The Ledger Awards acknowledge excellence in Australian comic art and publishing. Named after pioneering Australian cartoonist Peter Ledger (1945 – 1994) , the awards were first held in 2005-2007. 

This year’s list of short-listed entries includes some amazing new titles published by established publshers and independantly. Cockburn Libraries have managed to get their hands on a few of these excellent creations, and others can be accessed through the creators websites and social media.

Best of luck to all the nominees! 

A Nice Long Walk, Jake Lawrence (online)
A Sandy Trail, Amy Buchan (self published)
A Thousand Loving Thrusts, Rachel Ang (The Wheeler Centre, online)
A Visit From Midnight Mummy, Tatiana Davidson (self published)
Aberrunt Vol.1: Birth, Kelly Coleman (self published, online)
An Interior Life, Bill Hope (self published, online)
Between Forever, Kim Lam/dangerlam (self published)
Burger Force Vol. 4, Jackie Ryan (self published)
Cabramatta, Matt Hyunh (The Believer, print and online)
Chinyere, Claudia Chinyere Akole (self published)
Collective Consciousness, David Mahler (Entropy Magazine, online)
DCeased, Tom Taylor, writer (DC)
Deep Breaths, Chris Gooch (Top Shelf)
Diabel, Frank Candiloro (FrankenComics)
Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment and Survival, Rachel Ang, Sarah Firth, Meg O’Shea. Diane Noomin, editor (Abrams ComicArts)
Eldritch Kid: Bone War, Christian Read, Paul Mason, Justin Randall, Wolfgang Bylsma (Gestalt)
Exilium, Ben Slabak, writer (Alterna)
Fence Vol. 03, C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Boom! Box)
Free Money Please, David Blumenstein (self published)
Given The Options, Sarah Firth (Choice Words: A collection of writing about abortion, Allen & Unwin)
Good Boy, Kim Lam/dangerlam (self published)
Goodbye Apollo, Uyen Nguyen, Thom Nguyen (self published)
Haphaven, Norm Harper and Louie Joyce (Lion Forge)
Healing Alone, Dr. Isabel Hanson and Safdar Ahmed (The Guardian)
Healing Is A Process, Sarah Winifred Searle (self published)
Journal Comix, Claudia Chinyere Akole (self published)
Katabatic #2 #3, Jennifer Reuter (self published)
Life Happening, Kim Lam/dangerlam (self published)
Master & Apprentice #2, Daniel A. Becker (Invisible Ink Studio)
Maurice and The Metal #1, Aaron Sammut, writer (self published)
Meet Me In The Pit #4, Chris Neill, editor (Blueprint Comics)
Melencholy, Andreas Bartnitzky (self published)
Mini Mel & Timid Tom, Ben Hutchings (Squishface Studio)
Mostly True Stories, Caragh Brooks (self published)
No Socks, Stacy Gougoulis (self published, online)
Self/Made, Mat Groom, writer (Image)
Shadow Portrait, Rachel Ang (World Literature Today, online)
Silver Fox #1, Darren Dare, writer (self published)
Sincerely, Harriet, Sarah Winifred Searle (Graphic Universe)
Storm Clouds Collected, Ben Mitchell (self published)
Talgard: Tome One, Gary Proudley, writer. Justin Randall, colours. Various artists. Wolfgang Bylsma, editor (Gestalt)
The Adventures of Anders, Gregory Mackay (Allen & Unwin)
The Adventures of Jack Scratch: Curse of the Kraken, Craig Phillips (Wildling Books)
The Grot #3, Pat Grant, Fionn McCabe (self published)
The New Guards, Jess Kitty Parker (self published)
The Phantom: It Tolls For Thee, Paul Mason (The Phantom 2019 Annual: The Phantom At War, Frew)
Toby & The Magic Pencil #2, Gary Dellar, Ben Sullivan, Darren Close (Reverie Publications)
Ubby’s Underdogs: Return of the Dragon, Brenton McKenna (Magabala Books)
What We Tell Them, David Blumenstein (self published)
When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over, Mandy Ord (The Lifted Brow)
Why Is He Laughing? A cartoonist’s journey with cancer, Geoff Augustine (Network Creative Services)
Witchy, Ariel Slamet Ries (self published, online, Lion Forge)
Words of Willow, Stefan Guizzo (self published)

Book cover for Witchy
Book cover for DCeased
Book cover for Ubby's Underdogs, Return of the dragons
Book cover for The grot : book one in the story of the Stump City Grifters
Book cover for Sincerely, Harriet

My favourite of this years works is Dceased written by Tom Taylor. What’s yours? Are there any that you think the library should absolutely have in stock? Let us know in the comments.