"Iron Outlaw is a minefield of commentary waiting to be misconstrued.
"We may not be sued but there would be definite attempts to shut it down and a name and shame campaign for those involved.
"We have a 1970 curiosity of a couple of young blokes attempting social engineering that has no place in today's world.
"I realise Nat that you ... would like to bring it to life and give it a new sense of place and value.
"I must say that the cost to our lives and reputations could far outlay [sic] the benefits.
"For these reasons I cannot have anything to do with a reprint of Iron Outlaw."
Sad and disappointed. That pretty-well sums up how I feel. For the third time this year, I've been denied permission to reproduce a property that I felt would have added to our collective comic history. The history of Ginger Meggs' cartoonists over the past one hundred years ("A Little Bit of Ginger" by Lindsay Foyle), the collected "Us Girls" by Syd Miller, and now "Iron Outlaw" by Graeme Rutherford and Greg Mac Alpine.
Still, I am always one to respect all creator's wishes (or the copyright holder, if it's the family of the creators). "No" means "No". Without permission I just have to let it go. Sad and disappointed I may be, I'll simply have to move on to other projects ...
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