Many thanks to journalist Kerstin Kehren for the article on Monty Wedd's Ned Kelly book in today's Redcliffe & Bayside Herald. Great photograph too: and for that, let's give thanks to Chris Higgins!
Ned Kelly art back from dead
NEW BOOK REVIVES COMICS
THE work of comic artist Monty Wedd has been revived in a newly released book published by Margate resident Nat Karmichael.
Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd features the late artist's illustrated history of the legendary bushranger.
The comic strip was commissioned to coincide with the release of Mick Jagger's 1970 film Ned Kelly.
But what started as a limited 36-week run in the Sunday papers soon took on a life of its own.
"The more (Monty) investigated, the more he realised there was a bigger story there that (the) movie just wasn't touching and he felt `let's do a historically accurate depiction of his life'," Mr Karmichael said.
Wedd meticulously researched the comic strip's subject matter, visiting court houses where Kelly had been and using photos to inform his illustrations.
Mr Karmichael said the publication of Wedd's work through the new book had been driven by a desire to preserve his legacy.
"And it was a chance for people that were passionate about not only Ned Kelly, but also Monty's craft - his comic strip art - to be able to see the glorious detail he had in his artwork," he added.
The book was compiled with the support of Wedd's son, Justin.
Ned Kelly, Narrated and Illustrated by Monty Wedd retails for $60 and is available from the Margate Post Office, at selected book-stores and online at comicoz.com/store.
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