2019 Ledger Awards Ceremony: you are invited!

The State Library of NSW proudly presents: THE 2019 LEDGER AWARDS CEREMONY. Acknowledging excellence in Australian comics and graphic novels

The 2019 Ledger Awards Ceremony will be held in the Gallery Room of the State Library of NSW. Access is via the Mitchell Steps on Shakespeare Place. Our MC will be, as always, the inimitable, Platinum Ledger Award winning, Bernard Caleo. Entertainment will be supplied by the wonderful people of Read To Me.

Doors will open at 6:30pm with the Awards Ceremony commencing at 7pm. Official proceedings will be followed by socialising and celebration in the Library’s beautiful Friends Room.

Admission: FREE. Everyone welcome! Bring your friends! Tickets must be reserved via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-ledger-awards-tickets-57461392572

Enquiries: tim@ledgerawards.org

With thanks to: The State Library of New South Wales, JMC Academy, Kings Comics, Impact Comics, Comics Mastermind and Jeffries Printing.

2019 Judging Panel announced!

The Ledger Awards Organising Committee are very honoured and proud to announce the 2019 Ledger Awards Judging Panel. We have gathered a group of six experts in the field of comics – drawn from a mix of creators, retailers, publishers, scholars and commentators – to participate in the selection of recipients for this year’s Ledger Awards. This year, the judging panel is:

Philip Bentley (Lead Judge)
Philip is a writer, editor and historian with a long history in Australian comics. A founding partner in the Minotaur comic shop (1977-89) he also coedited and contributed to two 1980s anthologies Inkspots and Fox Comics. He produced Word Balloons (2006-13), a magazine on Australian comics, wherein he chronicled some of the above events, collecting these writings in A Life in Comics (2013). He continues to have a sporadic career writing comics, most recently published in Going Down Swinging, Tango and Passionate Nomads, a former Ledger recipient.

Siobhan Coombs
Siobhan has been working in comics retail at Kings Comics for over 10 years. She hosts the podcast Serious Issues, and runs the monthly women’s comic book club Queens of Kings.

Brendan Halyday 
Brendan is a comic writer, artist and editor best known for his work on the indie comic series Panic! and XCT – Xtreme Champion Tournament. Brendan has been involved in the Melbourne Comic Creator community for many years where he takes an interest in assisting and encouraging creators. Brendan is the owner of comic collectibles business Brendan’s Comics and the printing and consulting service, The Print Broker.

Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane
Liz is a writer and academic at the University of Melbourne where she teaches Graphic Narratives, Theory for Writing and Short Fiction. She is co-director of artists residency Comic Art Workshop, co-director of comics publishing concern Twelve Panels Press, and chief investigator on the collaborative Superheroes and Me research team. Her writing has been published in journals such as TEXT, New Scholar, Axon, New Antigone, Meniscus, Visible Ink and Space. She published her book Reading Coetzee in 2013 and is currently working on a novel based on the life of Madame de Warens.

Stuart Medley
Stuart was a founder of [sic]BAG Comics back in the 90s, the winner of Adventures in Comics UK, 2013, and comics-artist-in-residence at the Maison des Auteurs, Angoulême, in 2013/14. He is an illustration lecturer and has presented workshops in the UK, Europe and China. Stuart is art director and illustrator for Hidden Shoal, a critically acclaimed record label in its twelfth year with a roster of international artists. He is a founder of the Perth Comic Arts Festival.

Lucas Testro
Lucas is a filmmaker and podcaster. He has written and directed for television (Neighbours; Winners & Losers), theatre (Songs For Europe) and short film (including the superhero comedy Capes and the time travel comedy I’m You, Dickhead). He was a co-host of the former comics podcast Noncanonical, and is currently producer and co-host of the Radioactive Lounge comics podcast, nominated in 2017 for Best Pop Culture Podcast in the first ever Castaway Australian Podcast Awards.

2018 Call for Entries!

It’s that time of year! Time to submit your Australian comics project to the 2018 Long List!

The Long List is a list of Australian comics published in the calendar year of 2018. You can submit as many comics as you like and they needn’t be your own. We would like to ensure that the widest net is cast for eligible projects each year.

Judged by a panel of experts, the awards are open to any individual comics/sequential art project, either in print and/or digital/web, that are produced (all or in part) by an Australian creator (who identifies as Australian or lives in Australia), or publishers whose main business operations are based in Australia.

The Ledger Awards are not a popularity vote, with the judges being asked to consider each project on its own merits in creativity, craft and execution.

Call for entries will close: December 31, 2018.

Please contact us if you have any questions! And please spread the word to all of the comic creators and readers around the country!

2018 Award Recipients!

Congratulations to all the 2018 Ledger Awards recipients!

We’re very proud to be involved with a community/scene/industry/art form that produces such amazing work – work of an international standard and often involving international teams and publishers.

 

2018 GOLD LEDGER

Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts – Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods
(Allen & Unwin)
Craig Phillips, Writer, Pencils, Inks
Latifah Cornelius, Inks, Production
Elise Jones, Editor
Sandra Nobes, Art Direction and Design

Reported Missing
(TheNib.com)
Eleri Harris, Writer & Artist

 

2018 SILVER LEDGER

Black Magick #6-10
(Image)
Greg Rucka, Writer
Nicola Scott, Artist
Chiara Arena, Colour Assists

Bottled
(Top Shelf)
Chris Gooch, Writer & Artist

Home Time
(Top Shelf)
Campbell Whyte, Writer & Artist

Injustice 2 #1-16
(DC)
Tom Taylor, Writer
Juan Albarran, Bruno Redondo, Daniel Sampere & Mike S. Miller, Artists

My Struggle With Crohn’s Disease
(Self published)
Safdar Ahmed, Writer & Artist

 

2018 BRONZE LEDGER

No Bronze Ledgers awarded this year.

 

2018 PLATINUM LEDGER

Tim McEwen, for outstanding service to Australian comics.

 

LEDGER OF HONOUR (Hall of Fame)

Moira & Kathleen Bertram

Yaroslav Horak

 

2018 Short Listed Projects!


BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES
(IDW, mini series)
Matthew K. Manning, Writer
Jon Sommariva, Penciller
Sean Parsons, Inker
Leonardo Ito, Colourist

The animated worlds of the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this mini-series featuring fan-favourite characters from both universes.

 


BLACK MAGICK #6-10
(Image, ongoing series)
Greg Rucka, Writer
Nicola Scott, Artist
Chiara Arena, Colour Assists

Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the truth about herself… both who she has been, and who she will become. A gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy, destiny, redemption… and the price of magic.

 


BOTTLED
(Top Shelf, graphic novel)
Chris Gooch, Writer & Artist
Jane is sick of her dead-end life in the suburbs and desperate for a change. Her old schoolmate Natalie made it out, working in Japan as a fashion model. Now, as Natalie comes back to town on business, Jane sees a way for her friend to do her a favour… whether she likes it or not. Chris Gooch debuts with a haunting portrait of millennial alienation, tinged with body horror and Greek tragedy, glamour and terror.

 


BYRON BAY, a time and place
(Self published, short story)
Holly English, Writer & Artist
‘Byron Bay, a Time and Place’ is a 12 page A4 comic about Byron Bay in the early ’90s. Holly arrives as a teenager and falls in love with a person and a place. However, Holly learns that even in paradise, life can be painful.

 


CONEY’S BEST CUTS
(Self published, one shot)
Tatiana Davidson, Writer & Artist
A boy accepts a dare from a gang of local slackers to break into the town’s slaughterhouse at night, leading him to dire circumstances.

 


GIANTS, TROLLS, WITCHES, BEASTS – Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods
(Allen & Unwin, short stories)
Craig Phillips, Writer, Pencils, Inks
Latifah Cornelius, Inks, Production
Elise Jones, Editor
Sandra Nobes, Art Direction and Design

A collection of folk and fairy tales from around the world retold in comics format. Tales include Thor and the Frost Giants, Snow White and Rose Red, The King of the Polar Bears, Vasilisa the Brave, and Finn McCool.

 


HOME TIME
(Top Shelf, graphic novel)
Campbell Whyte, Writer & Artist
The last school bell has rung and it’s finally HOME TIME! Even though they’re twins, Lilly and David don’t agree on much… except that the last summer before high school is the perfect time for relaxing with friends. But their plans for sleepovers, fantasy games, and romance are thrown out the window when the whole gang falls into a river and wakes up in a village of fantastic creatures. Hailed as magical spirits, threatened by lizards, and trained in the mysterious arts of tea-brewing, these kids must find their way home – if they don’t throttle each other first. With a kaleidoscope of art styles, graphic novelist Campbell Whyte makes his spectacular debut, loosely but lovingly inspired by the fantasy worlds of the ’80s and ’90s.

 


INJUSTICE 2 #1-16
(DC, ongoing series)
Tom Taylor, Writer
Juan Albarran, Bruno Redondo, Daniel Sampere & Mike S. Miller, Artists

Tom Taylor continues his hit series Injustice: Gods Among Us story as Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together. But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them.

 


MY STRUGGLE WITH CROHN’S DISEASE
(Self published, mini comic)
Safdar Ahmed, Writer & Artist
‘My struggle with Crohn’s Disease’ is a memoiristic account of Safdar’s experiences of living with chronic illness. The comic takes an unflinching look at Crohn’s Disease, reflecting on the intersection between patient experience and the social construction of illness.

 


REPORTED MISSING
(TheNib.com, webcomic)
Eleri Harris, Writer & Artist
In 2009, a yacht was found sinking on its moorings, Sarah Bowles’ step-father was missing and her mother was charged with his murder. There was no body, no murder weapon, no witnesses and no motive. In The Nib’s first serialised work of longform comics journalism, cartoonist Eleri Harris delves into a family’s emotional nightmare and Tasmania’s most controversial murder conviction.

 


SHARED SPACE
(Self published, mini comic)
Amy Rolfe, Writer & Artist
Made for a Uni assignment about breaking the expectation of what a counts as a “book”. As the story develops and the characters grow, the world/page expands with them. It’s interactive!

 


WHO LIKES SHORT SHORTS?
(Self published, collection)
Sarah Catherine Firth, Writer & Artist
An enchanting compilation of short snapshots of Sarah’s life and the world around her, in all its contradictions. Celebrating the small moments – and questioning – what even is a small moment or a large moment in life? While also considering deeper questions about how we live.

The 2018 Organising Committee and the 2018 Judging Panel congratulate all of the people involved in the Short Listed projects!

2018 Short Listed Projects to be revealed at OzComic-Con in Melbourne this weekend!

The Short Listed Projects for 2018 (for work published in 2017), will be revealed at OzComic-Con in Melbourne this coming Saturday, 9 June, at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre! If you’re attending the Con, look out for the Ledgers display.

The Short List will also be made available on the Ledgers website (right here) at 10.00am on Saturday morning.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze projects, as well as the Platinum Award recipient, will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Sydney on July 6.

2018 Ledger of Honour recipients announced at ACAF: Bertram and Horak

Tonight at the Australian Comic Arts Festival (ACAF) held in Canberra, the two recipients of the 2018 Ledger of Honour were announced.

This year’s recipients are Moira and Kathleen Bertram and Yaroslav Horak.

Moira Bertram (with her letterer sister, Kathleen) was one of the very few female artists working in the comics industry of the 40s and 50s in Australia. Her bold, distinct style and dynamic layouts were ahead of their time. Key works include: Jo and Her Magic Cape, Flameman, Red Finnegan.

Yaroslav ‘Larry’ Horak worked on many Australian comics from the late 40s to the mid-60s. Moving to the UK, he was given the assignment of drawing the James Bond newspaper strip, first adapting Ian Fleming’s novels, then producing original stories with writer Jim Lawrence.  Key works include: Jet Fury, The Mask, Captain Fortune, James Bond, Cop Shop.

The Ledger Awards will be held mid-year, where the Ledgers Annual will feature in-depth articles on both artists and their careers.

2018 Judging Panel announced!

The Ledger Awards Organising Committee invited a group of six – drawn from a mix of creators, retailers, publishers, scholars and commentators on Australian comics – to participate in the selection of recipients for this year’s awards.

We are very honoured and proud to announce the 2018 Ledger Awards Judging Panel:

Philip Bentley

Philip is a writer, editor and historian with a long history in Australian comics. A founding partner in the Minotaur comic shop (1977-89) he also co-edited and contributed to two 1980s anthologies Inkspots and Fox Comics. He produced Word Balloons (2006-13), a magazine on Australian comics, wherein he chronicled some of the above events, collecting these writings in A Life in Comics (2013). He continues to have a sporadic career writing comics, most recently published in Going Down Swinging, Tango and Passionate Nomads, a former Ledger recipient. He currently reviews comics for Matt Emery’s Pikitia Press blog.

Mal Briggs

Mal Briggs has been around comics his whole life. He was born the month Superman #300 hit the shelves, and was creating his own superhero comics before he could read. He was a member of The Phantom Club in primary school, and a regular at comic conventions by the time he graduated high school. He created cartoons for Woroni, the ANU student newspaper, and has been a member of The Australian Cartoonists’ Association for his entire adult life (so far.) In 2004 Mal co-founded Impact Comics in Canberra, and in 2014 he created the Impact Comics Festival to showcase indy comics creators to the unsuspecting public of the nation’s capital. Mal is regularly a guest on ABC radio, 2XX Community radio and various podcasts. He’s a panelist at the Australian Comic Arts Festival, and has been a guest lecturer in creative writing at The University of Canberra. This is Mal’s second time on the Ledger’s judging panel.

Julie Ditrich 

Julie is a professional writer / editor and comics creator, as well as a book project management and publishing consultant. She is also the founder and CEO of Comics Mastermind™, a professional development service for Australian comics creators. Julie has a BA in Professional Writing (University of Canberra), and has worked in mainstream publishing as a bookseller, publicist, marketing manager and author. She was also employed as publications manager at the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Julie has worked extensively as a comic book writer predominantly in the fantasy genre with sales of over 270,000 comics all over the world. She has worked as a manuscript assessor and editor on various short stories and graphic novels for Australian writers and publishers, and presented comics and graphic novels workshops at various writers’ centres, festivals, libraries and pop culture events around Australia. Julie was the co-founder of the ASA Comics / Graphic Novels Portfolio and was the co-portfolio holder between 2007 and 2012. She is currently working on several short prose and comics stories for independent publishers, which will be published in 2018.

Christopher Downes

Christopher lives in Hobart where he has been drawing cartoons for The Mercury since 2010. He never expected that one day he would be a political cartoonist, but he is and he is stupidly happy about it. In 2015, he won the Stanley Award for Best Editorial/Political Cartoonist. He also draws cartoons for the children’s newspaper, Crinkling and has worked on projects with the Museum of Australian Democracy and the podcast, Lore.

Jeremy Macpherson

Jeremy has been published in numerous Australian comics including POP CULTURE & TWO MINUTE NOODLES, KNEE POCKETS, ONION RINGS, THE INK and TANGO along with drawing for various newspapers and magazines. He has been drawing covers for THE PHANTOM for nearly four years, including the front of the first trade paperback publised by Frew – For Those Who Came in Late : The Story So Far.  He is also a Librarian and Comics Historian with the possibly the world’s biggest collection of Panel by Panel books.

Lucas Testro

Lucas Testro is a filmmaker and podcaster. He has written & directed for television (Neighbours; Winners & Losers), theatre (Songs For Europe) and short film (including the superhero comedy Capes and the time travel comedy I’m You, Dickhead). He was a co-host of the former comics podcast Noncanonical, and is currently producer and co-host of the Radioactive Lounge comics podcast, nominated in 2017 for Best Pop Culture Podcast in the first ever Castaway Australian Podcast Awards.  www.manwithajetpack.com

 

2018 Awards kick off at ACAF!

The Ledgers Organising Committee is proud to announce that the 2018 Ledger of Honour recipients will be revealed at ACAF, the Australian Comic Arts Festival in Canberra on Saturday evening, February 10.

The Ledger of Honour is the Australian Comics Hall of Fame Award. Since 2016, the Ledger of Honour has been awarded to two recipients, one living and one deceased, who have had an historically significant, positive impact on Australian comics – shaping the art form of comics in this country in a meaningful way.

The Ledger Awards are announcing the Ledger of Honour recipients early, at ACAF, to shine a light on the recipients’ careers and contributions to the art form. The 2018 Ledger Awards Ceremony will be held mid-year, where Gold, Silver, Bronze and Platinum award recipients will be announced.

A list of previous Ledger of Honour recipients is available to read, here.

2017 Award Recipients

Congratulations to all the 2017 Ledger Awards recipients!

We’re very proud to be involved with a community/scene/industry/art form that produces such amazing work – work of an international standard and often involving international teams and publishers.

2107 GOLD LEDGER

Small Things. Mel Tregonning. (Allen & Unwin)

2017 SILVER LEDGER

Australi. Timothy Wood, writer; Pius Bak, artist. (Self published)

Past the Last Mountain #1-4. Louie Joyce, art and colours; Gannon Beck, layouts; Paul Allor, writer and letterer. (Comics Experience)

2017 BRONZE LEDGER

Negative Space. Ryan K Lindsay, script; Owen Gieni, art; Ryan Ferrier, letters. (Dark Horse Comics)

The Spider King. Josh Vann, writer; Simone D’Armini, artist; Adrian Bloch, colourist; Nic J. Shaw, letterer. (Self published)

2017 PLATINUM LEDGER

Michael Fikaris, for outstanding service to Australian comics.

LEDGER OF HONOUR (Hall of Fame)

Paul Wheelahan (b 1930)

Cecilia May (‘May’) Gibbs (1877 – 1969)