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!
...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.