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04-01-2019 #2

Caricature - Gag - Strip - Comic -Advertising - Animation - Political
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ACM Latest news
Hello everyone, 2019 has come and ACM wishes all the best and especially happiness to all our subscribers, who have supported ACM since the start. To begin with, let's have a look at our latest news
  1. ACM is planning to relocate in early February 2019 and we are currently looking for a new space for the museum exhibitions within Docklands. 
  2. Since Ned Kelly Exhibition started in December, we have received lots of great comments from our visitors. The images attached are just a small part of the comments left in our visitors' book. We truly appreciate all the good and constructive comments from all the visitors.
  3. Even better news, we have decided to extend the Ned Kelly exhibition to end of January of 2019. So if you have not visited us, this is the time for you to come and check out for yourself before the exhibition closes!
One of our visitors, Michelle, had a good time at ACM 

Monty Wedd

This week we will explore the life of the famous Australian award-winning cartoonist Monty Wedd, who has made a great contribution to the Australian comic industry and Australian history.

Monty Wedd (1921 – 2012) is an artist and historian in what is now considered the Golden Age of Australian Comics.
In 1950s and 1960s, he is known for the adventurous comic strips, including the best-seller series such as Captain Justice and The Scorpion. In 1970s, his profound passion for Australian history has led him to create Ned Kelly and Bold Ben Hall comic strips. He wanted to use his comic strips to inspire the younger generation to explore the colourful past of Australia. His every panel, making up the historically accurate adventures, is filled with the ardour of the Australian people, culture and landscapes. Through these dedicatedly researched comic strips, readers would realize that, contrary to the norm, we do have a remarkable and fascinating history.

Monty Wedd’s research to produce Ned Kelly or Bold Ben Hall was painstaking, as well as methodical. The life stories of Australian famous bushrangers, including their family and their gang were all recorded in detail. The masterful artwork depicts all the known roles and locations as they were, with an accuracy that may be compared to any historical images that exist. He tells the Kelly story right from start, to the saving of young Dick Shelton and his planned annihilation of the Victorian Police in the train wreck at Glenrowan, and finally to his execution in the Melbourne Gaol.
Although not as famous as Ned Kelly, the bushranger Ben Hall has developed a presence in both Australian history and local folklore. He was the topic of some of the earliest silent films in Australia, as well as a number of folk songs (''Streets of Forbes''). Bold Ben Hall was a weekly adventure strip that was syndicated in various Sunday Australian newspapers and the second in a trilogy of Australian histories that were narrated and illustrated by Monty Wedd. Compared to his Kelly strip, Monty gave the Ben Hall strip a much longer story and a wider historical perspective. The feature ran from 1977 to 1985 – an astonishing feat in itself – and this book is the first to publish the complete adventures in one volume.
Both books, Ned Kelly ($30) and Bold Ben Hall ($60), are available to buy at ACM Docklands, where we are also having the Ned Kelly exhibition. Please contact us if you are interested in buying, a discount would be provided if purchasing in large quantities.
Monty Wedd – Awards & Honours:

1987 & 1989:     
Winner Australian Black and White Artist’ Club Award: Adventure/Illustrated Strip Artist

Medal of the Order of Australia OAM for Services to the Community as a Historian, Writer and Illustrator

Winner of the Jim Russell Award for Significant Contribution to Australian Cartooning

Australian Cartoonists’ Association – Hall of Fame inductee
Editor: Evelyn
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