I had an email from Sue Dixon last week, updating me on John's progress and I share it with all those who care about this great Australian adventure strip artist....
"It has been 3 weeks since John was hospitalized for 3 days with pneumonia. It really took a lot out of him and has advanced his Lewy Body Dementia. He still knows people and has short conversations. Cindy drove down from LA and met me at the hospital. Her 3 day stay turned into 10 because I became ill and she took care of the both of us.
"John needs help with everthing. As long as he can make it up the stairs once or twice a day we will continue to stay upstairs and sleep until the time comes for him to sleep downstairs. Between the illness and rearranging the furniture I have neglected my emails."
Anyone interested in sending a (now belated) birthday greeting to John (or kind wishes to Sue), please post to me:
Nat Karmichael, Comicoz
PO Box 187
MARGATE BEACH 4019
I shall forward all correspondence received on to the Dixons....
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