Today I had the opportunity to catch "Between the Lines", the National Museum of Australia's travelling Exhibition of Original Australian newspaper political cartoons. I was able to see it just before it was due to move on from Brisbane. I strongly suggest to every Cartoon Fan that you catch up with 'Between The Lines' when it stops near your hometown. Although if you did miss it (as I nearly did), don't fret - this is an annual event, and you will be able check it out when it returns with all new cartoons - next year! Full details of cities holding the exhibition, and of how to obtain cartoon volumes reflecting past Exhibitions are available from the National Museum of Australia's website (correct at time of writing):
In the meantime, have a read of Craddock Morton's Introduction - it's almost as if he shares similar goals to Comicoz!! (I've included it here, just in case the website vanishes into cyber dreams...)
One of the key roles of the National Museum of Australia is to facilitate a national conversation about the significant moments in Australian history. The Behind the Lines exhibition, with its selection of some of the best cartoons published in 2009, provides a means of achieving this objective.
The cartoons on show challenge the viewer to reflect on some of the major controversies of the last 12 months. While some of these events will fade into the past, leaving little trace on the national memory, others will be seen as reminders of defining moments in the Australian story. By exhibiting and preserving these cartoons, the Museum provides a window into how these events were understood at the time they occurred.
As well as presenting a record of the year's events, Behind the Lines also celebrates Australia's wonderful tradition of political cartooning. Artists featured this year include Alan Moir, Bill Leak, Cathy Wilcox, David Pope, Andrew Weldon, Fiona Katauskas, John Spooner, Mark Knight and Warren Brown.
Please enjoy the cartoons and take the opportunity to join the conversation about Australian history.
National Museum of Australia
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