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?
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