West End’s Junky Comics is host to an exhibition of underground comic art from long running Brisbane anthology Phatsville Comix beginning on Sunday 16th August. The exhibition will feature select pages of original art from the comic which has been running for 13 years and 19 issues. The official opening of the exhibition is at 4pm on Sunday 16th August, and the work will remain available to view throughout August.
An accompanying publication featuring the work will be available for purchase at the store. Phatsville Comix founders; Ben Sea, J-Stew, Glenn (Bad Teeth) Manders and Giles will show their work alongside other talented creators from Australia’s comics scene including Ben Hutchings, Glenno Smith, Jase Harper and Dean Rankine.
Junky Comics (click here for a link), has also become a hub for Brisbane comics artists to connect and share their work. Junky has become known for its stock of great alternative titles selectively imported from niche publishers abroad as well as its wide selection of local mini comics and zines, including Phatsville Comix.
Phatsville Comix began in Brisbane in 2002 when five animation students worked together to create a comic book free of editorial constraints and economic imperatives. What was born of this group was an underground comic with a punk rock aesthetic. Since its inception Phatsville Comix has attracted an audience that hungers for the surreal and offbeat stories not offered by mainstream companies. Click here for a link to their Facebook page....
Some of Australia’s most talented comic artists have contributed to the comic over the subsequent years, showing the respect and broad appeal that the book has garnered. The open door policy to submissions has also meant that many young artists have had a chance to see their work in print for the first time.
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