In the lead up to this year’s ZICS fair (Zine and Indie Comics Symposium, 21–23 August), I have been given an opportunity to assist people in learning more about comic book design and publication.
Last night Jeremy Staples and I managed an introductory workshop on Zines and Comics. It was great to see the enthusiasm in the participants -- all of who managed to get a small zine completed in the allotted time frame: super impressive!
My next (and first solo!) workshop will focus on the medium of comics and will be held this Sunday at The Edge (part of the State Library of Queensland). Participant will find out about where comics started and where they’re at now. Then we'll get down to business helping participants in creating their own comic, and learning techniques for editing, printing and publishing their creations! Who knows what talent may surface?!
For those interested, here's the link (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 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