The Australian Cartoonists' Association is the world's first cartooning organisation (since 1924), and has been running for 90 years. Every year for the past thirty years, Awards (colloquially known as "The Stanleys") have been presented to Australian artists and cartoonists to "acknowledge and celebrate the best in cartooning, comic book art, illustration and caricature", with a new Award added this year for Animation. Are you interested in joining? Membership is not limited to artists and cartoonists, either: Associate Membership is ideal for Fans of the medium who want to join in at the end of year workshops, or the many functions held throughout the year. I first joined in 1988! Click here for details on how to join.
The Australian Cartoonists’ Association is now calling for entries for the 30th Stanley Awards. Submissions will be published in the annual ACA Year Book. Here's a run down of all the Stanleys that will be awarded this year at The Menzies Sydney on November 15, 2014.
For full details click here http://cartoonists.org.au/.
STANLEY AWARD CATEGORIES
Comic Strip Artist
An artist whose published body of work is primarily a multi-panel sequential comic cartoon strip, adventure or illustrated comic strip.
An artist whose published body of work is political and/or social satire in cartoon form. It can be either single frame or comic strip.
Single Gag Cartoonist
An artist whose published body of work consists primarily of single frame landscape or portrait panel gags. A cartoonist cannot enter the same feature in either Comic Strip or Single Gag categories.
An artist whose professional body of work is either published, commissioned or “live” caricatured likenesses.
Comic Book Artist
An artist whose published body of work consists primarily of sequential art drawn with the intention of conveying information and/or telling a story to the reader in the form of comic books (periodicals/‘floppies’), graphic novels, adventure cartoon strips with serial content and zines (containing sequential art content). A cartoonist cannot enter the same feature in the Comic Strip category.
An artist whose published body of work is published humorous and general illustration for newspaper/magazine articles, books, advertising etc. Work deemed to be political, single-gag, caricature, or comic strip based will not be eligible for this category.
Animation Cartoonist ***NEW AWARD**
An artist who is the original modeler, illustrator or cartoonist of the assets of a short animated piece for online broadcast, television, film, interactive digital products and motion comics (on-screen graphics, graphics-based TV show introductions or special effects for live action productions are ineligible). You must provide samples of animated works for submission and for print and a link to the animation online (if possible). An animation company can nominate an animator from the animated company's piece to be considered.
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