This is a big Shout-Out Thank You to everyone who attended our Book Launch and who bought copies of the book on the night: I have just found out that - if you look very closely - the Brisbane Courier-Mail listed John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor as being in the Top Ten of all Independent Book sold in Brisbane in the past week. (Well, it is actually Number Ten, but who's worrying?!) And this is sales in just one bookstore on one night: who knows what may have happened if we had had a regular Australian Distributor carrying John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor throughout the country??!
The Official Launch of John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor at The Avid Reader in West End, Brisbane.
See those who were in among the action. Many Thanks to Terry Cooke (John Dixon's nephew) who kindly took the photographs and allowed them to be displayed here.
A Picture Says a Thousand Words, they say; so apart from adding names to the photos, I shall say little... !!
From Left to Right: Jan Rhoades (John Panel By Panel Ryan's first wife), Jaydi Munns (John Air Hawk Dixon's only daughter), Russell Ousley (Royal Flying Doctor Service's Queensland Section's General Manager Marketing and Fundraising) and Nat Karmichael (Carlene Comicoz Karmichael's present husband) all put on happy poses for the camera-man, Terry Cooke (John Air Hawk Dixon's nephew)...
More wonderful AIR HAWK Fans: from the youngest ... Bonnie Mickan and her mum PJ. (Who is that in the background?), with Kerin and Barney Davis, and to a headache-stricken Carlene Karmichael. (Yes, THAT is why she was late: and spent the next 24 hours in bed recovering....) Did I say earlier that I was going to say little....?!
More wonderful audience participation! A Great Big Thank You to EVERYONE who came and who took part: Certainly the Avid Reader staff were surprised at numbers ... they had earlier arranged a little area inside with SIX seats! Never under-estimate the pull of an AIR HAWK Book Launch! And so, even though it was a little cool outside, the company and interaction kept us all warm!
Jan and Jaydi had not seen each other for YEARS before this Book Launch. (True story.) Isn't it marvelous how a wonderful social event like this can bring people together? There were a lot of strangers at the beginning of the night, but by the end of the evening, EVERYONE had met at least ONE new friend!
The highlight of the night for all the Air Hawk Fans who pre-ordered Limited Edition Signed and Numbered copies of the book, with a Special Edition winging their way for the lucky winner of the draw. Supervising the draw to ensure it was impartial is Nat Karmichael, Holding the entrants tickets in the hat is Carlene Karmichael and drawing the lucky name is Jaydi Munns. In the far right hoping his name will be drawn is Graeme Cliffe. Sad to say, Graeme was disappointed, but winning the prize (and not being able to be present) was...JOHN CLEMENTS!
...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.