To a lot of people this posting is going to be seen as a bit of a tease. Presently, my Mother is very unwell, so in the past six months (plus), I have had limited opportunities to be able to work on my comics and comic-related books. So many are in a half-completed state, that I have hardly had much time to work on them, let alone write much on this blog. So I thank you for your continued patience....
So, while you are waiting, I thought I should share this illustration by John Dixon that was passed on to me by Glenn Ford (one of the co-publishers of the Australian publishing house that releases The Phantom). Over the years I have written quite a few blogs critical of Frew, but for some time now I have wanted to praise them. Recently, they have been proactive in getting Australian Phantom tales in the public eye, and employing locals like Paul Mason and Jason Paulos to do so. I was so impressed, I even included some articles in Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association that I edit!
Recently, Glenn has also put me in touch with Andreas Eriksson, who has told me about John Dixon's work for the Swedish publisher Egmont. Whilst I knew John worked on the comic Agent X9, I had no idea to what extent -- until an email this morning! This is -- for me -- an exciting discovery! Apparently there were 16 stories illustrated by John that saw print, each totalling 22 pages each. When I have access and permission to reprint these stories, I'll include some illustrations here. In the meantime, I have to equally patient while I find out more....!
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Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
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.