A most literate and lucid Review of the First Issue of Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! (and fellow publisher Silent Army's anthology Dailies #4) can be found on Matt Emery's wonderful Pikitia Press Blog. (Click here for the link.) The review is the first in what is planned to be an on-going association with Australian comic luminary Philip Bentley. When Philip gives his constructive feedback it always comes with honesty, and from years of experience in the Australian comic arena. I have mentioned Philip's book A Life in Comics in a previous posting, so perhaps a quick recap of his background is in order.
Philip was one of the co-founders of Melbourne's Minotaur, working there from 1977 right up until 1989. From a creative perspective, he was Publisher/Editor of two 1980s publications Inkspots and Fox Comics. But for mine, his lasting legacy is going to be the sadly under-circulated magazine that he has been publishing since 2005: Word Balloons.
These self-published volumes feature in-depth interviews with many Australasian comic artists, writers, creators and publishers. As such, I see them as future reference material for future Comic Historians, where the material enclosed will be well-mined for information. The magazine also serves as a time capsule for the local comic scene, with Philip reviewing many publications since 2005 within the pages, which is a similar course that he plans to follow in his Pikitia Press contribution. Personally, I came across Philip's Word Balloons quite late in its run, but I highly recommend all people with a passion for the local medium pick up some (or all!) of the Back Issues Philip has on his own personal Blog. Click here for Philip Bentley's Fragments from a Second Shore.
(I note that Matt has the earlier issues (#1 through to #9) on his Pikitia Press store, accessible by clicking here.)
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