(Not that Comicoz was absent from Supanova. Frantz Kantor was at the Australian Cartoonists' Association stand on my behalf, spreading the good word about Oi Oi Oi! and his Magpie feature....)
I think what swayed me, in choosing between the two events, was Homecooked being a comics Festival. So, if you are in Melbourne next Sunday (May 1st), please come along to Northcote Town Hall (that's at 189 High Street, Northcote). All the activities begin at 12 and the gates close at 5 o'clock (5 p.m.). Entry is free! The whole Town Hall is filled with Comics. What other reason do you possibly need?
Ledger of Honour (Retired): Peter Chapman.
Ledger of Honour (Deceased): 'Syd' Nicholls (1896 - 1977).
It was also my great honour to be able to work behind the Ledger scenes, in contacting Syd's two daughters before the ceremony, so they were able to attend on the night. It would be remiss of me, if I didn't say that the contact was carried out with some great help from both Justin Wedd and Dorothy Wedd. I also volunteered to write a 2000 word appreciation of Syd Nicholls, with the text having to be written in a (very!) short period of time. Final last-minute editing assistance by both Lindsay Foyle and Graeme Cliffe should also be acknowledged!
Platinum Ledger (acknowledging those that best represent the ideals of the Ledger Awards): a well-deserved nod to Bernard Caleo.
I contemplated making an Editorial comment here about not so much the winners of the Major Awards, but of a possible public perception of the Major Ledger Awards in general. However, it may open me to criticism of sour grapes in not having any of my works being nominated (and, I confess, I was among many of a few creatives who were disappointed in not making the initial Short List), so I might best refrain from making any comments here altogether. Rather, I intend to eventually raise my thoughts with the organisers; as my thoughts are intended to be positive and constructive, and because I believe that the Ledgers are of integral importance to the local comic 'industry' and they need to continue. So, without further ado:
Neomad the Complete Collection by Sufu, Love Punks and Satellite Susters.
Oglaf by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne.
Fly the Colour Fantastica Anthology by Various Artists. (Everyone will know how I feel about these winners, given the way I championed this book during the year, and at my beginning of the year Comicoz Award announcement.)
The Diemenois by Jamie Clennett
Black Magick by Nicola Scott and Greg Rucka. (I'm unclear if Greg, the writer of this American-published comic shares the Award with Nicola, given that he is not Australian. And, my further question: does Sydney-based colourist Chiara Arena -- who drew the cover to Oi Oi Oi! Issue #5 -- get an award too?)
Maralinga by Jen Breach and Doug Holgate.
Evermore by Isabelle Carmody and Daniel Reed.
Cartoonist by Neale Blanden.
Art is a Lie by Susan Butcher and Carol Wood.
One further comment. The year's Annual give-away, recording all of the winners, is most impressive. Over the past two years ceremonies there has been a comic floppy to preserve the winners for posterity, and they have been worth hanging on to for that purpose. This year's was absolute step-up in quality; it really was first-class. I was most impressed and commend Bruce Mutard and his Fabliaux Team for such an excellent job. With thanks to punter Ian McCall, who was there for the occasion of the Ledger Awards while I was not, Comicoz has five copies of this Annual to give away for free to the first five people who were not able to attend and who leave messages below this blog entry. Go for it!