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
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.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he has been the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books