I have just returned from the Australian Cartoonists' Association's Premier Event for the Year - the 2011 Stanley Awards, held last night (November 12th) at the Mercure Sydney . For those unable to attend and for posterity, here are a list of the winners of the Awards:
Illustrator: Anton Emdin
Comic Strip Cartoonist: Tony Lopes
Single Gag Cartoonist: Andrew Weldon
Caricaturist: David Rowe
Editorial/Political Cartoonist: David Pope
Comic Book Artists: David Follett
Other Awards given on the night included:
The Australian Cartoonists Hall of Fame: May Gibbs
Outstanding Contribution to Australian Cartooning: Rolf Heimann
Best Cartoon on the Night: Nat Karmichael *
Cartoonist of the Year: Anton Emdin
*I don't include this here with the thought of being boastful. It was an absolute shock (and honour!) to have won this Award on the night and join others who have won this Award in the past.... And that includes James Kemsley (1985), Gary Clark (1997), Gerard Piper (2000), as well as some of last night's winners: Tony Lopes in 2001 and David Follett in 2005. Maybe I should be grateful Neil Matterson wasn't able to attend....! Neil has won Best Cartoon on the Night four times in the past: 1988, 1990, 1999 and 2009 - at least once every decade!
Anyway, just so you don't think I am blowing my own tune, my next Blog posting will be detailing the events of the Conference that was held during the days of Friday and Saturday; and especially those that I think are of pertinence to Comicoz...
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