I was in a bit of a dilemma with the Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi! I was given the opportunity to publish two great works by two great female artists...but both looked good in colour. The First Issue of Oi Oi Oi! was in black and white, and my contributor guidelines had clearly indicated that the preferred medium was to be in black and white. So what would you have done?
Caitlin Major is an illustrator and animator from Brisbane and best known for "Space Pyrates", a web-comic that she co-created with Matthew Hoddy and now available in two volumes (click here for the link). Caitlin and Matt moved to Toronto (in Canada) recently, where she say she "loves to draw magical girls and cuties". I came across Caitlin's "Milly" comic work when I first met Caitlin (and Matthew) at the Gold Coast Supanova earlier this year, and thought at the time it deserved a wider Australian audience. It was the story structure that really interested me: in a short space of time, one gets the feel and really cares for the character...
Scarlette Buccini calls herself a 'scientist, musician, big sister and cartoonist'. Although these days, I would have to say, she is concentrating on being a musician. Her band, Dear Plastic, has just (three days ago) released their first album "The Thieves are Babes" on iTunes. (Here's the link!) Scarlette's comic book work is reasonably well-known within the Melbourne comic community. Her zombie girl character Zombolette, (with pet guinea pig Cameron), has been compiled in the one volume from fellow Australian comic book publisher Milk Shadow Books (click here for the link). However, when Scarlette said she had a story "too short to publish" and that she was "not really sure what to do with it"... well, how could I resist??
I am pleased to announce that, because both of these stories read better in colour, both of these stories have been printed in full glorious colour! That's right! Sixteen pages of Oi Oi Oi!'s Second Issue -- out this Thursday, in newsagents all around this country -- are in colour! How can you not support these fine 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 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