Phantom Copyright King Features
Some time ago, I wrote a entry in this Blog expressing my concern about the future of Sydney publisher Frew's The Phantom following the sudden and sad death of Jim Shepherd. It seems I needn't have worried! I see in my local newsagency that Issue #1700 is on now sale. That is certainly no mean feat! So, Congratulations Judith Shepherd, on just a remarkable local publishing milestone! At $3.50, 36 black and white newsprint pages, The Phantom is still a remarkably cheap investment. Sadly, there are so few comics on sale on our Australian newsagency stands: the only other I saw was the British weekly 2000AD. If there WERE other local (Australian) comics on sale and available at a reasonable price, would the Australian public support it? I would like to think so, but to test it out it would mean someone with a willingness to put up some serious money, a product that was modern and appealed to an everyday Aussie, as well as being superior to any other overseas product. Is anyone willing to give it a go?
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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.