Doug Wright Award

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Doug Wright Award
Doug Wright Award trophy
Doug Wright Award trophy, designed by Seth, using an image from Doug Wright's Family
Awarded for Achievement in English-language Canadian comics
Country Canada
Reward Wood-and-glass trophy
Official website http://www.dougwrightawards.com

The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning (founded December 2004) are literary awards handed out annually during the Toronto Comics Art Festival to Canadian cartoonists honouring excellence in comics (including webcomics) and graphic novels published in English (including translated works). The awards are named in honour of Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright. Winners are selected by a jury of Canadians who have made significant contributions to national culture, based on shortlisted selections provided by a nominating committee of five experts in the comics field. The Wrights are handed out in three categories, "Best Book", "The Spotlight Award" (affectionately known as "The Nipper"), and, since 2008, the "Pigskin Peters Award" for non-narrative or experimental works.

The Wright Awards are modeled after traditional book prizes, with the intention of drawing attention to the comics medium from a broad range of demographics inside and outside of its traditional fanbase. The Wrights have garnered acclaim as well as earning the support of a diverse range of participating artists and jurors including Scott Thompson, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Jerry Ciccoritti, Bob Rae, Andrew Coyne, Sara Quin, Greg Morrison, Chester Brown, Lorenz Peter, and Nora Young.

Awards[edit]

The Best Book and The Spotlight awards are a large wood-and-glass trophies which are engraved with images from Wright's comic strip (the one difference being the images that are etched on the glass). The award was designed by the cartoonist Seth, who admitted to some embarrassment at being the inaugural winner of the trophy he designed.[1] The Pigskin Peters Award, named in honour of a character from Jimmy Frise's Birdseye Center, is a custom, tailored derby hat with its own unique plaque that doubles as a hat post. It was also designed by Seth.

Each recipient of a Doug Wright Award also receives a custom-bound copy of the their winning work.

Nominees/Winners[edit]

2005[edit]

Juried by Chester Brown, Rebecca Caldwell, Nora Young, Jerry Ciccoritti and Don McKellar.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

2006[edit]

Juried by Justin Peroff, Alan Hunt and Ben Portis.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

2007[edit]

Juried by Bruce McDonald, Mark Kingwell, Judy MacDonald, Lorenz Peter and Jessica Johnson.

Best Book

  • Shenzen: A Travelogue From China by Guy Delisle (D&Q)
  • This Will All End in Tears by Joe Ollman (Insomniac Press)
  • Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni)
  • Gilded Lilies by Jillian Tamaki (Conundrum Press)
  • Nog-a-dod edited by Marc Bell (Conundrum Press)

Best Emerging Talent

  • Gray Horses by Hope Larson (Oni)
  • House of Sugar by Rebecca Kraatz (Tulip Tree Press)
  • Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Bacter-area by Keith Jones (D&Q)
  • Mendacity by Tamara Berger & Sophie Cossette (Kiss Machine)

2008[edit]

Juried by Katrina Onstad, Ho Che Anderson, Marc Glassman, Mariko Tamaki and Helena Rickett.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

2008 introduced a new category dedicated to works that fall outside the bounds of traditional storytelling. Named after a character in the classic Canadian comic strip Birdseye Center, the Pigskin Peters Award recognizes non-narrative (or nominally-narrative) comics.

Pigskin Peters Award

  • Milk Teeth by Julie Morstad (D&Q)
  • Little Lessons in Safety by Emily Holton (Conundrum Press)
  • Excelsior 1968 by John Martz (self-published)
  • Fire Away by Chris von Szombathy (D&Q)

2009[edit]

Juried by Bob Rae, Andrew Coyne, Martin Levin, Joe Ollmann and Diana Tamblyn.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

Pigskin Peters Award

Winners of the 2009 Doug Wright Awards were announced on May 9, 2009 at the Art Gallery of Ontario during a ceremony hosted by actor and director Don McKellar.[2]

2010[edit]

Juried by Matt Forsythe, Geoff Pevere, Fiona Smyth, and Carl Wilson.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

Pigskin Peters Award

Winners of the 2010 Doug Wright Awards were announced on May 8, 2010 in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library, during a ceremony hosted by actor Peter Outerbridge.

2011[edit]

Juried by Sara Quin, Michael Redhill, Anita Kunz, Marc Bell, and Mark Medley.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

Pigskin Peters Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian cartoonists honoured in Toronto". CBC Arts. May 30, 2005. Retrieved September 20, 2006. 
  2. ^ Wong, Jessica (May 10, 2009). "Outsider tale Skim, quirky History Comics nab cartooning awards". CBC News (cbcnews.ca). Retrieved May 22, 2009. 

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