I was disappointed that I was unable to attend this year's Stanley Awards, but it is not often that one gets an opportunity to see a daughter into married life... Daughter Lora married Bendigo farmer Adam Hoctor in a beautiful old-world ceremony at a local (Bendigo) winery on November 24th. Carlene and I attended a couple of weeks beforehand to assist with the babysitting 'duties'... caring for Lora's four year old, Lollie (while Lora worked on fine-tuning the day), as well as son Will's children (Zoe and Zethan). A busy but fun time! I developed quite a skill in pushing the grand-children on swings, and one day Lollie learnt a new song that I sang as I pushed her on the swing.... The following day, Lollie asked if I could "sing the Piggie song again" - and it took me a little while to realise she was referring to that song by Buddy Holly, "Piggy Sue"! (You know the one, don't you??!!)
While we were attending Lora's November wedding in Bendigo, Victoria, we were a little concerned that back in Gympie, Queensland, our newest grand-child would not wait until we returned! Luckily for us, Grand-daughter Hilda Lia Lotus (born in Gympie Hospital on December 4th) did choose to wait! We called in on her and proud mum PJ on December 6th, while Dad Corey was busy baby-sitting Hilda's big sister Bonnie. So while we were sad we did not catch up with Corey and Bonnie, we still had a wonderful two-hour opportunity to meet and greet our latest addition to our family. It was also good to be able to visit our girl (and Hilda's mum) PJ, who was 'complaining' about seven hours' labour! HIlda even allowed Poppie the pleasure of spending a whole hour cuddling up to her and sleeping through a scheduled meal break!
So, to all my friends from the Australian Cartoonists' Association that I did not catch up with at the Annual Workshops/Award Night in 2012, I trust you can understand why I did not show! And I look forward seeing you again....maybe next year!
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