I can't say I really knew Australian cartoonist Paul Harris. I mean, I don't know if he had children or was married, or liked Aussie Rules football, because, well, I never met the guy. But, you know through his comics and cartoons, he was a descent bloke. From his stories, you knew he was a deep thinker and had a sense of humour.
I have learnt today that he recently passed away. Fellow cartoonist Ian C Thomas posted the news on Facebook. A great shame. In 1985, He sent me a comic story* for the next issue of Oi Oi Oi! Whenever that was going to be. He illustrated a story written by Ian for my Australia! book. I thought today I would share how he thought of himself back in the day. Rest easy, Paul. I'm going to think of you fondly today, even if I didn't know you as well as I would have liked to have....
*I'm not sure if I should share that comic story here, even if Paul did send it to me to publish. Perhaps just one page?
...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.