Today is 5th January, the birth-date of Monty Wedd, one of Australia's greatest comic book writer and illustrators. Monty would have been 98 years "old" today -- if her were alive. It's the date, I usually make my announcement of what I consider to be The (with a capital "T") Best Australian Original Comic Book for the past 12 months. It is, as I have said before, purely a subjective award, one chosen by me, and has become a bit of a "tradition" as being the first Australian comic award announced each year. Well, unfortunately, one thing is going to stymie the announcement of the totally honorary "Award" this year.... I am working night duty!
I have in my mind, the work that I would like to honour. And, each year, I drag it out over this day's posting. This year, I thought I could 'drag it out' over a few days postings! So, look forward to the announcement in the days to come. In the meantime, let's give thanks to Monty Wedd -- his family kindly allowed me to publish another of his works in the past twelve months.... (In case you've been living under a rock, it's called "Bold Ben Hall" and I have been spruiking and praising it wherever I can this year!)
So, what has been worth celebrating in Australian comics over the past twelve months? Let me first share some that came into my consideration.... after a few days' work/sleep....
...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.