Oi Oi Oi! Issue #7 is likely to be a future comic Collector's Item.
It features Magpie (created by Andrez Bergen and Frantz Kantor) and is the first Australian Superhero character to appear nationally on the local newsagent stands for over TWENTY years. Other features in the issue is the continuing Seven saga (Episode #5) written by Alisha Jade, and a brand-new (and very FUNNY) feature Preston Peace by Dillon Naylor and Jason Towers. Without giving too much away, there is a very literary piece by Frank Candiloro that will highlight the potential for the comic medium. And a wonderful first fantasy episode Goblins in College by the wonderfully talented Rene Pfitzner rounds out this issue that has already attracted some welcome media attention.
On sale today for $7.95 at newsagents around the country. 44 pages, 24 in colour. To find your local stockist, please click here and enter your postcode at the foot of the article.
For those who read my posts often, you will know all this. I am repeating myself. This is most similar to my last post. I know and you know. I simply ask that you be quietly smug about this, secure in the knowledge that you are a well-informed Oi Oi Oi! and Comicoz reader, and the type of reader that deserves to have variation in these postings. But we have to be tolerant of new readers and welcome them aboard (which is what we are doing here). It is important to welcome people. We have a beautiful country and a wonderful comic and we all should be big enough to share these things. So, go out and about today and purchase a SECOND copy (just as you have read this posting before) and give another copy to someone you Love. It will make this country a better place, and you will have made a difference.
Comicoz' new edition of Oi Oi Oi! is being released this Friday! And while pre-publication talk has been centred around the new female superhero Magpie, created by Frantz Kantor and Andrez Bergen, there are a whole lot of other reasons to be excited about all the internal stories to Issue Number #7....
The cover is by Alisha Jade, and her Seven story continues its serialisation in the issue (it's Episode Five: have you been keeping up to date?!). There is a new series beginning this issue called Preston Peace that I dare you NOT to find funny! It was created by Jason Towers and Dillon Naylor who contribute to this first self-contained episode. A lyrical piece by Frank Candiloro is worth the price of admission alone; see if it doesn't make you realise how much potential comics have as a medium to entertain and educate. Finally, Rene Pfitzner rounds out the issue with a beautiful fantasy piece called Goblins at College.
Oi Oi Oi! goes on sale in many Australian Newsagents this Friday February 19th, and retails for $7.95 It is distributed by Integrated Publication Solutions (click here for more details) and has been the feature News Story on their website.
Subscribers are having their copies posted to them today (with Oi Oi Oi!'s Special Nostalgia Edition that is ONLY available to Subscribers). I am getting ready to issue a special Media Release to media outlets. Given this is the First Australian Superhero to appear in a comic released in Australian newsagents for over 20 years, I feel the story is worth shouting out about! Clearly this is the most anticipated Australian comic magazine to appear in many years! I'm also preparing my visit to Canberra to attend and speak at the inaugural Australian Comic Art Festival (this Saturday and Sunday), where I hope to meet many Australian comic Fans! If you are planning on going, please come up to me and say "Hullo"!
Or "G'day!" if you'd rather....
It doesn't rain, but it sometimes POURS! And around Comicoz HQ, that's exactly how it is right NOW, with the arrival of not one, but TWO editions of OiOiOi! Which can only mean one thing -- the mowing won't get done this weekend!
Yes, the highly anticipated arrival of Oi Oi Oi!'s Seventh Issue has arrived! And with it, how could you have missed all the advance reviews and publicity surrounding Magpie (created by Andrez Bergen and Frantz Kantor)... the First Australian Superhero to appear in Australian newsagents for over twenty years. But wait! There's more! There's also the EXCLUSIVE arrival of Oi Oi Oi!'s Special Nostalgia Edition.
In case you are late to hear the news, the ONLY way you can get your hands on a copy of the Special Nostalgia Edition, is by taking out a Subscription. Click here for details. Tonight, I am madly packing copies that will go to all the Contributors to these fantastic editions. Tomorrow, I will begin packing copies for all the Subscribers! Is that you? Why would you want to miss out? Subscribe today!
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There are so many things going around at Comicoz HQ these days, that I really have not had time to record any of it! Naturally, people who read this Blog in the future are going to be bitterly disappointed that nothing has been recorded. But, you know, sometimes it is not all about me! There are many quiet activities going on that are impacting on the future researching needs of our Australian comic book heritage, that (for once?) I feel I should highlight and acknowledge the wonderful work carried out by these researchers. Click here and take some time out to read and learn of the work being carried out by one in particular, Alison Carriage, at the National Library of Australia.
My thanks to Jan Rhoades for alerting me to this detailed Blog this morning.
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 has been 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