Way back on January 1st (this year), I wrote an email to 100 Australian artists and cartoonists, asking them if they would be interested in contributing to a comic anthology without reward. (I know that that would turn many off: most, understandably, would prefer paying jobs.) They were given a June 30 deadline to send in submissions. There are just over three weeks until the deadline closes, so I thought I would publicly announce these plans now. All contributors (50 male and 50 female) were invited to include a maximum of five pages in the volume with the theme of "Australia". The works are to be collated in a hardback book, with all proceeds from all sales going to a charity of my choice. After some negotiations, I am pleased to announce that all funds raised will go to beyondblue
As some of you know (and many of you don't) my daughter is presently receiving some on-going mental health input after a trauma in February. Even in my day to day work (as a Mental Health Nurse in a major Brisbane Hospital's Emergency Department), I sometimes come in contact people who work for this organisation. I am more than satisfied with my choice of charity to benefit from the sale of this book.
But do you know what? I have not come up with an idea for a name of the book! I welcome your input in coming up with a name and helping me out here... Please leave all thoughts in the Comments section of this blog.
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