Today is 5th January, the birth-date of Monty Wedd, one of Australia's greatest comic book writer and illustrators. Monty would have been 98 years "old" today -- if her were alive. It's the date, I usually make my announcement of what I consider to be The (with a capital "T") Best Australian Original Comic Book for the past 12 months. It is, as I have said before, purely a subjective award, one chosen by me, and has become a bit of a "tradition" as being the first Australian comic award announced each year. Well, unfortunately, one thing is going to stymie the announcement of the totally honorary "Award" this year.... I am working night duty!
I have in my mind, the work that I would like to honour. And, each year, I drag it out over this day's posting. This year, I thought I could 'drag it out' over a few days postings! So, look forward to the announcement in the days to come. In the meantime, let's give thanks to Monty Wedd -- his family kindly allowed me to publish another of his works in the past twelve months.... (In case you've been living under a rock, it's called "Bold Ben Hall" and I have been spruiking and praising it wherever I can this year!)
So, what has been worth celebrating in Australian comics over the past twelve months? Let me first share some that came into my consideration.... after a few days' work/sleep....
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