The 2006 Ledger Awards were split into two voting sections: Judging panel categories and public award categories. This year’s Public Award categories were announced on January 26. The Judging Panel categories were announced July 29. Scores in (). Recipients listed in bold.


JUDGING PANEL CATEGORIES
JUDGES: MARK SELAN, TAD PIETRZYKOWSKI, GLENN LUMSDEN, KEVIN PATRICK & GARY CHALONER

SMALL PRESS TITLE OF THE YEAR
Mini comics, zines featuring comic content etc.

  • GOLD: Happy Birthday Anyway, Matt Huynh (90)
  • SILVER: Pirates, Tonia Walden ed. (50)
  • BRONZE: Dreams of Tomorrow, Liz Argall ed. (40)

INDEPENDENT PRESS TITLE OF THE YEAR
Local publishers distributing mainly in Australia.

  • GOLD: Eldritch Kid by Christian Read (story) & Christopher Burns (Art), Phosphorescent Comics/Creatorline (130)
  • SILVER: Platinum Grit by Trudy Cooper, Doug Bayne and Danny Murphy (120)
  • BRONZE: The Crumpleton Experiments by Daniel Reed, Nautilus Illustrations (60)

INTERNATIONAL TITLE OF THE YEAR
Titles distributed overseas and within Australia featuring Australian talent.

  • GOLD: Small Gods, Jason Rand (story). Image Comics (110)
  • SILVER: Fell, Ben Templesmith (art) Image Comics (100)
  • BRONZE: DeeVee: Flange, Eddie Campbell, Daren White & various. DeeVee Press (90)

WEBCOMIC OR COMIC STRIP OF THE YEAR
Produced by Australian creators.

  • GOLD: Big Fun Mega Happy Pet Land by Jase Harper (Mania Magazine) (110)
  • SILVER: Magellan by Stephen Crowley (100)
  • BRONZE: Raymondo Person by Patrick Alexander (90)

WRITER OF THE YEAR
In recognition of writing excellence in 2005 by an Australian creator. Print or web.

  • GOLD: Trudy Cooper (Platinum Grit) (110)
  • SILVER: Christian Read (Eldritch Kid, various) (100)
  • BRONZE: Matt Huynh (Happy Birthday Anyway, various) (90)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Full art, penciller, painter or multimedia. In recognition of excellence in 2005 by an Australian creator. Print or web.

  • GOLD: Doug Holgate (‘Laika’, various) (120)
  • SILVER: Trudy Cooper (Platinum Grit) (110)
  • BRONZE: Matt Huynh (Happy Birthday Anyway, various) (70)

SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY OF THE YEAR
In recognition of excellence in a particular issue or short story in 2005 by an Australian creator/s. Print or web.

  • GOLD: “Laika” by Doug Holgate, (Flight #2) (100)
  • SILVER: “The Record” by Christian Read (story) & Tonia Walden (art), (Something Wicked) (90)
  • BRONZE: Star Wars Tales #27, illustrated by Nicola Scott (Dark Horse Comics) (85)

PRODUCTION DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Australian artist, publisher, entrepreneur or event. Business or creative.

  • GOLD: Glen Shearer and Darren Close, Operation Funnybone (140)
  • SILVER: Troy Kealley (cover by Simon Sherry), Something Wicked (80), Tonia Walden, Pirates, various (80)

PUBLIC VOTE CATEGORIES

ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
Australian artist, publisher, entrepreneur or event. Business or creative.

  • GOLD: Operation Funnybone (Glen Shearer, co-ordinator) (175)
  • SILVER: OzComics 24 Hour Comics Challenge (Mark Selan, co-ordinator) (158)
  • BRONZE: Pulp Faction Forums (Maggie McFee, co-ordinator) (133)

TALENT DESERVING WIDER RECOGNITION
In recognition of excellence in 2005. Print or web.

  • GOLD: Stephen Crowley (204)
  • SILVER: Dean Rankine (195)
  • BRONZE: Steve Martinez (124)

RETAIL OUTLET OF THE YEAR
In recognition of Australian retail excellence and support in 2004.

  • GOLD: Phase Two Comics, online (145)
  • SILVER: Kings Comics, Sydney (126)
  • BRONZE: Minotaur Books, Melbourne (115)

FAVOURITE FOREIGN COMIC BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR
Favourite comic book or graphic novel (English or foreign language) released by overseas publishers during the year.

  • GOLD: Flight 2 (93)
  • SILVER: Daisy Kutter – The Last Train (62)
  • BRONZE: Garfield (52)

FAVOURITE FOREIGN CREATOR OF THE YEAR
Favourite international creator (artist, writer etc.) with work released during the year.

  • GOLD: Mike Mignola (82)
  • SILVER: Kazu Kibuishi (52)
  • BRONZE: Paul Grist (38)

LEDGER OF HONOUR
Nominees chosen from Australian creators, publishers or retailers past or present.

  • Peter Ledger (automatically inducted)
  • Gary Chaloner (2005)
  • Trudy Cooper (2006)