I acknowledge that all celebrations today take place on the traditional lands of the Aboriginal People
Today, I would like to acknowledge the strength, resilience and capacity of the Aboriginal People
I note with some bemusement the recent blabberings of the Republican Movement the desire to have this nation run by an Australian Head of State. Many people who know me personally will know that I have very strong political views about the topic. That is, that I too believe that we should become a Republic. But I also believe that if we are going to do this as an expression of our 'maturity' as an Independent Nation, then we should also ditch the Union Jack from our flag. I furthermore believe that rather than 'celebrating' Australia Day as the arrival of the British, it should be the day of all days that we acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples in this land. Instead of calling it Australia Day we call it "First Australians Day". Now that would show our maturity as an Independent Nation!
Rather than all the nationalistic parties that we have, we should use it as a day to Advance Reconciliation between all peoples in this country. A day where we put ourselves out to perhaps meet a blackfella (how many Australians have actually done that in their lifetime?), to celebrate the racial diversity in the country and to acknowledge there are still things to be done to make this an even greater country. I love Australia too, but I love an even better Australia that is even more inclusive, more caring, and one that we can strive towards -- together!
Okay, end of my Political Rant. It is also my daughter Natalie Mahal's birthday. So, Happy Birthday to the girl who forever changed me as a person and who continues to bring so much joy into my Life.
On this Blog, I usually use a posting around this date to quickly look back at the Comicoz year and detail how many hits and misses there were, as well as talk of the Comicoz plans for the year ahead. At present, there are a few plans for the year ahead that are not quite finalised, so if it's okay with you, Dear Reader, I may defer that posting for another date....feeling, too, that perhaps I have already said enough.
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 was 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