From the Melbourne Town Hall on February 14th, as Carlene and I were returning from a wedding in Berrima (New South Wales), there were many people recalling the collaborative efforts of contributors to the First Issue of Oi Oi Oi! The occasion was the annual Golden Stapler Award ("Australia's National Awards for Zine Excellence") being held at the Festival of the Photocopier. So, let us collectively thank Anton Emdin, Rob Feldman, Tony Thorne, Glen Le Lievre, Bruce Mutard, Dillon Naylor, Scar Studios (Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr), Josh Santospirito and Ryan McDonald-Smith for their efforts in bringing the first-ever Award to a Comicoz production... Best Collaborative Zine!
It was a great personal honour for me too, to be nominated in the category of Zinester of the Year. I have already sent my sincere congratulations to the winner, fellow Queenslander Justin George, for his Wasted Opportunities production. You can see his amazing works by clicking here, where you will be taken away to his Facebook page. And if, like myself, you were unable to get to the Festival of the Photocopier this year then you can at least relive the highlights of the Golden Stapler Awards here and maybe make a notation to attend next year. As I must.
Many thanks to Simon Grey, The Adelaide Zine Shop Guy, who passed on this information to me. And the YouTube video that went with it today. How could I not share it?! Now the only thing I have to figure out when the Award arrives in the mail: how do I equitably share the Award among the collaborators? Do they perpetually rotate the Award among themselves for, say, a month at a time until the end of time? Ah, the decision-making is never easy when you are the head of this (now) Award-Winning business called Comicoz....!
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