I have discovered in the past month or so that you published two Air Hawk reprint books in the past few years and I have gotten copies of both. I look forward to reading and enjoying. (The copy of the first one has an inscription and autograph from you, which is a nice bonus).
Like most comic strip fans in the USA, I discovered Air Hawk through the Menomonee Falls Gazette (I have a complete somewhat dog-eared set) and enjoyed it there; it became one of my favorites, which is saying a lot given the line-up over the years. I don't think any of the stories in your two books were reprinted in MFG; if so, they will still feel new to me now.
I even bought a daily original art many years ago from story 35 "Kamikaze" and still have it, framed.
Are there any current plans or availability of a third book? Comments both in the back of book two and on the Facebook page imply so, but those comments are two years old. Or sources to access other reprints?
Thanks for the effort put into these and into Australian comics history and preservation.
Thanks for your email.
A couple of things have prevented my moving forward towards a third volume in 2019:
1) My book distributor went belly-up just over a month ago, and,
2) My agreement with the late John Dixon has expired (although I am hopeful his son and daughter - who presently own the copyright - would likely allow me to proceed).
Given time, I will publish a third volume, although I cannot say when just yet.
Out of total curiosity, I'd love to know which original of "A Dove Named Kamikaze" you obtained - John very rarely sold his originals, so your reply will be interesting.
You now have, I am sure you will agree, some of the finest examples of comic strip artistry in your possession!
I thank you for your interest, and do encourage you to follow my web-blog, because I am most likely to make the announcements here first.
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