This is going to be my last Blog in a little while. Tomorrow Elouise Quinlivan and I are holding a comic-related workshop at The Edge, Southbank, as a prelude to the Zine and Independent Comic Symposium (ZICS) that I have talked about before. In case you have not being paying attention, the Symposium is being Launched on Friday the 29th of August and runs all through the weekend until Sunday August 31st...
The Launch Party on Friday evening will feature "a variety of creative activities, music and an opportunity to mingle and share a drink with some of Australia’s best creative talents from the zine and indie comic world."
A zine and comic fair will be held on the Saturday and Sunday, and local and interstate artists like Jase Harper and Michael Fikaris will not only be attending, but also launching new books! Other artists and writers will showcase their creations for sale and trade, and a range of workshops and panels -- from beginners to advanced master classes -- will be conducted.
Now if you have not done so already, I would urge that you get your cartooning hats on, because August 22nd is the closing date for the entries to the 2014 Rotary Cartoon Awards. I have already detailed the categories and given information on how to enter the Awards, so won't repeat myself here. (Sorry, you will have to check my past postings yourself if you DO wish to enter!)
The Award Ceremony, which IS what I want to talk about here, is being held at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour on September 20th....and YOU are invited! Yes, I am personally inviting you!
The festivities begin at 6 p.m., with some fabulous world-class live entertainment by none other than Eddie Spagetti. This will be worth the entry price of only $25 alone! Following this entertainment, there will be an opportunity to honour one of Australia's greatest comic storytellers, illustrators and historians, the late Monty Wedd. Both Monty's son, Justin Wedd, and myself will speak of the great man, as we Officially Launch the Comicoz book Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd. Copies of the book will be available for sale on the night, and Justin and I will only be too happy to sign and personalise your copy. Of course, all this takes place before the main event of the night: the naming of the official winners of the 2014 Rotary Cartoon Awards.
I know you want to rub shoulders with Australia's top Cartoonists and Artists, so to obtain your tickets to the event, please click here. The $25 price tag includes drinks, finger food and all the live entertainment, with the night expecting to end at about 10 p.m. I hope to see you there! Please don't be shy - come up and say "Hullo!" to me and tell me you decided to come along based on this Blog's Personal Invitation! I hope, too, that you can now understand why this Blog entry today is going to be my last for a little while: I have got to start working on my speech!
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