23 years ago today my youngest daughter Rosanna was born; ....around about the same time the First Issue of John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine was launched. Just a few weeks ago, Rosanna gave birth to her youngest daughter! Carlene and I have just returned from Cairns to catch up with our youngest grand-daughter, Kira ....just around about the same time that John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor is about to be launched!
Yes, you heard right! Just in case you had been thinking I had become distracted with all the other Australian comics being published lately.... The final proofs have been corrected and John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor, the book, is ready to print!
Our tickets have been booked to head off to the US of A in late June, where COMICOZ will present the very first copy of the book to John Dixon! Everyone who has pre-ordered a copy can expect to see it in the mail-box soon after our Australian return on (or about) the middle of July....!!
Many Thanks to Katie from ASHCAN, the 'Artists & Writers for Comic Book Collaboration', who has given me an extensive list of locally produced comics in the local Brisbane area (see below). ASHCAN's Second Edition has just been released, and at $10 is well worth supporting (check out their web-site at http://ashcan.com.au/ for more details). The Great News is the Collective made enough money at the Launch to be able to fund the next issue! Way to go, gang! I hope I am in Queensland when you have your launch for Edition #3; looks like the night was a great success,,,
Here's a list of the printed local comics I know of
Phatsville Comix - Collaborative
Plump Oyster - Ben Constantine
This Weeks Specials - John Stewart
Despicable Man - Cam Loney
Bug City - Anthony Cheung
Immortal Game | and Nogitsune Apocalypse - Kade Morton (Writer) - http://digitalscripturealpha.blogspot.com/p/immortal-game.html
Ghostblood anthology - Shaun Craike
Wellbound Productions - David Diezel
Darren Fisher - http://www.dcfish.com.au/
Nelson Gibbins - "N.G" on facebook
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Dear Mr Karmichael,
Thank you for your email to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (the ACCC) regarding retail pricing in Australia. In particular you have raised concerns that US comic books should retail for a lesser amount.
The role of the ACCC is to ensure compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the Act), which is designed to encourage fair trading and discourage anti-competitive conduct through a specific set of competition and consumer protection rules.
I understand and sympathise with your concerns about the high prices that consumers pay for some products in the retail market compared to international prices. The ACCC is constrained by the legislation it administers and there are no provisions in the Act that prohibit this type of conduct. The ACCC has no power to set or control prices for goods and services at either the retail or wholesale levels. It does not have a direct role in regulating or setting prices except in the case of products or services that are declared under Part VIIA of the Act. The price of comic books is not declared under Part VIIA. In these circumstances businesses are free to determine their own pricing policies and provided that they do this independently it is unlikely to raise concerns under the Act.
Thank you for contacting the ACCC. I regret that I am unable to be of more assistance to you.
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