Sad to relate, but I need to report on the passing of an Australian Comic Book Icon, Monty Wedd, who passed away last Friday while we were on our way to Longreach. (Curse not taking my computer: I have only just now learnt of his passing.) I had known he had been unwell for some time, after Dorothy (and then son Justin) sent me news of his illness around Christmas last year... Monty was a kind, generous man, always willing to pass on information about Australian artists and cartoonists older than he was! One summer he kindly posted me his conversations ('interview') with Australian Artist/Cartoonist Syd Miller (I must dig it out sometime)...
Rather than go into details about his life*, let's remember that old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words....
*Anyone interested in learning more about Monty's life story, please click here ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Wedd
These images, I should point out are Copyright The Estate of Monty Wedd, and I am presently seeking permission to use them here and in a newspaper article I am working on...
Comicoz has had a long association with Monty. In John Dixon's Air Hawk Magazine (Summer Edition of 1989) readers were invited to purchase copies of Monty's book "The Making of a Nation" (see above advertisement), and all copies in stock sold out... So much so, I didn't even end up with a copy myself!! Just before Monty's passing, Comicoz was in discussion with Monty's family about future possible projects. With all due respect for Monty's family, discussions will be suspended in order to allow the family to properly grieve ....
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