I notice that presently there are many ongoing comic-related projects on the Pozible website (click here for the link). Just as Comicoz was able to raise the funds for our Ned Kelly project, many artists and cartoonists are seeking to get the kick-start they need for their projects. So, Comicoz has decided to give back and support some of the ones considered worthy.
One that raised my attention was "You Are Welcome in Australia", seeing a massive $10,000 total and presently not even half way there with 56 days to go. I have not yet been able to work out what it is with particular projects that encourages people to pledge, and for them to ignore others. Obviously the Rewards play a big part. But communicating the message must go part of the way too. I must say I would like to wish this particular project success, although I fear that the funds they seek seem a little extravagant for what they eventually plan to deliver. Without seeking to take a published political partisan viewpoint in this Blog comment, I believe this is an excellent example of how comics can reflect aspects of society's thinking, and can be used to effect changes in our society. So, here is a short synopsis of their comic-related project:
"We would like to publish a comic in direct opposition to what the government has published. We have no plans to directly encourage people to seek asylum within Australia; instead we are aiming to create a comic explaining that seeking asylum in any country that has signed the UN Refugee Convention (as Australia has) is not illegal, that there are many Australians who disagree with the government's treatment of asylum seekers and who are fighting for their fair treatment .... We really believe that a message of love will always go further, and engage more people, than a message of hatred. Although we can't do anything to help the people who are kept in offshore detention centers; we can try to spread a message of acceptance and community that will hopefully reach, and inspire, just as many people as the government has reached with their message of intolerance. We want to send a message to Australian citizens and asylum seekers alike that racism is not a national value, and that there are many people in our country who want to accept and welcome people seeking asylum in Australia."
Maybe have a look at the comic-related projects on the go, and see if there is something you think is worth supporting....and support Australian comic creators!
In my next posting, I should be able to give you an actual date of when Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd will be shipping! I know you have been waiting a long time to hear this...!
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