A run down on who was honoured at the Stanley Awards, organised by the Australian Cartoonists' Association at the Parramatta Novotel last Saturday night, with the recipients in bold.
Caricaturist, Sponsored by The Australian: Judy Nadin
Other nominees: Rod Emmerson, Terry Dunnett, Anton Emdin, Paul Harvey
Children’s Book Illustrator, Sponsored by Copyright Agency: Leigh Hobbs
Other nominees: Peter Sheehan, George Haddon, Jules Faber, Andrew Weldon
Comic Book Artist, Sponsored by Supanova: Glenn Lumsden
Other nominees: Roger Fletcher, Dean Rankine, Rob Feldman, Gavin Aung Than
(It was pretty gratifying to know, from a purely personal perspective, that both the winner and one of the nominees -- Rob Feldman -- had their comic work published by Comicoz in the past twelve months.)
Comic Strip Artist, Sponsored by the Herald Sun: Gary Clark
Other nominees: Tony Lopes, Jason Chatfield, Ian Jones, Glen Le Lievre
Editorial/Political Cartoonist, Sponsored by Media Super: Glen Le Lievre
Other nominees: David Pope, Christopher Downes, Mark Knight, Pat Campbell
Illustrator, Sponsored by Wacom: Anton Emdin
Other nominees: Pat Campbell, Glen Le Lievre, Warren Brown, Mark Sheard
Single Gag Cartoonist, Sponsored by The Walkley Foundation/MEAA: Matt Golding
Other nominees: Cathy Wilcox, Judy Horacek, Andrew Weldon, Robert Black
There were insufficient entries in the Animation category, so the Award was withheld this year.
Cartoonist of the Year, Sponsored by the Herald Sun: Glen Le Lievre
Other nominees: Anton Emdin, Christopher Downes, Mark Knight, Cathy Wilcox, Bill Leak
Jim Russell Award for Significant Contribution to Australian Cartooning: Gerald Carr
Australian Cartooning Hall of Fame: Geoff Hook, Ken Emerson, Eric Jolliffe
Best Cartoon on the Night: Rod Emmerson on the topic "Trumped".
If you are interested in seeing more photographs of the night, or a three page article on one of the Recipients listed above, then INKSPOT is the magazine for you! Inkspot is the Journal of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, and I am honoured to be the Editor. In the past week, I have been madly editing the next edition, so it is out before Christmas. I would dearly love YOU to become an Associate Member if YOU have a passion for cartoonists. (Or even a full-time Member if you are an Australian cartoonist, in any of the above categories.) Simply send me an email to email@example.com and I can send you a Nomination Form.
Next year's Award Ceremony is going to be held in Canberra, and I am going to begin to lobby to have the 2018 Awards held in Queensland...
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 was 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