One of the great pleasures and absolute honours of being involved in the cartoon medium took place just a week ago, when Michael McFarlane, from the National Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour invited me to part-take in the judging of the 2019 Rotary Cartoon Awards. On a beautiful sunny morning -- after night duty! -- I arrived at the ABC Studios in South Brisbane. Joining me in the 'task': ABC Radio Announcer Steve Austin and Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of New England, Richard Scully. What a great morning!
Small snippets of our conversations were broadcast on the radio later that afternoon (and are enclosed on this posting). Sadly, I was far too tired by that stage and totally missed the final transmission. (I still had a further three nights to go at that time!) As for whom we selected as our Winners? ... Well, you'll really have to head off to Coffs Harbour to find out! Why not attend the Award Ceremony being held at the Gallery on 7th September? Here's a link to buy tickets to see the Exhibition (which is running from the 7th September to 28th October 2019). (Sadly, I stupidly messsed up my roster requests at work, and will now be working on the Award Ceremony's night....)
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
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.