Many thanks to journalist Kerstin Kehren for the article on Monty Wedd's Ned Kelly book in today's Redcliffe & Bayside Herald. Great photograph too: and for that, let's give thanks to Chris Higgins!
Ned Kelly art back from dead
NEW BOOK REVIVES COMICS
THE work of comic artist Monty Wedd has been revived in a newly released book published by Margate resident Nat Karmichael.
Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd features the late artist's illustrated history of the legendary bushranger.
The comic strip was commissioned to coincide with the release of Mick Jagger's 1970 film Ned Kelly.
But what started as a limited 36-week run in the Sunday papers soon took on a life of its own.
"The more (Monty) investigated, the more he realised there was a bigger story there that (the) movie just wasn't touching and he felt `let's do a historically accurate depiction of his life'," Mr Karmichael said.
Wedd meticulously researched the comic strip's subject matter, visiting court houses where Kelly had been and using photos to inform his illustrations.
Mr Karmichael said the publication of Wedd's work through the new book had been driven by a desire to preserve his legacy.
"And it was a chance for people that were passionate about not only Ned Kelly, but also Monty's craft - his comic strip art - to be able to see the glorious detail he had in his artwork," he added.
The book was compiled with the support of Wedd's son, Justin.
Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd retails for $60 and is available from the Margate Post Office, at selected book-stores and online at comicoz.com/store.
...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.