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....!
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