The National Library of Australia is presently planning to build a comprehensive collection of Australian publications 'to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future'. This is a similar goal to those espoused by Comicoz. ("Comicoz is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comics and comic strips; with a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of our Australian culture.") The only difference being the larger scope of the National Library's objective...
The Library set up Pandora, an Australian Web Archive, in 1996 'to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications' that meet the National Library's 'collecting scope and priorities'. This Comicoz website-come-Blog that you are now reading has recently been invited to be included in the Pandora Archive, and I have informed the National Library today that we would be honoured to be so considered.
What this means is that a copy of this Comicoz web-site will be placed into the Pandora Archive and this will allow members of the public access to it 'in perpetuity'. Given that all illustrations that I have included on this Comicoz web-site have (usually*) been approved by the Copyright Holder, I doubt that there would be any Copyright Holder not willing to allow their illustration to be included in the Pandora Archive. IF there are, please contact me (so that the Copyright Material can be deleted). I should make this disclaimer now: That if any person or organisation who owns material subject to Copyright and not owned by Comicoz, and allows me permission to use any such illustration or photograph for the purpose of inclusion on this Comicoz web-site, then by inference they are allowing Pandora an extension of this right to preserve this material into the National Library of Australia's Archives.
* I have to say 'usually', as occasionally I have included an illustration or photograph with an unclear knowledge of who is the present Copyright Holder. For example, the older photographs of John Dixon when he was a young man. Anyone with an interest in learning more about Pandora's Web Archiving background, please click here.
I'm all for leaving this Comicoz web-site, a personal record of my (successful and not-so-successful) attempts at publishing and other historical comic-related thoughts, for Posterity when I leave this mortal coil. So, from 2013 I say: "Hullo to all Future Australian Comic Historians!"
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