I just want to take a moment to say "Thank You" all the kind Family of Friends who have sent messages of support to both my daughter Rosanna and myself (and, by extension, to our family) over the past week. I am happy to report that Rosie is now back in her hometown and has caught up with her children (and other family members).
I won't go into the medical side of things, except to say that this is going to be a long struggle for Rosie (and her children), but I am now more confident that she will get there with the support of many wonderful people around her. I would like to acknowledge them all here, without having to name them. (You know who you are!) This also includes all the staff at the Townsville Hospital; as well as the Queensland Police Service and the Mental Health team who continue to work with her.
Unfortunately, I am unable to stay in Cairns indefinitely and I cannot stay for much longer. The essential "work" needed of me here will be just about complete in a week's time. I DO have to allow Rosanna some independence in her new, changed life. Without meaning to sound mean, I know Carlene (and Max and Moo) will be happy to have me home, and I am looking forward to their company.
I think my workmates might like to see me back at work too and Comicoz fans may also want me working on more comics. I may need some personal debriefing before I plunge headlong into either venture. Without going into specifics, this has been a most distressing time, not only for Rosie, but for her children, her family and friends, and even for the one who pretends he is so resilient, her Father.
Again, I thank you for your support and good wishes. It has meant a lot.
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