There is NOTHING in this Blog entry about comics and there is NOTHING quite like going to visit Family to recharge the batteries when they are feeling somewhat depleted. I have made no entries on this Comicoz Web-Blog for some time now (as you may or may not have noticed!). I shall post an entry here (sooner but most likely later) about my thoughts on the Gold Coast and Melbourne Supanova Experience. In short, there were lows and highs, but I have not said too much about it. But I shall.
In the meantime, Carlene and I are in Cairns (that's north Queensland, for those not in the know). Little Miss Two is turning Three tomorrow, and we would be really remiss as Grand-parents if we missed that milestone, wouldn't you agree? Not that it is easy catching up with everyone's birthdays these days...with ten grandchildren scattered around the country, we can't really get to EVERYONE! But we have decided to come for this one....
We are staying at my sister Rose's place. Rose is what is termed in the Art Community as an "Emerging Artist". I am not sure what this means. It is not as if she has appeared from the back of her lounge suite last week. In fact, I have known her all her life, and she has always been into Art. It just these days she is more active in the scene than she used to be. You can read all about her here.
But much as I would like to talk about my sister Rose, and no matter how she tries to bribe me to talk about her, I shall resist! As a few artists and cartoonists occasionally read my Blog (and maybe you are one?), I thought I should tell you about an Art Exhibition and Award that my sister is organising in Cairns. International, national and regional artists will be in the running to receive awards from a prize pool of at least $5000. Why not enter yourself? You can see the 'Call for Entries' above. And you can find more details about it by clicking here.
This year the push is for innovation and unusual print media alongside the more traditional and technical forms of the genre. Cartoonists who have created original artwork can produce an edition of their artwork on a digital printer and submit the works for selection in the Exhibition. So get PRINTING!
The above is a Community Event attached to the Exhibition. Giant Images created collaboratively by Primary, Secondary and University students will be printed by the local Rugby Union team and their Rugby Scrum Machine. Rose says it is "Fun for everyone else and a organisational challenge for me". A bit like publishing comics, really. And I will return to the comics theme next time, when normal service will be resumed....
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