On June 22nd, the Sales Figures for Issue #7 of Oi Oi Oi! came in. They were distressing. It was the first time the sales of the magazine did not pay for the costs of the distribution. I have a $2,000 distribution bill associated with Issue #7.
Let me publically share some costs related to the publishing of this magazine:
Cover artwork costs are between myself and the artist, so let me just say that I pay more for cover art than I do for an individual story.
For each 8 page story I pay $300. There were five stories in Issue #7.
Most issues have had a 4 to 5,000 newsagent print run, and Distribution costs are just under $1 a copy (sold or not).
The newsagents take a 25% cut of the retail price.
I leave you to do the Maths.
Since that time, I have pondered long and hard on the future of the magazine, and I seriously was contemplating ending the magazine after Issue #9. It will still come out and it will be the biggest Edition of Oi Oi Oi! yet (in a way you won't believe) -- just you wait and see! Issue #9 is actually the tenth in the series (remember, the Special Nostalgia Edition was un-numbered), so it would have been a good number to end on.
Ending the series would allow me to work on other projects, like Bold Ben Hall (and there is a movie coming out soon, so a good time to work on it), another Air Hawk volume, one on Ginger Meggs, or works by Phil Belbin and/or Emile Mercier. Or other innumerable projects that I have begun or have talked about working on....
Instead, I was convinced (thank you Jason Towers!) of not cancelling it, but simply putting Oi Oi Oi! on hiatus. I plan on continuing Oi Oi Oi! -- perhaps putting out an annual newsstand issue around Christmas time (in 2017), and sporadic issues throughout the years available at the Fan-venues that have taken place in our communities. (And, hopefully, in some of the Australian comic shops.) So, rather than Oi Oi Oi! ending, it is simply changing into a different creature. I have extended the deadline for the artists keen on seeing their work in print for Issue #9 (to mid-August), and I am working on other plans that I shall share with you on these pages in the months ahead...
Here's a clue about one of them....
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
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.