Have you an interest in cartoonists, animators or perhaps comic book artists? Why not become a Member or Associate Member of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, the world's oldest* cartooning body! Rub shoulders with Australia's best artists! It's also the only way you can get your hands on a copy of Inkspot, the Association's official journal. It comes out quarterly! Want to know how to join and pick up your free copy? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cover artwork is by Anton Emdin and the magazine was designed by Chris Barr. I am quite proud of this issue. Why? Well, I am the magazine's current Editor! (This issue is the fourth I have edited, and I would still like to think I will carry out the role for many years to come...)
Have YOU thought about joining the Australian Cartoonists Association? Even if you are NOT a cartoonist and you simply LOVE cartoons -- you can become an Associate Member! You get FOUR journals each year, and an opportunity to attend the Annual Stanley Awards night (being held in Sydney this year early in November), as well as other state-centred functions. Send me your postal address to my email: email@example.com and I shall send you an Membership Application Form....
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I better just zip up and allow you to look at these photographs from the Official Opening Night last Thursday at the Grand View Hotel in Cleveland of the Cartoons from the Bunker Exhibition. Gallery Owner Gerald Brock spoke of his (justified) pride in the Grand View Hotel being the first place in Queensland to ever host the Bald Archy Prize Exhibition (arranged with the assistance of artist-cartoonist Ed McMahon) and his wish to continue running exhibitions of this nature...
There were about thirty people attending the Opening Night. Among those was Tom Hamilton-Foster, former Coffs Harbour Rotary Club Member who officially opened proceedings by giving a short talk on the Bunker's formation and his involvement in that, and cartoonist Gary 'Swamp' Clark who had driven down from Brisbane for the evening.
Alexander Stitt was a graphic designer whose contribution to Australian cultural life cannot be underestimated. How many Australian can say the public health campaigns of “Slip Slop Slap” and “Life Be In It” are not engraved in their subconscious? Not many, I’d wager. Alex’s work is an example of how art, whether in the form of comics or graphic design, are a part of our cultural heritage. I’m sad to report that Alex has just recently left us, leaving Australia a lot sadder a place.
Only this week, I completed the Editing of the Australian Cartoonists' Association's Journal Inkspot. A little too late to place an obituary in this latest issue, but one that we shall have to pen for the next issue. Alex was much loved by our Membership, and I'd like to publically pass on my condolences to his loved ones.
In 2011, the Australian Cartoonists' Association had it's annual Convention and Award Night, with Alex Stitt one of the guest speakers. This year's get-together is taking place in Sydney on November 11 and 12. Are you interested in coming along? Let me know! Alex may not be there, but there will be other fantastic cartoonists and to meet and get to know...
...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.