The two Platinum Awards (which the comic-come-booklet commemorating the occasion for some reason left out) were awarded to the late John Ryan (as detailed in my previous Blog) and Brisbane-based Alisha Jade. Alisha has published many mini-comics in the short time she has been in the scene (all of them well-written and a delight to the eye), as well as her serialised Seven books (that runs in Oi Oi Oi!, with the fifth volume having just been released). Alisha also organised the recent Minicomicon at the Edge (also recently detailed on this Blog), at Southbank. Her speech was impassioned and well-received; her Award, well-deserved.
Frankie Holliday by Nick Lawson (click here for the link).
Gente Corriente by Vincent Zabus and Sydney-based Thomas Campi (link here). I don't think there is an English version... yet.
Monster Zero by Frank Candiloro (link here).
Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye by Tim Molloy (link here).
Ned Kelly by Monty Wedd (no link needed, surely?!).
Squishface Brunstown with various artists from Melbourne's Squishface Studios (link here). I don't think any more copies are now available...
Here (at left) is what a Bronze Ledger looks like! With thanks to Monty Wedd and his Family, it was a great honour to accept this on behalf of his family and all who worked on the Ned Kelly book....
Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land Save Xmas by Dean Rankine (click here for the link). Not an Official Link, but a link to allow you to obtain a copy of the magazine.
Very Quiet, Very Still by Chris Gooch (link here).
There were two Gold Award winners this year.
Mentioned on this Blog previously, Awkwood by Jase Harper (click here for the link), and,
Pinocchio by writer David Chauvel and artist Tim McBurnie (here is the link).
Congratulations to all winners from Comicoz!
Special mention should also be given to the Sponsors, the M.C. (Bernard Caleo, who again did a marvellous job), to the Judges, and the head organiser, Mr Gary Chaloner. Well done, all!
But I become somewhat melancholy and ill at ease with the knowledge that I am preaching to a small percentage of the large crowds, who have mostly come for reasons other than comics. Most have come to celebrate the pervading Americanisation of our culture and give it no thought, and this leaves me with so many mixed feelings that I (frequently during the course of the Supanova days) become so saddened that I vow to never go again... Which, of course, never happens. I go to Melbourne's event, then a week later I am the Gold Coast's...
Yet there are many bright spots. One (in Melbourne): discovering (in a retailer's box of discards) a mint copy of Captain Sunshine from 1979 for only $10....and then being able to go to Colin Wilson's stand and getting the Master himself to personalise it with his signature...never, ever to go on eBay....