I have left until today the announcement of the Comicoz Award for Best Australian Original Comic Book for 2013. 93 years ago today (January 5th) Monty Wedd was born. The symbolism of this Award being proclaimed on the birth-date of one of Australia’s greatest comic book artists was too great an opportunity to miss!
The Award does not bring its recipient any monetary rewards or worldly acclaim, and the Award bestowed is totally an honorary one. After all, as this Blog only has (ahem!) a modest daily readership – even when a weekly post is not written – and there is little likelihood that the Award will translate into any increased sales. But Awards are fun things and they generate discussion, which is healthy for our medium
As writer of the Blog, I make the decision and I am not bribed into choosing the recipient. The Award is simply my summation of who I think is deserving of it, based on the Australian comic books I have read during the past twelve months. As a Reader, you are welcome to disagree and make your thoughts known, but I shall not change my mind, and the Award will still stand…
The winner of the Comicoz Award for Best Australian Original Comic Book for 2013 is....(drumroll, drumroll)....
.... “The Long Weekend in Alice Springs” adapted by Josh Santospirito from an essay by Craig San Roque.
Reviewed earlier this year in our July Blog (dated July 2nd), this book, set in the Central Australian town of Alice Springs, provokes thought and (as I said at the time) “is a brave and ground-breaking tale”. It never panders to the reader; it challenges them to think about the Australian psyche, and is an intelligent read, certainly not one for those readers seeking an easy escapism.
Copies of the book are available for $35 from San Kessto Publications. Click here to be taken to their web-page.
...acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Australian peoples.
Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
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.