One comic Anthology that hasn't recieved the kudos that it deserves is Fist Full of Comics from Adelaide. I only learnt of this comic when I was doing an internet search for something else. My memory is hazy about the exact details of what I was searching for on that day because my life is so busy! None the less, after learning about the Anthology, I ordered all thirteen Issues in one hit (and you can more or less do the same thing too, by ordering from the website by clicking here). Although I note that some of the Editions have already sold out. (There are a couple of compilations of some of the more popular stories from the series available on the web-site as well.) I must assume that from the numbering of the Issues (i.e. Volume 3 Number 10 for example) that there were two previous sets to the comic. That is, there was a Volume 1 and a Volume 2 at some stage
Click here for more information. Volume 3, Number 14 is one editon that has sold out: a personal nuisance, as it had not been released when I ordered the Back Issues and I did not buy a copy when it came out (and thus, I am left dangling not knowing how some of the continued stories finished). I am left with the impression that Number 14 was the last in the series (although I will be happy to find out this is not the case), for reasons I am not clear about. I thought the quality of the art and stories improved throughout the run, with Dave Hodson's "Anyhowtown" a personal favourite.
The colour covers were well designed and with plenty of variety to attract the casual buyer. The fact it has managed to reach Issue 14 without much fanfare is testament to the fine stories you will find within. It is regulation comic-book size, with 28 black and white pages earlier in its run (rising to 36 pages from Issue 10). Issue 14 ran for a massive 44 pages. Back Issues were about a very reasonable $8 per issue (plus postage costs). Did I mention I wasn't able to obtain a copy of Issue 14? (Sulk sulk...!!)
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS! to Fist Full of Comics for reaching a 14th Edition...and I, for one, am hoping they can go further...
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Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
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.