While I am busily preparing Comicoz' books John Dixon's Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor (Volumes One and Two) and Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd ready for the Gold Coast and Melbourne Supanova Conventions, you might like to take a look at this clip from You Tube.
Carol Tilley is a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois. She was one of the first people to be given access to the leader of the 1950s anti-comic movement, Dr Frederic Wertham's research notes and manuscript drafts. Carol's research has found that Wertham's research was flawed: his conclusions lacked supporting scientific evidence for his conclusions and he even fabricated some of his data.
Tilley champions the use of comic books in classrooms and libraries with a mission of getting kids to read. And surely this is an honourable position to take! If you have time (the clip goes for more than 20 minutes!) have a look! This is a fascinating short documentary.
My thanks to former Air Hawk artist, Paul Power, for bringing it to my attention!
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