Sad to relate, but I need to report on the passing of an Australian Comic Book Icon, Monty Wedd, who passed away last Friday while we were on our way to Longreach. (Curse not taking my computer: I have only just now learnt of his passing.) I had known he had been unwell for some time, after Dorothy (and then son Justin) sent me news of his illness around Christmas last year... Monty was a kind, generous man, always willing to pass on information about Australian artists and cartoonists older than he was! One summer he kindly posted me his conversations ('interview') with Australian Artist/Cartoonist Syd Miller (I must dig it out sometime)...
Rather than go into details about his life*, let's remember that old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words....
*Anyone interested in learning more about Monty's life story, please click here ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Wedd
These images, I should point out are Copyright The Estate of Monty Wedd, and I am presently seeking permission to use them here and in a newspaper article I am working on...
Comicoz has had a long association with Monty. In John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine (Summer Edition of 1989) readers were invited to purchase copies of Monty's book "The Making of a Nation" (see above advertisement), and all copies in stock sold out... So much so, I didn't even end up with a copy myself!! Just before Monty's passing, Comicoz was in discussion with Monty's family about future possible projects. With all due respect for Monty's family, discussions will be suspended in order to allow the family to properly grieve ....
...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.