As I said about a week ago, I have been so absolutely overwhelmed by the response to The Sunday Mail feature since last Sunday. To everyone who emailed or bought a Ned Kelly book: Thank You so much. To Sally Browne and Richard Waugh for your words and pictures: Thank You again. I could never have anticipated such a response! I have been so busy over the past week, that all I have really had time to do is fill orders!
Comicoz' next project is the imminent arrival of new Australian comic anthology Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! onto most Australian news-stands (on July 1st and 56 big pages for only $7.95). All those who pre-ordered copies of the magazine through our store should find it popping into their letterbox in the coming week. (The courier dropped off our copies yesterday evening while I was at work, and the Distributor received their copies early last week.)
In the meantime, between today and that Tuesday, there is a lot to share with you, dear Reader, and much to prepare for that release date. Let's see how much I can record here for posterity!
Looking further forward, there is an Exhibition Opening that I have been invited to that is dear to my heart. (And, sadly, one I will be unable to attend, due both to its distance from my home and my need to prepare for Oi Oi Oi!'s release.) Still, it is one I feel I should share with you and hope that someone, after the fact, can make me extremely jealous and tell me how good it was to have been there...
Drawn from the extensive archive of the Australian Cartoon Museum, "She'll be right, mate?" is an exhibition that chronicles the issues of Indigenous affairs in Australian society, sports and politics from the last 30 years in cartoon form. Australian cartoonists, including Nicholson, Jeff, Spooner, Knight, Leunig, Tanner, OZ and many others illustrate Australia’s often rocky road towards reconciliation from the Bicentenary to the Apology.
The Exhibition runs from July 4th until August 31st, and is being held at the Burrinja Cultural Centre at the corner of Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey (in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges). The Exhibition will be presented in partnership with the Australian Cartoon Museum. For more information about the Burrinja Cultural Centre please click here; and for information about the Australian Cartoon Museum please 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