Carlene and I have now settled into our new home, and have spent some time working in the garden. (As well as seeking means to fix our fence so our dogs, Max and Moo, cannot escape... again!)
I have just completed our Tax for the 2011-2 Tax Year, and have had to make some tough calls: John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor did not make a profit over the past year (only 350 books have found homes, with 650 copies still in our garage). Should Comicoz continue as a business, or should I consider making it a hobby? Something my Tax Agent has asked me to think about.
It sometimes takes something serious to happen to reflect on what is really important and what is not. Recently, Carlene has been experiencing chest pains that required investigating, and yesterday had to undergo an angiogram. She was lucky to be given the all clear (although that does not explain the source of the chest pains).
John Dixon continues to be in ‘OK’ health. His wife Sue has recently sent us this update. I trust they will not object to my sharing this with his many Fans:
John is doing OK and the Lewy Body Disease has progressed more these past few months than in the first years.
I think I first noticed a change in him about 8 years ago. I erroneously thought it was old age. Later I found out that dementia is not a normal part of aging. He still has a sense of humor and we enjoy eating out and going to the movies. I feel fortunate that he still recognizes everyone.
Sue and John
...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.