Alexander Stitt was a graphic designer whose contribution to Australian cultural life cannot be underestimated. How many Australian can say the public health campaigns of “Slip Slop Slap” and “Life Be In It” are not engraved in their subconscious? Not many, I’d wager. Alex’s work is an example of how art, whether in the form of comics or graphic design, are a part of our cultural heritage. I’m sad to report that Alex has just recently left us, leaving Australia a lot sadder a place.
Only this week, I completed the Editing of the Australian Cartoonists' Association's Journal Inkspot. A little too late to place an obituary in this latest issue, but one that we shall have to pen for the next issue. Alex was much loved by our Membership, and I'd like to publically pass on my condolences to his loved ones.
In 2011, the Australian Cartoonists' Association had it's annual Convention and Award Night, with Alex Stitt one of the guest speakers. This year's get-together is taking place in Sydney on November 11 and 12. Are you interested in coming along? Let me know! Alex may not be there, but there will be other fantastic cartoonists and to meet and get to know...
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
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.