There's this joke that (somehow) goes like this... (Even though I enjoy a good joke, I'm not always the best in relating or remembering them!)
Man 1: My old lady gave me an ultimation the other day. She asked me to give up my old boat that I've been fishing in for years, or she said she would leave me...
Man 2: What did you do?
Man 1: It was really sad, we have been together for years; but now at least I can go fishing whenever I want...
(Or something like that...)
There was a wonderful article in Brisbane's The Sunday Mail yesterday about three local comic-book creators. (I'll try to find a link and place it here.) The article was talking about crowd-funding and how they raised funds for their latest publishing project. Carlene actually pointed the article out to me. I thought it was worth investigating, and told her that. Then, out of the blue, Carlene says that should I ever think of publishing another comic/book/graphic novel... (Refer to earlier joke.)
Although, it is not much of a joke. Even though I have never published a commercially successful comic, and even though I do not work full-time in the industry, a lot of who I see as 'Me' is tied up in the medium.
I have published ten comics in my lifetime. For the record, they are:
The Australian Comics Group #1 (1982)
John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine #1 (1988)
John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine #2 (1988)
John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine Super Special #3 (a co-production with Cyclone Comics Australia) (1988)
John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine #4 (1989)
John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine #5 (1989)
John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine #6 (1998)
The Wally Lewis Story (1992)
John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor (2011)
Somehow, I can't see myself stopping there...
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