From my birthday (December 21st) to the end of any given year, I usually spend those ten days reflecting on the year past...which, this year, has been a particularly good one for my publishing imprint Comicoz. Two books (Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd and Rob Feldman's Cartoons, Comics and Cows in Cars); and two comics (Issues One and Two of Oi Oi Oi!) were published and released on the Australian newsstands. Added to this, my involvement in the 'discovery' of the 'lost' 1933 cartoon ("For gorsake, stop laughing: this is serious") by Stan Cross, which will most likely be THE highlight, THE pinnacle of my life's involvement in the Australian comic medium....
But today, it doesn't seem to matter. Even though Christmas can be a happy time for most of us, there are some that are experiencing extreme sadness, and I thought it would be worth reflecting on that just for a moment. I have just been given the news in a Christmas email (from Sue Dixon), that Australian comic book/strip artist John Dixon (Tim Valour, The Crimson Comet, Air Hawk creator) is now in palliative care in his California home.
Anyone wishing to send their wishes (Get Well cards, Christmas cards, New Year cards or even early Birthday cards -- John's birthday is in February) can send them to me care of:
P.O. Box 187
MARGATE BEACH, 4019
(Australia) and I will forward each and every one of them on to Sue and John Dixon.
Even thought John Dixon and I had corresponded for many years (since 1980) by mail, by fax, and by phone... and later by email; it wasn't until late June 2011 that I first met John Dixon in person. Here's one of only a few pictures taken on that day, when I proudly presented him with my first volume "John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor".
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