vittz, and Danny Zemp.
What is a picture worth....??
Dear Mr Nat Karmichael,
My name is Garrett Beisler and I draw cartoons. Over the past six years I have been working on a cartoon strip called "Chris and Dave". "Chris and Dave" is inspired by classic slapstick comedy such as "Looney Tunes" and "The Three Stooges".
I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and I have recently been diagnosed with a schizotypical disorder. Drawing cartoons helps me calm down.
I would love the opportunity to feature one of my cartoons in your new comic anthology "OiOiOi!".
I have enclosed a selection of my cartoons for your consideration and please also have a look at my Blog: chrisanddavecartoon.blogspot.com
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