Carlene and I have now settled into our new home, and have spent some time working in the garden. (As well as seeking means to fix our fence so our dogs, Max and Moo, cannot escape... again!)
I have just completed our Tax for the 2011-2 Tax Year, and have had to make some tough calls: John Dixon, Air Hawk and the Flying Doctor did not make a profit over the past year (only 350 books have found homes, with 650 copies still in our garage). Should Comicoz continue as a business, or should I consider making it a hobby? Something my Tax Agent has asked me to think about.
It sometimes takes something serious to happen to reflect on what is really important and what is not. Recently, Carlene has been experiencing chest pains that required investigating, and yesterday had to undergo an angiogram. She was lucky to be given the all clear (although that does not explain the source of the chest pains).
John Dixon continues to be in ‘OK’ health. His wife Sue has recently sent us this update. I trust they will not object to my sharing this with his many Fans:
John is doing OK and the Lewy Body Disease has progressed more these past few months than in the first years.
I think I first noticed a change in him about 8 years ago. I erroneously thought it was old age. Later I found out that dementia is not a normal part of aging. He still has a sense of humor and we enjoy eating out and going to the movies. I feel fortunate that he still recognizes everyone.
Sue and John
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