Arriving from the printer this morning: the proof copy of the Fifth Issue of Oi Oi Oi! to be exclusively released to coincide with the Copier Jam! Exhibition of comic and zine art at the Childers Festival in almost one month's time. The details are all above!
Comicoz is highlighting original artworks and prints from our First and Second Issues. Here's a chance to see (and in some cases buy) original artworks by Anton Emdin and Tony Thorne, or Limited Edition prints of works by SCAR Studios, Rob Feldman and Lesley Vamos.
Inside this print edition you will see some great Australian comic work by Chiara Arena (who drew the fabulous cover) and Ryan McDonald-Smith (who added the visual effects), as well as some great Australian comic stories by Alisha Jade, David Piper and Ian Thomas. This comic will be available at the special price of only $5.00. A special Guest Editorial by Copier Jam! curator Jeremy Staples is also included in the comic. Of course, if you just can't make it to Childers, you can always ensure you obtain your copy of Oi Oi Oi! by taking out a four issue subscription. All the details are on our Store Tab (above)...!!
Who remembers the comic strip Trundle? Not many, I'd wager, given that it appeared in two Australian newspapers, and only ran for just over a year. Although it did not appear in any Brisbane newspaper, and I did not have opportunity to read it daily, it was (and remains) one of my all-time favourite comic strips. Created in late 1987 by Australian cartoonist Neil Matterson, Trundle was (to my mind) Neil's creative peak. Certainly Neil has created many strips that have lasted longer and appeared in more newspapers (St Pips, It's a Baby), but none that pushed the boundaries of the genre in this country quite like Trundle. Today, Comicoz is proud to announce that it will be publishing a volume of Trundle cartoons in the coming months. For those who have never seen the strips, you are in for a wonderful treat. For those who do recall, you can once again get lost in the wonderful world of Trundle....
Way back on January 1st (this year), I wrote an email to 100 Australian artists and cartoonists, asking them if they would be interested in contributing to a comic anthology without reward. (I know that that would turn many off: most, understandably, would prefer paying jobs.) They were given a June 30 deadline to send in submissions. There are just over three weeks until the deadline closes, so I thought I would publicly announce these plans now. All contributors (50 male and 50 female) were invited to include a maximum of five pages in the volume with the theme of "Australia". The works are to be collated in a hardback book, with all proceeds from all sales going to a charity of my choice. After some negotiations, I am pleased to announce that all funds raised will go to beyondblue
As some of you know (and many of you don't) my daughter is presently receiving some on-going mental health input after a trauma in February. Even in my day to day work (as a Mental Health Nurse in a major Brisbane Hospital's Emergency Department), I sometimes come in contact people who work for this organisation. I am more than satisfied with my choice of charity to benefit from the sale of this book.
But do you know what? I have not come up with an idea for a name of the book! I welcome your input in coming up with a name and helping me out here... Please leave all thoughts in the Comments section of this blog.
Here are some pages from a book called "Truth, Justice and the American Way: The Joe Shuster Story". (Based the true events in the life of the artist who created Superman.) This Graphic Novel, was written by Julian Voloj and is in the process of being illustrated by Sydney-based Thomas Campi, whose work I absolutely adore. Although the work may not be finished for another eighteen months, I just had to sign: the work looks that brilliant. YES! I have been publishing comics and comic-related books since I was a teenager and today, many years later, for the very first time, I have signed my very first contract! This is a body of work I am really excited about. Here are some sample pages....
If you have enjoyed seeing these images, check out more on my May 26th posting...
Hopefully, over the next eighteen months, there will be some more sneak peeks at what will be a beautiful book! Plans already are for the First Edition to be a Limited Print run of only 500 copies....
Production on the Monty Wedd book Bold Ben Hall received a temporary set-back a couple of weeks ago, when difficulty arose when trying to source a suitable flat bed scanner. You see, the project is being worked from Monty's original artwork, with pages measuring up to 38 cm x 50 cm. But, now that we have reached a solution, it is all steam ahead! Thanks, Rosie: you've given yourself some work in the days ahead!
Just arrived this morning! Some photos that we are going to use for the cover. Here's one. It's the original Navy Colt Holster taken from Ben Hall’s body when he was shot in 1865. That's the degree of authenticity being brought to this project! Thanks, Alan for the photographs!
In the lead up to this year’s ZICS fair (Zine and Indie Comics Symposium, 21–23 August), I have been given an opportunity to assist people in learning more about comic book design and publication.
Last night Jeremy Staples and I managed an introductory workshop on Zines and Comics. It was great to see the enthusiasm in the participants -- all of who managed to get a small zine completed in the allotted time frame: super impressive!
My next (and first solo!) workshop will focus on the medium of comics and will be held this Sunday at The Edge (part of the State Library of Queensland). Participant will find out about where comics started and where they’re at now. Then we'll get down to business helping participants in creating their own comic, and learning techniques for editing, printing and publishing their creations! Who knows what talent may surface?!
For those interested, here's the link (click here).
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