Today marks the beginning of the Ned Kelly Weekend at Beechworth in Victoria (click here for more information), and I had planned to go, if only my roster had allowed me to do so. So, for anyone who does go, please let me know how the weekend went and make me extremely jealous... In the meantime, to ease my disappointment somewhat, I see that Mark Juddery's article on Monty Wedd's Ned Kelly (and other Australian comic superheros) was published in The Spectator this week. Thanks, Mark! For future posterity, here is a transcript of the article...
Aussie superheros It's time to tap into our rich comic-book heritage and make some movies, starting with The Southern Squadron
...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.