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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.


2019 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.

2019 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.

2019 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.

2019 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.

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.

2016 (Ledger of Honour (Hall of Fame)) Syd Nicholls
2016 (Ledger of Honour (Hall of Fame)) Peter Chapman
2016 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.

2016 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.

2016 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.

2016 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.

2016 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 , St Lucia : Hunter Books , 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.

2016 winner (Silver Ledger) Nicola Scott For Black Magick, written by American author Greg Rucka and illustrated by Nicola Scott.
2016 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)

2016 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.

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.

2014 winner (Ledger of Honour) John Dixon
2014 winner (Platinum Ledger) Ben Hutchings
2014 winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Mr Unpronounceable Adventures Tim Molloy , Tim Molloy (illustrator), Northcote : Milk Shadow Books , 2013 7039882 2013 single work graphic novel horror fantasy

'Welcome to The City Of The Ever Open Eye. A dreamworld metropolis of surreal wonder and dark nightmare. Nestled between the scorched wastes of The Endless Plain and the rolling expanse of The Hundred Year Ocean stands The City, eternal and yet ever changing. Through its labyrinthine alleys and dusty plazas stumbles Mr Unpronounceable.

'Seeker of secrets. Homeless necromancer. Madman.

'Join our hero as he lurches, sweating and delirious, from one horrifically comedic nightmare to the next. Collected here for the first time are the complete adventures of Mr Unpronounceable, freshly squeezed from the feverish pen of psychedelic artist, Tim Molloy. So grab your Shrivelled Homunculus, ingest that alien hallucinogen, and delve into the feverish brain of Mr Unpronounceable.

The squirming secrets of the aching void await you!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon Grubby Little Smudges of Filth Daniel Reed , Daniel Reed (illustrator), San Jose : SLG Publishing , 2014 10409433 2014 single work graphic novel fantasy

'In a land ruled over by a self indulgent king a prisoner uses whatever filth is at hand to create a work of great beauty on his cell door. When it is discovered, those who seek to profit from his talents drag the artist through the thorny forests and sterile deserts of the kingdom. Only when he stands before the King himself will we learn of his true nature...'

Source: Publisher's blurb,

2014 winner (Bronze Ledger) y separately published work icon An Anzac Tale Ruth Starke , Greg Holfeld (illustrator), Adelaide : Working Title Press , 2012 Z1908757 2012 single work graphic novel children's 'When Australia pledges its support to Great Britain at the outbreak of World War I, mates Roy Martin and Wally Cardwell are among the first to enlist.

But what the friends first thought would be an adventure soon turns to disaster. The day after the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, more than 2000 of their fellow Anzacs are dead. As the campaign drags on, life for Wally and Roy and their new friend, Tom, becomes a battle of endurance against a plucky enemy, a hostile landscape, flies, fleas, cold and disease.

In this graphic novel, Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld have combined to create an extraordinary and original work for upper primary students on the subject of Gallipoli and the Anzac campaign.' (Publisher's blurb)
2005 winner (New Talent Deserving Wider Recognition) Matt Huynh
2005 winner (Independent Press Title of the Year) y separately published work icon The Crumpleton Experiments Daniel Reed , Daniel Reed (illustrator), Victoria : Nautilus Illustrations , 2003- 10409564 2003 series - author graphic novel science fiction horror

Professor Crumpleton studies the human mind–from which he literally drags monsters out into the light–with the assistance of bad-tempered Mangus and former wallflower Wendy.

2005 winner (Independent Press Title of the Year) y separately published work icon The Eldritch Kid Christian Read , Christopher Burns (illustrator), Cammeray : Phosphorescent Comics , 2004 10400177 2004 series - author graphic novel

'When the Kid and his amigo the Lakota Sioux Oxfordian Shaman, Ten Shoes Dancing, are hired by the Devilman Buer, they expect a simple job. Shut down a railway line construction site. But they know that Hell can never be trusted and more powers than Heaven oppose the inferno.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.