Long before I knew about Pozible, I discovered Kickstarter, a US-based Crowd Funding site. And I admit that I have supported a project or three that have reached their goal and have become a fully functioning reality! We are now almost ten days into the Comicoz Campaign and about one-third the way into our target! Nervous days! Thanks to all who have sought to assist us already. Click HERE to see or Contribute to our Project...
Anyway, I digress... A project I supported that I have not seen the end result of even to this day, is the animated movie "Persistence of Vision" that is soon to be seen at the Melbourne International Animation Festival (click HERE) that begins today and runs until June the 30th.
"Persistence of Vision" is scheduled to run on June 29th at 7.30 pm. Sadly, I will not be able to attend; so if any Readers of this Blog from the Melbourne area are able to go and give me a Review of this Documentary, I would love to hear from them! The blurb for the movie says it is "the untold story of the greatest animated film NEVER made".
"Striving to make [it], visionary animator Richard (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) Williams toiled for more that a quarter of a century on his masterpiece - only to have it torn from his hands. [Documentary Director Kevin] Schreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus." Sounds interesting? As my Reward for supporting the Project I am due to receive a DVD copy of the Documentary after it is shown around the world (and either my name - or Comicoz - appears in the End Credits)!
Here is the Official Trailer of the Documentary....
Also appearing at the Melbourne International Animation Festival that strike my interest are a couple of Australian Animated Classics that I would have also dearly loved to have seen. "Grendel Grendel Grendel" is being shown on June 30th at 5 pm and "Abracadabra" (in 3D no less!) on June 27th at 6.30 pm. Both are from the early 1980s by Australian Animator Alex ("Slip Slop Slap") Stitt who released a wonderful biography-review book of his fifty years as an Australian Graphics Designer last year. I had intended to run a review of the book, "Stitt Autobiographics", but - as always seems to be the case in my life - I ran out of time and I didn't get around to it. Better late than never, I suppose, I must re-visit it and place a Review on this Web-Blog ....someday!
Anyway, reading the Melbourne International Animation Festival's Program (as maybe you may have done by now), I notice that a few months back there was a (successful) Pozible Fundraiser to resurrect the "Grendel Grendel Grendel" feature and convert it into a commercially available DVD! Something I must have missed, as I have tended to simply check out Pozible's Comics category alone. (That'll teach me to be so narrow-minded! I would have contributed!) Fortunately, it made its goal and all Fans of Australian Animation (and I consider myself to be one) will be able to buy a copy, then sit back and enjoy it. And thus feel less guilty for not attending the 2013 Melbourne International Animation Festival...maybe.
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