You are now one of the FIRST people in the country to take a first look at the just completed cover to the Fourth Issue of Oi Oi Oi! (There will be no fanfare -- well, not just yet! -- about this upcoming edition.) And WHAT is The First Comic Strip all about?
"I found the story The First Comic Strip in the soon-to-be released Fourth Issue of Oi Oi Oi! to be a most powerful and compelling read. This is the best story I have read in years, In sharing such a strong message, it clearly demonstrates the still untapped potential of the comic medium in this country. I challenge you to read it and not be somehow emotionally moved." -- Nat Karmichael.
Here's the unsung hero of Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd, Rob Feldman's Cartoons, Comics and Cows in Cars, and of every issue of Oi Oi Oi! to date. Ryan McDonald-Smith is Comicoz' Interior Designer, and these books would not look as slick without Ryan's contribution. This is a picture of Ryan at his beloved computer, reminiscing about past glories. He is holding the Golden Stapler Award for Best Collaborative Zine 2014 for Oi Oi Oi! #1. Soon after this photo was taken, Ryan was re-chained to his desk, and he was not released until we completed the files to the Fourth Issue of the magazine today! Hoo-ray!
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