This may seem an ordinary suitcase. It was found in an old home that was ready for demolition in Western Australia, some months ago. No-one paid it any heed, and it was going to go to the community rubbish dump, along with many other items. Fortunately, the people who discovered it looked inside before they dropped it off. And inside! Uncovered was a lot of hidden gold....in comic terms, at least! Early runs of Frew's Phantom (see images below) and -- of more interest to me -- copies of some Fatty Finn comics from the 1940s. And many other comic treasures all in perfect condition just as they were when printed!
Somehow, I see this as a metaphor for my life. There are many things that I do in this (comic-related) life I lead that is often left hidden, unsaid and unrecorded here on this blog. Taking out my personal family life -- which, in my case, this year has been filled with more drama than the writers of Home and Away could even imagine! -- and my work occupation, there have been so many events going on in my world of comics in the past six to twelve months that I have not recorded... Sometimes because I have not had time, often because they are private and hidden doings, and occasionally because they are not able to be revealed until later...
I was tempted here to record some of those here, for those who read these words. But, I won't. Not just yet, in any case (pardon the unintended pun). It is Mother's Day; a time to reflect and cherish those who brought us into the world. So, if you can, go and wish your Mother a Happy Day and let her know you are thinking of her....
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