Bunker Cartoon Gallery
PO Box 1483
COFFS HARBOUR NSW 2450
Re: Support for Rotary Cartoon Awards 30th Anniversary
Inaugural Cartooning Festival
As an Australian comic historian and comic publisher, I’d like to offer my support in your great initiative and plans to hold a Cartooning Festival in the beautiful city of Coffs Harbour, to accompany the 30th Rotary Cartoon Awards. That the Awards have been held continuously for thirty years, shows how enamoured many Australians are with the medium – but a Festival would widen the community’s interest in this special art form.
Such a Festival would not only highlight the wonderful collection of well over 23,000 cartoons that you hold in your Gallery – that in itself a marvellous achievement – but it would lend Coffs Harbour being recognised nationally and internationally as being the premiere cartooning city in the southern hemisphere. In short, it would be acknowledgement for all the hard work your staff and volunteers have put in throughout the years and a triumph for cartooning! Count me it!
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 was 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