It's wonderful how everyone in the Comics Industry can sometimes help each other out...
Here's an example... Since I wrote that Blog about '2009: The Comicoz Year in Review' wherein I hoped that I would find tme to write to Comic Fan John Clements. Well, I did get around to writing, and John was kind enough to call me at home recently. In our conversation, John mentioned in passing that Roy Thomas, Editor of American Comics Fanzine Alter Ego was seeking to get in touch with the late John Ryan's family, after they had used some of his (John Ryan's) material as the basis of an article on Australian Comics...
To cut a long story short, I was able to get in touch with Roy and helped facilitate contact with the late John Ryan's family... A copy of the magazine with John's article is now winging its way to Australia... So: Many Thanks John!
Anyone interested in checking out or purchasing Alter Ego #51 can access the Fanzine at www.twomorrows.com - and just let them know Nat Karmichael of Comicoz sent you!
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