Fourteen months ago today, my youngest daughter suffered a trauma that she has still not recovered from. Even with my Mental Health background I have found it difficult to come to terms with. I thought I should acknowledge today that although I may not have recognised it at the time, I have been affected (as have all who love my daughter). But for all those difficulties, they pale into insignificance compared to the adjustments that my lovely daughter has had to endure in trying to find and make sense of her place in her new world. However, rather than talking about my girl or the events that lead her there, I just wanted to spend a few moments thanking those who have been supportive of Rosanna, of my family and of myself in these past fourteen months...
During that time (just before the release of Issue #4), there was a small part of me that thought about altogether abandoning the publication of Oi Oi Oi! But it didn't happen -- instead, I threw myself full-pelt into working on the magazine (as well as a couple of books), and as a result the magazine has gone -- I feel -- from strength to strength. Right now, Issue Eight is soon about to be prepared for a printer. (I just have the small matter of an Editorial to write!) Its release will be a little late, and I do apologise for that. You see, a few things have happened behind the scenes recently that I ought to share with you...
King Wang, our printer's representative who has been with us since Issue One, has decided to move on and I am now contemplating changing printers. Between the Australian Comic Art Festival in early February and last weekend's Gold Coast's Supanova Pop Culture Expo (and more of that later), I have had an opportunity to take personal stock of my life...as well as make other future plans for Oi Oi Oi!
Yes, although there are some things in Life that we cannot change, there are many things we can do that make a difference in other people's lives. I am bursting with pride to announce that an Agreement has been made today between the charity CanTeen and Comicoz. Issue #9 of Oi Oi Oi! will be raising funds for this most worthy of causes. I'll share more details about this historic arrangement soon....
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