It has always been my belief that Artists and Cartoonists should always be paid their worth. Many local Australian Artists and Cartoonists have been wonderfully generous in their willingness to allow me to publish their work in my on-going newsstand-released quarterly Anthology Oi Oi Oi! If you have read my Submission Guidelines, you will know that I allow the contributors an option of either being paid up front or having a deferred payment, based on a profit share of sales of the issue they appear in. As testament to their incredible generosity, most contributors who appeared in the First Issue chose to defer their payment.
Since yesterday, all contributors appearing in that First Issue have either been paid or are in the process of receiving payments for their contributions. All who deferred payment will be receiving a 10% bonus on what they would have received had they chosen to be paid up-front prior to publication. It is my way of saying a sincere "Thanks" to them for their faith in my fledgling publication.
If I could, I'd also like to say "Thanks" to all Readers who purchased a copy, or who wrote about the magazine (whether they liked some, all or none of the contents). Lessons have been learned and - I believe - improvements have been made on subsequent Issues. (The Second, on sale nationally in Australian newsstands right now, contains many pages in colour.) The experience has not diminished my resolve to try to establish a nationally-released Aussie comic magazine, so that it can be available to all types of readers: from those in the country or in remote locations just as much as it can be accessed by readers in the cities. At this present time, I am working on the Fourth Issue of Oi Oi Oi!...
The total sales of the First Issue came to 552 copies (of a 5000 print run). You don't need me to do the Maths for you. That's 11% sold. Totally disappointing. But one I resolved to share with you. If you care, please share a copy of the Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi! with a friend this Christmas. It's on the newsstands now. Inside you will find some fine stories by many great Australian Artists and Cartoonists....
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