The Inaugural Australian Comic Arts Festival (ACAF) will be held in Canberra on 20-21 February 2016 at the Canberra Novotel. It is a two day celebration of comics, graphic novels, artists, authors, publishers, colourists, inkers, letterers and all things comics.
Saturday will feature a series of workshops, panels and classes, finishing up with drinks and a book launch or two.
Sunday will see a traditional artists alley, panel sessions, portfolio assessments, topical musical performances and much, much more!
Well, the Great News is that I have been invited to speak on a panel about Distribution: a great honour indeed! I will join Bruce Mutard and Mal Briggs of Impact Comics (and others?) on stage...
I have managed to secure time off work: I finish on the Friday night (meaning: I get home about 11.30 p,m, or 2300 hr nurses' time) and then catch the first (5.00 a.m. or 0500 hr) Saturday flight to Canberra (via Sydney!), get picked up at the airport and then straight into a Panel Discussion! (*whew!*)
So, if you can get on down and join for a bit of History... this is the FIRST event of its kind in this country... come and say 'Hullo!' to me!! I am excited and really looking forward to it!
Want to know more? Here's a useful link to the weekend's program, if you click here.
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