I have discovered in the past month or so that you published two Air Hawk reprint books in the past few years and I have gotten copies of both. I look forward to reading and enjoying. (The copy of the first one has an inscription and autograph from you, which is a nice bonus).
Like most comic strip fans in the USA, I discovered Air Hawk through the Menomonee Falls Gazette (I have a complete somewhat dog-eared set) and enjoyed it there; it became one of my favorites, which is saying a lot given the line-up over the years. I don't think any of the stories in your two books were reprinted in MFG; if so, they will still feel new to me now.
I even bought a daily original art many years ago from story 35 "Kamikaze" and still have it, framed.
Are there any current plans or availability of a third book? Comments both in the back of book two and on the Facebook page imply so, but those comments are two years old. Or sources to access other reprints?
Thanks for the effort put into these and into Australian comics history and preservation.
Thanks for your email.
A couple of things have prevented my moving forward towards a third volume in 2019:
1) My book distributor went belly-up just over a month ago, and,
2) My agreement with the late John Dixon has expired (although I am hopeful his son and daughter - who presently own the copyright - would likely allow me to proceed).
Given time, I will publish a third volume, although I cannot say when just yet.
Out of total curiosity, I'd love to know which original of "A Dove Named Kamikaze" you obtained - John very rarely sold his originals, so your reply will be interesting.
You now have, I am sure you will agree, some of the finest examples of comic strip artistry in your possession!
I thank you for your interest, and do encourage you to follow my web-blog, because I am most likely to make the announcements here first.
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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.