Thank you for the most generous space allowed the late John Dixon in yesterday's newspaper.
Whilst I understand your need to edit some sections, I was disappointed that your included material that was not in my submission, given that my writings had been approved by John's family. John was always embarrassed by his artistic contribution to Biggles (as well as his Catman stories run by Frew), mostly because they were properties owned by others at a time he was seeking to strike out on his own. It was the reason I wrote: "Although he worked on other characters...." Still, I can see that that information would be of interest to the general public. However, from a historical perspective, they were done earlier in his career (before Air Hawk); your editing gives the impression they were done later in his life. Perhaps I should have asked for your final copy pre-publication?
I acknowledge that I am the publisher of "John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine" from 1988 to 1990, but I am also -- more recently -- the publisher of two books on John Dixon and Air Hawk (2011 and 2013), with a third planned later this year. I'll send you one when it's published, if you'd like; lest you feel I harbour any resentment.
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