I'm presently working on a Special Nostalgia Edition of Oi Oi Oi! that will ONLY be available to Subscribers or those who committed to the Pozible Campaign. (Click here for details.) Although the Campaign has reached it's target, there are still three days to go until it closes. Still, all the work I am putting into the Special Nostalgia Edition, probably accounts for the nostalgic feelings that seems to be creeping in my bones lately. Or it is simply because it is my birthday tomorrow? Certainly a time to reflect and review the events of the past twelve months....
In the process of working on the issue, I have had to dig through my filing cabinet. This in turn, has lead to some personal discoveries, one of which I should share now (above). I have made a previous posting about Bil Keane (1922 - 2011) and his ties to my local community. This time I thought I would share a lovely letter I re-discovered last night. It's one he sent in response to a copy of my Air Hawk Magazine I sent him (given that he mentions Trundle, it would have to be Issue Four, with a five page Trundle feature inside).
I was actually in the filing cabinet trying (unsuccessfully, as it turned out) to find a self-portrait of Jim Stratmann for the magazine I am presently working on. Jim drew the illustration in 1983. I wonder how he has changed? It was only last week that - after a period of over thirty years - I was finally able to locate and get in touch with Jim. He has given me permission to use some material he supplied me all those years ago for this particular issue! I'll enclose a page below for you to read (one that I have shared with all Pozible Pledgers already).... I should keep working on it: and continue to enjoy the nostalgia it's evoking within me...
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