WELL, it's about time!
I have decided to re-join what was once the Australian Black and White Artists' Club and what is now known the Australian Cartoonists' Association...
I have enclosed (for the web-site and for fun) copies of my last Membership Card and my business card from the 1988 to 1995 period when a very different "Air Hawk" publication hit the news-stands.
You can read all about the Association here: http://cartoonists.org.au/?page=202
I suppose when you look at the posts over the past year, it seems that it was only a matter of time that I would re-join, as cartooning, cartoonists, comice strips and books have been a life-long passion for me (to varying degrees at different stages in my life). Although the decision to re-join has been only a gradual one, in reality. But I never left the Club with any bad feelings back then; it was simply that there was a lot of things going on in my life at the time (not that there isn't now, mind you!!), and everything was distracting me from what I was meant to do in Life - publish comic books! (Yes, perhaps with a bit of Grandiosity, I really believe that!)
Speaking of which, the book John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor is now at the printers! And there is something else I have been meaning to do for a while and I am hoping my next posting details that.... Stay tuned!
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 has been 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