Perth's Supanova is on this weekend, and I have chosen not to attend -- mostly because I have been planning on working on the Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi! (due for release in early October). Sydney's Supanova was on last weekend, and I had chosen not to attend -- mostly because I was planning on working on the Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi!....
But then, the printer's proof of Rob Feldman's book Cartoons, Comics and Cows in Cows arrived at the Comicoz Office Thursday afternoon. Certainly, it has been a book that has been and is much anticipated. No time to courier it down to Rob in Sydney. There appeared to be no option, except to catch a plane at short notice and get down to Sydney to present the book to Rob... I won't go into all the details, but Rob was totally stunned to see me at his doorstep...at about 8 p.m. at night!
Of course, there was then no point in talking to Rob! He was off studying his proof copy. Fondling it like a baby. Re-examining the pages. Sharing some of the inspirations that lead to some of the stories that appeared in the book....
Look, everyone who has released a book, a comic, I'm sure a CD or anything with some creative element involved in its development, will understand Rob's feelings and emotions. Rather than saying anything about it, let's just allow the pictures here to do the talking...
For those Patient Pozible Pledgers awaiting copies of Rob's book, I should tell you that Rob found: A spelling mistake, A picture that looks a little blurry, and three other (minor) adjustments that he wants to correct. So, sadly, the book needs to have these minor revisions before it will be released to the public...and the Pozible Pledgers.
In the meantime, a representative from Dennis Jones and Associates (Comicoz' Ned Kelly Distributor) has asked to see a copy of the book. And so a second proof copy was sent to them last week. (There were only two proofs available.) Any response will be covered on a future Blog posting...
Before setting off to Rob's home, I was fortunate in being able to catch up with Andrew Dixon at his home in the northern beaches of Sydney. Andrew spends most of his working time tripping around the world. (Yes, I know, some people have the worst jobs in the world, don't they??!) So, how lucky was I, when I decided to visit Sydney to actually find Andrew home! We had a quick chat over a coffee -- it had been over 25 years since we had last seen each other! -- talking about his Dad, John Dixon, and other matters of state. And then, I was able to present Andrew with Dad's 2014 Ledger Award... for John Dixon's "Lifetime Achievement in Australian Comics"...
(I finally got to meet Karen from Hive Mindedness Media as well as Sorab and Don from Silver Fox Comics! And -- even though he was in the adjacent table to the ACA -- I didn't even get time to say "Hullo" to Darren "Killeroo" Close...) In the end, I simply ran out of time to meet people. Within three hours, I had to return to Brisbane, and spend some time with my wonderful wife Carlene who gave up some of her time (as she always so unselfishly does) to allow me time with my comic passion...
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