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.
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