24th December 2017
I must confess to being a poor correspondent, and no amount of excuses should be accepted by you. If it is of any consolation, you are the first that I am writing to. I know that I still have [others] to put pen to paper to, even though I’m sure it won’t be until 2018 that I am likely to do so.
Just under twelve months ago, following my plans to edit a Phantom issue of Inkspot, the Publishers at Frew asked me if I would ask [others] if they would give permission for Frew to publish some of your brother John Dixon’s older works.
They readily agreed, and the results are in your hands. Of course, there was no obligation for Glenn Ford (one of the present Frew owners) to ask permission to reprint the Catman stories. They were, after all, something they published a long time ago, and I assume they still have the rights to. Still, it was good they asked. The Crimson Comet on the other hand, was owned by John’s earliest comic employee, Mr Edwards, and his next of kin are a present mystery, but people may also argue that John had some moral ownership of the character. So they asked again.
The bottom line, I suppose, is that some of John’s work has again appeared on the Australian newsagent stands; something that pleases me no end. The publishers have kindly supplied complimentary copies of the magazines (the reason I need to forward them on and write to you and John’s family). I know I have a bias, but I shall say it anyway: compared to some of John’s contemporaries (also enclosed in these volumes), John’s work positively shines. I hope you enjoy reading them.
Not only is my mailing late, but also my opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. I was never one for good timing. Instead, I shall wish you a Happy New Year, and I shall resolve to – perhaps – be a better correspondent in 2018!
I turned 60 yesterday. I didn't want much of a fuss about the milestone, although I do admit in quieter moments, I was a little reflective in my acknowledgement that I am now three-quarters the way there. (If one can assume I'll be granted eighty!)
One of the highlights of the day was knowing that, with the kind support of friends and strangers, the Bold Ben Hall Kickstarter campaign had reached its $10,000 target. Many thanks are due to the so many people who really believed in the project, even when I was harbouring some doubts about a week and $2000 out from the end-date...
The other highlight was spending the day with three of my grand-daughters, and impressing on them the importance of living your life the way you want. After we had spent the day before swimming in the local Lagoon, on my birthday we went for the less conventional. We had Birthday Cake for breakfast, and Weet-Bix for lunch, before spending the day watching movies Paddinton Bear and Arthur Christmas in the air conditioned comfort of our home. After the girls had travelled home, Carlene and I spent dinner with a couple of good friends at the local Leagues Club (by which time I was really hungry for more substantial fare). Many people also sent some lovely personal messages, for which I am grateful.
The ONLY Superman story worth reading this summer will NOT be published by DC Comics. Don't believe me? Click here for a sample of three pages (and the cover).
The really GREAT news is that the Comicoz web-site is now BACK running again! I'm not sure why the site was not visible for this long period of time, and I really have not had time to fix it up...until now! There is lot to tell you about what I have been up to, but first, I really have to plug this Bold Ben Hall book now running on Kickstarter. Here (above and below) are some of the pages within the book. Don't forget these are reduced images: the book's pages are planned to be a massive 36 cm x 25 cm. (Each of the 400 plus pages was photographed from the original artwork -- which is even larger than the proposed printed page!) Anyway, the campaign has now just under two weeks to run, and we are not really close to the target...yet!
Here's the link: kck.st/2zIJdru
To people seeking to view my website (this one!), these seems to have been a bit of a technical hiccough that I am working on trying to resolve. Thanks to the kind people who have let me know the site was faulty....
In the meantime, the Kickstarter campaign for "Bold Ben Hall" has begun with just over two weeks to go until the deadline finishes....and I have about 60% of funding. My thanks to all who have already pledged to help us get this far. Still, clearly, something I must work on in coming days to reach the final goal. Here is the real link, if I can get this site working quick enough for you to be able to read it: http://kck.st/2zIJdru
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