The Second Issue of Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! is going to be released in many good Australian newsagents this coming Thursday. I am so excited about this edition, because it is a giant leap up in quality from Issue One. Over the next few days on this Blog, there might be an opportunity to tell you, Dear Reader, about what you can expect to see within those pages...!
In Philip Bentley's review of the First Issue (see last Blog), he felt there was no collective theme running through the magazine. And with this Second Issue, this is addressed! (The Third Issue plans to revert back onto chaos like the First, but that's a story for another day...!) This Second Issue features all the best in Australia's Female Artists and Cartoonists!
The Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi! features three Brisbane-based Artists, and today I will speak of two of them. I have already spoken highly of Mel Stringer in an earlier posting (when I admired her work in the now sadly-defunct Rave Magazine), so everyone will know how honoured I feel to have her work in Oi Oi Oi!
Mel describes herself as "a regular zine maker and day dreamer". One of her most recent endeavours had been invited into a duo art exhibition in Japan curated by Yoshitomo Nara; and I recently saw a copy of the programme in the gift-shop of the Queensland Museum of Modern Art. She has also launched Girl Glue, a bi-monthly zine "dedicated to showcasing female artists and inspiring girl creative", although I must confess to not yet having seen a copy. Read about it here.
Mel's brand new story for Oi Oi Oi! is called "Lost Dog". I was concerned that the translation on the printed page would be difficult, given that Mel supplied the work in pencil. However, Mel felt that to ink it, the story would lose some of its spontaneity. With a fine collaboration between Mel and Oi Oi Oi! Designer, Ryan McDonald-Smith, as well as a great printing job, a perfect synthesis has been made!
I made absolutely no changes to work by another Brisbane Artist, Alisha Jade. Alisha describes herself as "an independent creator with a passion for minicomics, copic markers and dark tales". Alsiha's story "Seven" is going to be the first on-going series to appear in Oi Oi Oi! and the first episode will appear in the Second Issue. I am really excited about this tale, because you can tell the work is one of an artist working on something that really excites her!
There was a band in Brisbane a few years back called The Five, and their 'gimmick' (if you want to call it that) was their plan was to release their music in five different ways (CD, sheet music, EP, live and...er, I have forgotten the fifth!). They planned on playing five live shows and then breaking up! How wonderful! I only got to see one show -- but it was a beauty!
Alisha has taken a most similar concept into her story! She plans on releasing seven volumes of "Seven", each book containing seven chapters and each chapter containing seven pages! And with Oi Oi Oi! seeking eight pages of story, by adding an extra title page, it seemed an ideal inclusion. (It also guarantees Alisha an appearance in the magazine until our 50th issue!)
In 'Real Life' Alisha works as a Project Manager, which is why (she says) she is becoming even more productive!
Tomorrow, I will tell you more about what to expect in the Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi! Just remember, tell your friends and families -- it's out in the newsstands next Thursday!
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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.