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History

Awards for excellence in Australian comics.

The Ledger Awards have undergone a number of changes since 2005, when they offered a number of categories, including Webcomic of the Year, Anthology of the Year, Achievement of the Year, and so on. From 2008, they began the switch to the modern pattern of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ledgers. Since 2014, the judges have operated from a single shortlist, from which the winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ledgers are drawn.

Notes

  • Awarded for excellence in Australian comic art and publishing. Named after Australian artist Peter Ledger (1945 - 1994), the awards were first held in 2005. The awards are in several categories including international, and are for work published in the previous year.

    Source: Ledger Awards website, www.ledgerawards.org (Sighted 15/04/2008)

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

winner (Gold Ledger) Nicola Scott for 'Black Magick' nos 12-16, written by Greg Rucka.
joint winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Beyond the Weaving Campbell Whyte , San Diego : IDW Publishing , 2020 18608691 2020 single work graphic novel children's fantasy

'Return to the astonishing world of talking peaches, magic tea, frightening wildlife, and threatening lizard tribes The fantasy adventure too epic for one graphic novel finally reaches its conclusion.

'Home Time: Under the River ended with a disastrous tea ceremony which left six kids lost, scared, confused, and even burnt. Now, the second half of the Home Time saga picks up from that nerve-wracking cliffhanger, as the children leave the relative safety of Peach Village in search of medicine, answers, and hopefully, a way home.

'Equipped with a living map, a flask of hallucinogenic tea, and a plan so stupid it just might work, Lily, Amanda, Ben and Nathan will have to pull together at the very time they've drifted the furthest apart.

'Award-winning graphic novelist Campbell Whyte is back, with his signature kaleidoscope of art styles, to cast a new spell wrapping up the most whimsically fantastical journey in ages.' (Publication summary)

joint winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Under-Earth Chris Gooch , Chris Gooch (illustrator), United States of America (USA) : IDW Publishing , 2021 20740394 2021 single work graphic novel

'The inmates of an extensive underground prison struggle to build meaningful lives in a broken system, in the most ambitious graphic novel to date from rising indie star Chris Gooch (Bottled and Deep Breaths).

'Under-Earth takes place in a subterranean landfill, hollowed out to serve as a massive improvised prison. Sunken into the trash and debris of the past -- gameboys, iphones, coffee cups, old cars -- we follow two parallel stories.

'In the first, a new arrival struggles to adapt to the everyday violence, physical labour, and poverty of the prison city. Overwhelmed and alone, he finds a connection with a fellow inmate through an old, beat-up novel. While these two silent and uncommunicative men grow closer thanks to their book, the stress of their environment will test their new bond.

'Meanwhile, a pair of thieves pull off a risky job in exchange for the prisons' schematics and the promise of escape -- only to be betrayed by their employer. On the run with their hope for escape now gone, the two women set their minds to revenge. Yet as they lay their plans, their focus shifts from an obsession with the outside world to the life they have with each other.

'Equal parts sincerity and violence, Under-Earth explores humanity's inextinguishable drive to find meaning, connection, and even family -- and how fragile such constructions can be.' (Publication summary)

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Action Tank : Book Two Mike Barry , Mike Barry (illustrator), Australia : Mike Barry Was Here , 2020 21417044 2020 single work graphic novel science fiction children's

'The universe's most fantastic, drastic, intergalactic adventure about getting home for dinner continues!

'Action Tank: Book 2 is the second thrilling chapter in the galaxy-spanning graphic novel series about discovery, friendship, and how far one boy will go to get home for his Mum's spaghetti carbonara.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon The Grot Pat Grant , Fionn McCabe (illustrator), Pat Grant (illustrator), Australia : Pat Grant , 2018 14582919 2018 series - author graphic novel

After an unnamed environmental disaster, everyone is heading to Felter City to make their fortune in the 'grot'.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Landing with Wings Trace Balla , Trace Balla (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18638673 2020 single work picture book children's

'A young girl's nature diary is a joyful journey of discovery. From the multi-award-winning creator of Rivertime and Rockhopping comes another celebration of the world around us.

'Miri's been on the move and now she's finding her feet, her freedom, her community and her home, treading lightly all the way.

'A story about spreading your wings and putting down roots in an ancient land.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) Tom Taylor for 'Suicide Squad: Bad Blood' (multiple artists).
joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Why Black Lives Matter Resonates with Black People All Over the World : An Open Letter to Australians Claudia Chinyere Akole , Claudia Chinyere Akole (illustrator), Sydney : Claudia Chinyere Akole , 2020 21039003 2020 single work graphic novel

''Why Black Lives Matter Resonates With Black People All Over The World (An Open Letter to Australians)' is a comic created by Claudia Chinyere Akole, originally published digitally on Going Down Swinging in August 2020.

'The comic is an exploration of global Black Solidarity that compares ongoing Bla(c)k Civil Rights movements in the USA and Australia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Platinum Ledger) Glom Press
winner (Ledger of Honour) June Mendoza
winner (Ledger of Honour) Hart Amos

Year: 2020

joint winner (Gold Ledger) y separately published work icon The Adventures of Anders Gregory Mackay , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16619684 2019 selected work graphic novel children's

'A bumper book of fun and adventure in full colour, introducing lovable Anders and his band of intrepid friends.

Anders, Bernie and Eden are best friends and are always on the lookout for new adventures. In these three exciting stories, discover an unknown comet, explore an extinct volcano and find your way through a castle maze.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Gold Ledger) y separately published work icon Chinyere Claudia Chinyere Akole , Claudia Chinyere Akole (illustrator), Sydney : Claudia Chinyere Akole , 2020 21038951 2020 single work graphic novel

'An autobio comic about education, the geographical lottery, and the meaning of a name.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Gold Ledger) y separately published work icon An Interior Life Bill Hope , Bill Hope (illustrator), Australia : Bill Hope , 2019 20605908 2019 single work graphic novel

An autobiographical day-in-the-life comic of the artist and his partner, who deals with myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome).

joint winner (Gold Ledger) y separately published work icon Witchy Ariel Slamet Ries , Ariel Slamet Ries (illustrator), United States of America (USA) : Lion Forge Comics , 2019 18261010 2019 single work graphic novel

'In the witch kingdom Hyalin, the strength of your magic is determined by the length of your hair. Those that are strong enough are conscripted by the Witch Guard, who enforce the law in peacetime and protect the land during war. However, those with hair judged too long are pronounced enemies of the kingdom, and annihilated. This is called a witch burning.

'Witchy is a comic about the young witch Nyneve, who is haunted by the death of her father and the threat the Witch Guard poses to her own life. When conscription rolls around, Nyneve has a choice to make; join the institution complicit in her father''s death, or stand up for her ideals?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Silver Ledger) Louie Joyce for 'Haphaven' (written by American Norm Harper).
joint winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Good Boy Kim Lam , Kim Lam (illustrator), Melbourne : Kim Lam , 2019 21039352 2019 single work graphic novel

'Good Boy is a (surprisingly joyful!) imagining of the canine afterlife, and begins at the end: with euthanasia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Silver Ledger) Healing Is a Process Sarah Winifred Searle , 2019 single work graphic novel
— Appears in: 'Unhealthy' 2019;
joint winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Sincerely, Harriet Sarah Winifred Searle , Minneapolis : Graphic Universe , 2019 17105611 2019 single work graphic novel children's

'Harriet Flores struggles with boredom and an unrequited crush while learning to manage her chronic illness through a long, hot, 1990s summer in Chicago. She uses her imagination to cope, which sometimes gets her into trouble, as she makes up fantastical fibs and wonders if there are ghosts upstairs. One neighbor, Pearl, encourages Harriet to read and write, leading Harriet to have a breakthrough and discover the power of storytelling.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Silver Fox Darren Dare , Carlos Trigo (illustrator), Sydney : Darren Dare , 2019- 21039673 2019 series - author graphic novel

'At its core, Silver Fox is a story about two men coming to that awkward part in their relationship when they’re no longer blind to each other’s faults and it gets harder and harder to hide their undesirable pasts, traits and even families.

'Throw in assassins, the supernatural, and a whole lot of resistance, and you’ll know what you’re in for. Recommended for mature audiences, Silver Fox has themes of violence, sex, and bad language (sorry, Cap).'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon A Visit from the Midnight Mummy Tatiana Davidson , Tatiana Davidson (illustrator), Australia : Tatiana Davidson , 2019 20604171 2019 single work graphic novel

'A young optimistic boy living in a remote house meets a friendly visitor from the nearby woods.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Burger Force : Volume 4 Burger Force : Punishment Jackie Ryan , Australia : Parentheses Press , 2019 21040025 2019 selected work graphic novel

'Volume 4 of Burger Force is a real killer. As Mercury and the gang look into a spate of mysterious deaths, they soon realise they’ve got a serial murderer on their hands. Whoever it is sure has a twisted sense of humour, and they’re determined to deliver the ultimate punchline. Can the agents catch their culprit before the joke’s on them?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Deep Breaths Chris Gooch , Chris Gooch (illustrator), Marietta : Top Shelf , 2019 18432784 2019 selected work graphic novel

'A space bounty hunter tracks down a frog princess, a woman finds a condom where it shouldn’t be, and a spoiled art student works his first freelance job. Deep Breaths is a collection of short comics about tension, violence, monsters, and moments… including the award-winning story Mooreland Mates and nine other tales, rarely or never before seen.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Drawing Power : Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival Diane Noomin (editor), New York (City) : Abrams Comicarts , 2019 21040198 2019 anthology graphic novel

'More than 60 female comics creators share their personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment through new and original comics.

'Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) David Blumenstein for 'Free Money Please', an illustrated essay on crypto currencies.
joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Meet Me in the Pit 4 Christopher Neill (editor), Australia : Blueprint Comics , 2019 21040642 2019 anthology graphic novel

'Nothing is certain but death, taxes and another issue of Meet Me in the Pit.

'The fourth installment of Meet Me In The Pit — a comic anthology that features some of Australia’s best cartoonists creating works inspired by music!

'Remember the glory days of the Big Day Out! Get a bit too rowdy in the mosh! Live your dream of rap stardom! Discover your radio’s sinister secret! And more!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Mini Mel and Timid Tom Ben Hutchings , Ben Hutchings (illustrator), Brunswick : Squishface Studio , 2019 21040747 2019 single work graphic novel

'The feline overlord King Mog has set his loyal subject Tom an impossible task. Luckily, today is the day Tom’s owner insists on joining him.

'After shrinking to the size of a mouse, Mel's familiar neighbourhood becomes the epic setting of danger and adventure, kindness and cruelty, courage and camaraderie.

'Can Mel help Tom beat the King's favourite, Sir Ronald, and gain the approval of the Court?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) It Tolls for Thee Paul Mason , Paul Mason (illustrator), 2019 single work graphic novel
— Appears in: The Phantom 2019;
joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Storm Clouds Storm Clouds : Collected Ben Mitchell , Ben Mitchell (illustrator), Australia : Ben Mitchell , 2019 21041188 2019 single work graphic novel

'A young police officer is promoted to detective status when a horrific incident leads her department to believe she shares a connection with a notorious serial killer. Working together with a new partner, the search for the killer leads them to her old hometown, 2 hours north of Sydney. In the infamous Bontown, NSW, the once-abandoned small town punk rock drama is the least of their troubles, as our heroes stumble upon something much bigger.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

joint winner (Bronze Ledger) Shadow Portrait Rachel Ang , Rachel Ang (illustrator), 2020 single work graphic novel
— Appears in: World Literature Today , vol. 94 no. 2 2020;
joint winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Self/Made Mat Groom , Eduardo Ferigato (illustrator), Marcelo Costa (illustrator), United States of America (USA) : Image Comics , 2019 21041487 2019 single work graphic novel science fiction

'When chaos besieges the kingdom of Arcadia, warrior Amala Citlali uncovers a shocking truth—she’s a non-player character in an advanced video game.

'With her very existence at stake, Amala embarks on a journey across worlds—to escape her prison, find her creator, and demand answers to the fundamental questions of her existence.

'In his debut editorial role, comics veteran KYLE HIGGINS guides this intimate story of self-discovery that takes readers to lands of high fantasy, futuristic science fiction… and beyond.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Esther! A True Story Sandra Broman , Esther Olivares , Sandra Broman (illustrator), Daylesford : Write and Wrong , 2018 16900114 2018 single work graphic novel autobiography

'Life in Chile was far from simple for anyone. As an outspoken determined woman, Esther Olivares was bound to walk a rocky path. Add to that a complicated family, a turbulent political situation and the growing realisation that she’s a lesbian.

'The story covers her life between 1939-1977. It weaves in the unsettled politics of Chile with her attempts at living a lesbian life at a time which did not make it easy. Esther doesn't tolerate bullying or injustice of any kind and bravely stands up for what she feels is right which leads her into trouble again and again. Lucky to be alive, she eventually moves to Australia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Neither Here Nor Hair Alisha Jade (editor), Brisbane : Petrie Press , 2018 16900186 2018 anthology graphic novel

'Neither Here Nor Hair is heartfelt comics anthology by 14 Australian creators about their relationships with hair (of all kinds). From hilarious to gut-punching, exploring our cultural norms and sometimes rejecting them, 14 creators come together for this sincere, insightful collection of comics drawn from the creator's own lives.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Swimsuit Rachel Ang , Rachel Ang (illustrator), Melbourne : Glom Press , 2019 15745911 2019 single work graphic novel

'Jenny catches up with a former flame at the local pool. The sun is bright and casts dark shadows in the water. There is violence even in this mundane place - a whirlpool through which Jenny swims, even as it pulls her under.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon A Week in Warrigilla Teloka Berry , Priscilla Wu , Teloka Berry (illustrator), Priscilla Wu (illustrator), Brisbane : Teloka Berry Priscilla Wu , 2018- 16900292 2018 series - author graphic novel

'A Week In Warrigilla is an online graphic novel about Hazel and Willie, two ace/aro [asexual / aromantic] girls who get trapped in a supernatural region while road-tripping through rural Queensland.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon My Big Life Bailey Sharp , Bailey Sharp (illustrator), Melbourne : Glom Press , 2018 15745074 2018 single work graphic novel

'My Big Life is somebody’s memoir. It includes thoughts on time, relationships, stealing, instagram, books, assholes and self-mythologizing.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2017

winner (Silver Ledger) Louie Joyce for 'Past the Last Mountain' (written by American Paul Allor).

Year: 2016

winner (Gold Ledger) y separately published work icon NEOMAD : The Complete Collection Sutu , Big hArt , Applecross : Gestalt Publishing , 2015 9484312 2015 selected work graphic novel

'In the year 2076, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of 21 young warriors known as The Love Punks and The Satellite Sisters.

'Follow them as they blast off from Australia’s Pilbara desert to the far reaches of space on a mission to protect the world from an angry sky god.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Fly the Colour Fantastica Vikki Ong (editor), Eri Kashima (editor), Australia : Veriko Operative , 2015 9313339 2015 anthology graphic novel

'Fly the Colour Fantastica is a story-driven comic anthology produced by 12 Australian artists. Through heart-felt story telling and colour as the main tool, each artist draws one chapter reflecting on the themes of growth, revelation, and small victories. A celebration of the little things that make the bigger picture, Fly the Colour Fantastica invites readers to travel these rich and brilliantly coloured worlds.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Anders and the Comet Gregory Mackay , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8708075 2015 single work graphic novel children's fiction children's adventure

'Meet Anders, Eden and their new friend, Bernie. It's the school holidays, and there are comics to be made, games to be played, ice-cream to be eaten, and rhinos to impress at Wekiwa water park.

'Then Anders and his friends meet the Green Grabber and things take on a whole new twist, leading Anders to a wonderful pet, Skip, and to wild adventures - and a dramatic rescue - in the sky.

'An endearing story of fun, friendship and unexpected courage.' (Publisher's abstract)

winner (Silver Ledger) Nicola Scott For Black Magick, written by American author Greg Rucka and illustrated by Nicola Scott.
winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon The Diemenois : Being the Correct and True Account of the Sensational Escape, Seclusion, and Cruel Demise of a Most Infamous Man J.W. Clennett , Melbourne : Hunter Publishers , 2015 8867042 2015 single work graphic novel fantasy

'Little is known about the French Tasmanian colony of la Ville de Baudin. Less still about its most mysterious colonist, Henri Maurice Claudet.

'For the first time, The Diemenois presents the correct and true account of the sensational escape, seclusion, and cruel demise of one of history's most infamous men. A tale of intrigue, blackmail, conspiracy, and murder.

'In this brilliant stretch of the imagination, JW Clennett brings an alternative history of the early Australian colony to life as a stunning new graphic novel.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Silver Ledger) y separately published work icon Oglaf : Book One Trudy Cooper , Doug Bayne , Oklahoma : TopatoCo , 2011 9489687 2011 single work graphic novel fantasy

Collection of the web comic, a highly eroticised humorous fantasy adventure.

winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Art Is A Lie Carol Wood , Susan Butcher , Blairgowrie : Fabliaux , 2015 9490651 2015 single work graphic novel fantasy

'Here's some sordid truths about Art: Picasso was a sexist street bully who beat up on Georges Braque to claim the world 'champeenship' title of Cubism; Duchamp was really the notorious toilet bandit, R. Mutt; Pollock's paintings were really done by an uncredited, drug crazed giant squid; Magritte was a failed scientist and terrorist who resorted to art; Lichtenstein owes about USD$750m in royalties to every comics artist who drew before 1960; Miro was responsible for the epidemic of abstract prints that overtook home furnishings since the mid-1950s. This book collects the Dead or Alive strips that first appeared in Artillery magazine between 2006 and 2015, including several never before seen strips, with an introductory comic by Bruce Mutard.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Evermore Isobelle Carmody , Daniel Reed (illustrator), Melbourne : Windy Hollow , 2015 8957650 2015 single work graphic novel fantasy young adult

'This is the post-apocalyptic fairy tale of Princess Rose, who dwells in a strange, complex walled Kingdom, the final outpost of a lost civilisation.

'Ruled by a tyrannical and all powerful despot, the Kingdom of Evermore survives and sometimes thrives in an otherwise devastated world of deserts and ruins inhabited by the plague-ridden descendants of those who chose not to sleep away the poisoned eons that followed the end of the old world.

'Growing up under the watchful eye of her stern but beloved nanny, Pilar, with the loving companionship of the bakers' son Quiet and the strange, enigmatic boy Enzo, Rose pursues two quests. One is to discover the origins of Evermore and the other is to understand the mysterious tragic death of her mother, a beautiful and gifted storyteller who began as a prisoner of the King before winning his heart and being made Queen of Evermore.

'What Rose does not know is that the two quests are linked, and only by learning the truth about the past will she find the means and the courage to walk the difficult and dangerous path that will lead to the redemption of Evermore and a future where love and hope are possible.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Maralinga : Book One Jen Breach , Douglas Holgate , Australia : House of Skullduggery , 2015 9491335 2015 single work graphic novel science fiction

'Maralinga spins an alternative history from the 1956 British nuclear tests in the Woomera. Three hundred years later a ruined, irradiated, post-apocalyptic Australia is a place where monsters are real and one girl, the last of an isolated and dying community in Melbourne's south, launches on a desperate journey to find sanctuary and a mythical inland sea.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

(Ledger of Honour (Hall of Fame)) Peter Chapman
(Ledger of Honour (Hall of Fame)) Syd Nicholls
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