Late July 2011. After many years of letter-writing, faxes, phone calls and emails (not to mention the publishing of six AIR HAWK comics in the late 1980s), I finally met my #1 comic idol, JOHN DIXON for the very first time! Here is one of few photos we took, as I presenting John the book I'd just published. Inside were 5 compete AIR HAWK adventures and (more interesting to John) reflections on his life and work by his family and friends.
I have just spoken to John Dixon's nephew, Terry, who has allowed me to make a statement about this world-famous Australian comic book and comic strip writer and illustrator...
On April 18th, John Dixon had a stroke and has not regained consciousness. The nurse attending last Saturday said that John was "in transition and didn't have long to go". He is on medications to keep him comfortable.
On behalf of all of the comic fraternity, I'd like to pass on our kind thoughts to his wife Sue, his children Andrew and Jaydi, his sister Sheila and to all his family and close friends during this most difficult time.
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