I turned 60 yesterday. I didn't want much of a fuss about the milestone, although I do admit in quieter moments, I was a little reflective in my acknowledgement that I am now three-quarters the way there. (If one can assume I'll be granted eighty!)
One of the highlights of the day was knowing that, with the kind support of friends and strangers, the Bold Ben Hall Kickstarter campaign had reached its $10,000 target. Many thanks are due to the so many people who really believed in the project, even when I was harbouring some doubts about a week and $2000 out from the end-date...
The other highlight was spending the day with three of my grand-daughters, and impressing on them the importance of living your life the way you want. After we had spent the day before swimming in the local Lagoon, on my birthday we went for the less conventional. We had Birthday Cake for breakfast, and Weet-Bix for lunch, before spending the day watching movies Paddinton Bear and Arthur Christmas in the air conditioned comfort of our home. After the girls had travelled home, Carlene and I spent dinner with a couple of good friends at the local Leagues Club (by which time I was really hungry for more substantial fare). Many people also sent some lovely personal messages, for which I am grateful.
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