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Salisbury man's comic no joke

    * Local News

2 Nov 10 @ 03:00pm by Katelin Nelligan

ZOMBIES invading St Kilda, blood spurting from mummies and
skeletons walking the Earth - it is all in Darren Koziol’s comic book.

It was the Salisbury resident’s lifelong love of comics that prompted him to make his own.
The first issue of Decay was published in March after a year of planning. Mr Koziol says it has since grown to become
the largest Australian-made comic series being sold. “We have so many talented artists and writers in Australia and I
hope this will give them an opportunity to keep their work here, rather than going overseas,” he says.

The 36-year-old edits, publishes and commissions work for the comic, as well as writing some of the stories. One story called Oz Zombie involved a zombie invasion across the world, with scenes set in St Kilda, Semaphore and the Adelaide CBD. “It’s important to make the comic something people in Australia can identify with,” he says. “I’m hoping that will help to boost its popularity, because most comics that can be bought here are from the US or UK. I love cars, so I make a point of using Australian cars in all my comics.”

Mr Koziol says he has been thrilled to have famous artists and writers, such as David DeVries, Glenn Lumsden and Dave Heinrich, calling him to be part of the project. “These guys have been involved in projects like The Phantom and Batman overseas, so to have them knocking on my door, offering their work for free, is just amazing,” he says. As for the future, Mr Koziol has his sights set on the big screen. “I’m hoping we can branch off into other things.
“We’ve got some children’s books in the works and I’ve also been in touch with people from the film industry. “Everyone’s so excited to be involved in producing something here in Australia.”

Decay is available from Kollectable Kaos, Research Rd, Pooraka, and comic specialty shops in the city.

Sponsors needed. DARK OZ is urgently seeking funds to continue printing DECAY, which promotes the works of dozens of Australian creators. Please contact us if you can help in any way. Everyone else: keep buying DECAY and spread the word. With more funds DARK OZ can continue attracting great creative talents, continue raising the quality of the comics, and publish more comic books, as there's plenty of talented creators out there.
Lance Henriksen has his copy of DECAY
DECAY creator/editor Darren Koziol with Laura Vandervoort. Laura has her copy of DECAY.
DECAY #15 - March 2013.
The 3-year anniversary issue of DECAY has been one of the most popular issues to date, with one of the stories from this issue, 'Death From Above', also being selected (by Kevin Eastman) to run in Heavy Metal magazine (issue #268, May 2014). This is the first time that an issue of DECAY has been released with multiple covers, by a line up of incredible Aussie creators. There are 10 stories in total, including two "Sisters" stories and four "Oz Zombie" tales (by four different writers).
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DECAY #17
"OZPLOITATION"
issue

A 'Mature Readers' title, definitely not for the squeamish, from some of the best creators in Australia. Classic exploitation and Ozploitation comes to life in DECAY, in the classic tradition of cult movies from the 70's and 80's. There are five complete stories featuring some very disturbing subject matter, over the top violence, nudity and plenty of gore.
Retro Sci-Fi Tales #1

Take a nostalgic trip to the good old days of science fiction, with seven all-new stories written and drawn as if we were living in the past imagining the future. This is a PG rated comic but aimed at the adult market. Fans of classic science fiction will love the stories and fantastic art in this issue from many of the best in the industry. Each short story opens with its own splash page 'cover', as if to another fictional magazine. There are a total of nine splash-pages/'covers' and seven complete short stories. This issue is 52 pages in full colour and is selling super fast. There is some amazing work in this comic, as sampled in the images here.

52 pages, full colour, seven stories, nine 'covers', nineteen contributors in total. $14 per copy, including postage in Australia.
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DECAY #17
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DECAY #18
September 2014

Thirteen complete stories by two-dozen amazing creators. Awesome front cover by Nahum Ziersch. 28-pages in colour, 24 in B&W. Two stories of the sexy Vampire 'Sisters', including "Class of 2014". "Bacchus Marsh - the Werewolves of Melbourne" with an amazing back cover by Chris Wahl.
DECAY #19
April 2015
(seven variant covers)

DECAY #19 sees the return to comics of some of Australia's favourite independent characters from the 80's & 90's: Bug & Stump, Hairbutt The Hippo, Da 'n' Dill, The Southern Squadron, The Dark Nebula, and Greener Pastures.
    Original creator Dave de Vries has written The Southern Squadron's first story in over 15 years, with incredible art by Dragan Vignjevic. Tad Pietrzykowski and Colin Wells bring The Dark Nebula back to comics. Dillon Naylor and Greg Gates supply an all new story of Da 'n' Dill. Jason Paulos returns with Hairbutt The Hippo. John Petropoulos and Mark Sexton liven things up with Bug & Stump. And Michael Michalandos and Tim McEwen give us Trevor in Greener Pastures.
    All this behind seven variant covers. Plus The Sisters and Oz Zombie. It's all barely contained within the pages.

52 pages, 46 in colour, eight stories, seven variant covers. $14 per copy (including postage in Australia).
Retro Sci-Fi Tales #2
April 2015

Amazing stories and incredible art, you'll love everything about this issue. There are six super cool 'retro' inspired science fiction stories, including two serialised stories (to be continued in issue #3). Dinosaurs, damsels in distress, WWII battleships going back in time, Martians, flying saucers, Amazon women on alien planets, and more dinosaurs. It's an action packed blast from the past, with a new 'cover' before each story (by some of Australia's top illustrators). This issue is simply stunning - fantastic stories and amazing art in full colour. Just superb. Order NOW!!!

52 pages, full colour, six stories, eight 'covers'. $14 per copy (including postage in Australia).
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'zombiefied'
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DECAY #20

'Blazing Combat' Aussie horror style, zombies, Vampires, aliens, telepaths - great stories and amazing art for this BIG 20th issue.

52 pages, 40 in colour, nine stories, eighteen contributors in total. $8 per copy (at shops and conventions), or $12 including postage in Australia.
CTHULHU
(DECAY #12 remastered)

Coloured and formatted to US comic book size. This is the FIRST ever issue of DECAY at regular US comic book size.

48 pages in full colour, four complete Cthulhu stories, sixeen contributors in total. $10 per copy (at shops and conventions), or $14 including postage in Australia.
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DECAY #21

Another 'Ozploitation' issue is here!!! Violent, sick, horrific - everything you love and demand - hey, the last 'Ozploitation' issue is the best selling issue of DECAY ever!!!     This issue has TWO variant covers!

Creators include: Ben Sullivan, Dave Dye, Dean Rankine, Alister Lockhart, Kurt Stone, Dragan Vignjevic, Karl Brandt, Nicole Kane, and Darren Koziol.

$8 per copy (at shops and conventions), or $12 including postage in Australia.
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Retro Sci-Fi Tales #3

The next eagerly awaited issue is here, with more amazing stories and incredible art. The cute and sexy 'Marilyn' returns in a new 9-page story! Both Penny Powers and Space Pirates continue. Plus Axis Alliance, Lost in Time and Foe Killer Jones. SIX awesome stories and eight fantastic 'covers'.
Creators include: Michal Dutkiewicz, Paul Mason, Greg Holfeld, Matt Kyme, Sarah Murray, Sacha Bryning, Frantz Kantor, Alister Lockhart, Pat McNamara, Tristan Tait, Matt James, John Ciarfuglia, Sean Krauter, Carlos Angeli, Ben Sullivan, Danny Nolan, April Hammond and Darren Koziol.

$10 per copy (at shops and conventions), or $14 including postage in Australia.
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DECAY #21 - cover A
DECAY #21 - cover B