A good sleep should never get in the way of discussions about Comics. Or Zines.
Who said that? Um, I did -- just then!
Early this morning, I finished a sixteen and a half hour (double) shift at work and should have gone home to sleep. Instead, I ended up having a rather late 11 a.m. breakfast with Jeremy Staples and we ended up having a most interesting conversation. There is just nothing Jeremy doesn't know about zines (or if there is, he's not telling!). The man is as passionate about life and zines and a whole range of many things, as much as I am about comics and life and all those other things...so it was a most productive and pleasurable morning. I won't go into exactly what we discussed (some of that can wait until later), but let me just tell you this:
If you are living in or around the Brisbane area and want to learn how to make your own Zines and/or Comics you could join our Workshops on Zines and Independent Comics. YES! Jeremy and I are sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge to the general public in a series of upcoming workshops. These are the dates to keep aside:
June 2nd -- from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- This is the Introductory session to the Workshops
June 7th -- from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Make your own Indie Comic
June 14th -- from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- Make your own Zine
These Workshops are being held at The Edge, which is near the State Library of Queensland precinct, in the Cultural Centre at Southbank. These Workshops are various prices. There is no cost in attending the Introductory session, the Comic Workshop (run by myself with Jeremy) is $35 and the Zine Workshop (run by Jeremy with myself) I have just noticed is a rather surprising $75. For some reason, I thought all workshops were going to be the same price, and I was of the belief that there was going to be a special price for those wishing to attend both the Comic and the Zine sessions. I have asked The Edge to clarify that for me.
Jeremy and I are doing all these sessions for NO FEE. Why? Because we are Nice Guys. We really are. If you do not believe that statement, then come along to the Introductory Session and find out. To book, to find out where The Edge is, or to seek out any more information about these workshops, you can 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