I wouldn't want anyone to think that Oi Oi Oi! is the only show in town, because outside of the Comicoz Office there is a lot going on in the world of Australian cartooning, and it is about time I shared some of those happenings with you. For starters, there is the Rotary Cartoon Awards, now in its 26th year, being held in the beautiful city of Coffs Harbour. The Awards are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour and various other community organisations with the aim of promoting Australian Cartooning and The Bunker Cartoon Gallery, presently the only gallery that regularly shows and promotes Australian Cartoonists and Artists.
The really good news is that the Competition is still running and that there are many cash prizes to be won: over $8000 in total prize money in fact. Cartoonists do not have to be a Member of Rotary to enter. The only qualification is that you are an Australian Citizen or Resident and are over the age of 18. You don't even have to be a professional cartoonist, all you need is an ability to draw a cartoon. How easy is that?!
The competition does not close until August 22nd, so there is still plenty of time to get your cartoons in! The categories (and you are not limited to entering only one) are:
So, what are you waiting for?! Full details, Rules and Conditions, and the most important Entry Form can all be found by clicking on this link here. The Award Ceremony is held in Coffs Harbour on September 20th, and the details about that are found here (below)...
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