Ahem! Just beating the Oi Oi Oi! drum for a moment... The Golden Stapler Awards -- "Australia's National Awards For Zine Excellence" -- yesterday announced the list of finalists for their 2014 Awards, with preliminary voting now taking place....
Oi Oi Oi! #1 by Nat Karmichael has just been nominated for "Best Zine by an Individual This Year" and Nat Karmichael has been also been nominated as "Zinester of the Year".
I hate writing in the third person; but I just had to share this incredible Honour! For more details and to locate the place to vote, please click here... Of course, the magazine wouldn't have been anything without the wonderful artists and cartoonist who took part in the magazine, so can all the personnel involved in the Issue please take a bow? This means you Anton Emdin, Rob Feldman, Tony Thorne, Glen Le Lievre, Bruce Mutard, Dillon Naylor, Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr, Josh Santospirito, Ryan McDonald-Smith and King Wang!
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