This weekend (RIGHT NOW, in fact!) it is all happening at The Edge, Southbank (near the Queensland State Library): ZICS! The Zine and Independent Comic Symposium, a two-day celebration of fabulous Australian Indie publishing. Click here for a link to tell you more...
And you know what?! Comicoz, or more specifically, Oi Oi Oi! had booked a table and was slated to appear. Putting a ki-bosh on the whole thing, after I returned from a brief week-long comic-free sojourn down in Bendigo, however, was the dreaded news that I was rostered to work four nights (in my paying job). You think that was bad enough? Two nights in, and I have come down bad with ....well, let's call it the "Man-Flu" again!
While I was visiting loved ones down south during that quick week, I was about the only one NOT to have an awful cough or runny nose...and wasn't I pretty smug bragging to all and sundry (as if they were listening!) that I was germ-free and healthy? Ah, doesn't pay to brag, does it? Now they can paying out on me!
Anyway, it is not all about me, me, me: it is all about ZICS, ZICS, ZICS and I would like to think that even if I am not well enough to go go go...you are! And I trust you can go and at least brag to me afterwards (by means of a Comment below) and tell me how great it was and how "you should have been there, because...."
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