On the other side of the coin, there are other groups out there, who are also seeking to "spread the word" about the comics medium and the cartooning profession. Given we share similar ideals, it's perhaps not surprising that I've become affiliated with them in some manner over the years. However, while I have put my money where my mouth is, in publishing my own products, I've rarely financially supported these other groups (apart from being a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association, purchasing from other creatives at comic conventions, and, supporting other creatives' selective Kickstarter campaigns).
As I get older, and more inclined to someday consider hanging up my publishing projects (they will be harder to finance when I have to rely solely on the Old Age Pension), I feel a need to encourage and contribute to those groups that I would like to think shall out-last me. So, over eighteen months ago, I made a deliberate choice to sponsor the National Cartoon Gallery each week, and to financially support the publishing of the Comic Arts Awards of Australia's annual for 2020/21 (due to COVID-19 a combined annual for the two years was produced).
The older I am getting (I'm 64 this month), the more I feel a need to contribute to these comic and cartooning mediums that have given me great joy over my lifetime. I'm in the process of working on a major means of doing this, and have consulted other professionals in the field. I'm not going to announce it here *yet. But, along with my annual Comicoz Australian Original Comic Book Award, it will be here that I first announce it ... hopefully on the 5th of January.