Before I talk about the 2011 Stanley Convention's Workshop, I have just heard about yesterday's passing of Rugby League Legend, Arthur Beetson. To many readers outside of the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales, the name may mean nothing. But especially to Queenslanders and those who love the game of Rugby League, he was an absolute giant in the game. I know it may seem somewhat odd to include an item on football within what is essentially a comics-related Blog, but bear with me here...
During some dark days in my life (in 1991), I wrote a comic-book story about another Rugby League Legend, Wally Lewis. In 1992, Joanne Applegate, then a new Member of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Black and White Artists' Club, agreed to illustrated the story. The comic was published (in a Limited Edition of 500 Copies) by Comicoz in 1993.
In preparing the story, I was pondering how to illustrate what I then considered the Greatest Queensland State of Origin Team, the Unbeaten 1989 side. The 'problem' was solved when the autographs of all the players was obtained with the help of one Arthur Beetson! I have included a copy of the comic on the left, and the page with all the players' autographs (below)..... Artwork Copyright Joanne Applegate 1992.
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