The Nominations for the 2015 Ledger Awards are now open!
From the Comicoz stable, I have nominated every comic related book published in 2014 for these Awards. I do urge every comic creator to do likewise! You can view the "Long List" (everyone who nominates) by clicking here. No doubt this will be quite a substantial list when entries eventually close!
From Comicoz, I have nominated:
Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd,
Oi Oi Oi!, and.
Rob Feldman's Cartoons, Comics and Cows in Cars
(My favourite book of 2014...although you know I am biased!)
Comicoz Principal Nat Karmichael (this is weird talking about myself in the third person!) has nominated Montague Thomas Archibald ("Monty") Wedd for the 2015 Platinum Ledger that "acknowledges individuals from the past and present and their contributions to the [comic] art form". Naturally, Monty would be in the "inactive" category ('a person deceased or retired from the rich past of Australian comics who helped shape the art form in some meaningful way'). Last year, I was honoured to accept the Award on behalf of John Dixon.
This is what I wrote about Monty Wedd in my nomination of him for the 2015 Award:
Monty Wedd (1921 - 2012) was passionate about Australia and Australian History. In his later years, he attempted to share this passion with his historical weekly newspaper features: Ned Kelly (1974), Bold Ben Hall (1977) and The Making Of A Nation (1988).
Earlier in his career, after a stint in the armed service during World War II (both in the Australian Army AND the Royal Australian Air Force!), Monty was active during the Golden Age of Australian Comics (1942 - 1960). He created many comics, with his most memorable characters being The Scorpion and Captain Justice.
Monty was so passionate about Australian History that he established the Monarch Museum in 1960 (and still running in Williamtown, near Newcastle). He also helped usher in history, with his daily comic strip Dollar Bill (1965-1966) educating the Australian public about the conversion of our currency from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents.
Monty was also a pioneer in the Australian animation industry, working as a layout artist in the early 1970s on Marco Polo Junior verses The Red Dragon, The Lone Ranger, Rocket Robin Hood and Super Friends (and more). The book that he illustrated, Australian Military Uniforms 1800 - 1992, remains a seminal reference work in its field.
Monty contributed a monthly comic strip to Stamp News, and for many years illustrated stories in The Australian Children's Weekly.
Monty Wedd shaped the art form with his passionate belief that not only could comics entertain, they could also educate Australians about our own history.
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