It's been a mixed bag of a month. No word on the upcoming Air Hawk title yet. Jeremy Macpherson is busy working on the layouts (in between other things he needs to do to earn a living). And I'm getting back to working on Rock 'n' Roll Fairies by Dillon Naylor (and Ian C Thomas) and Iron Outlaw by Fysh Rutherford and Greg McAlpine. As well as other projects.
Work has put a kybosh on a lot of things of late. What with the need to be the (Acting) Nurse Unit Manager, and then night duty. With long antisocial hours, no comic work was able to be attended. It's one of those things. And, more recently, we had to put Moo, our dear mate of fifteen years, down earlier this week.
Still there were joys earlier in the month. Jeremy Staples organised a Zine Fair to coincide with the Brisbane Writer's Festival. It was the first market that I had done for many a year, and I was able to sell Dillon's comic (Batrisha) and show off his book. The Fair only went for a short time, like three hours in total, but I managed to get a few comics into new homes, making for a worthwhile exercise. Also saw some talented local talents: Knitting Anarchist (who real name I forgot!) and some nice work by Timothy Delaney, as well as meeting Alicia Grady who knows InDesign (always useful to know!) and will take on work...
Somewhere in my dreams I have come up with some more comic ideas. But rather than discuss them here, I know I have to prepare for work (*sigh*). Forty-nine weeks until I retire!
John Danger Dixon (20th February 1929 - 7th May 2015) was an Australian comic book artist, best known as the creator-writer-artist behind the newspaper comic strip Air Hawk. Although I have much news to share about my personal comic doings in the immediate future, I just want to delay announcing those to spend a moment honouring my friend. It was sixty years ago today (on Saturday the 11th May) that the daily Air Hawk strip first appeared in Australian newspapers. It was some twenty-five years later (in May 1988) that, with John's blessing, I published the first Comicoz issue of John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine.
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