One of my daughters has been unexpectedly admitted to Townsville Hospital. I presently have no idea how long she is going to be there. But I am by her side, even though this has thrown other (especially comic - scheduling) matters into disarray. It now seems unlikely I will have Issue #4 of OI OI OI! ready for the planned April 25th (ANZAC Day) release. Other plans that were under way -- or that I had begun negotiating on -- are all going to have to be reorganised at an unknown date. I know this will annoy some and infuriate others. But while it may be even a little frustrating for me, given that I have managed to have my publishing arm in a reasonably good position for its growth in the local comics medium, there are priorities. I have chosen to make Comicoz a one man band, and so I am left with no option except to place Comicoz in temporary hiatus. My family will always come first. (I know Mrs K will be amazed to read that, because she knows the hours I put in each day to Comicoz -- often, I will have to honestly admit and as she will tell you, to the exclusion of time with her!)
Anyway, the bottom line is I don't know how long my daughter is going to be in hospital. Thus, I don't know how long it will be until I am able to get back to work, and when I can begin working on getting more comics out in the world. I trust I can count on you for patience and understanding during this terrible personal family tragedy.
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
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.