A week before Lovely Little Lollie's operation (due on June 21st), so work on John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor would, you would think, be slowing down....( thank god for my Gratitude Stone helping me out) Actually, work is still being done behind the scenes. Here are some other artists' roughs for propopsed future Volumes of the series. It should be an interesting exercise to check out how much the versions change from early roughs to final works....
This is a very early sketch from Michal Dutkiewicz for the Second Volume, arrived....just today!! The closeness Michal has to John Dixon's vision of his characters is absolutely remarkable. Michal has not been 100% well this year, so it has taken a lot of effort on his part to get well enough to even begin working on the Air Hawk project. His work is wonderfully detailed and I am looking forward to seeing how the finished artwork will look. Michal was able to spend some time finishing off the cover to Eddie Campbell's work for Volume One, mostly in the lettering. After many years with the same Air Hawk logo, original Letterer John Dixon (who else??!) gave approval for Michal to tweak the original design. I think it gives it a wonderful modern edge; but I welcome thoughts from everyone reading these web-pages....
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 was 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