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(s) 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 Comic Arts 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 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

2012[edit]

Best Book

Doug Wright Spotlight Award a.k.a. “The Nipper” which recognizes Canadian cartooning talents worthy of wider recognition

  • Ethan Rilly for Pope Hats #2 (Adhouse Books)
  • Emily Carroll for “The Seven Windows” (from The Anthology Project vol. 2), “Margot’s Room” and “The Prince & the Sea” (and other comics at emcarroll.com/comic)
  • Patrick Kyle for Black Mass # 5 – 6
  • Betty Liang for Wet T-Shirt #1, “It’s Only a Secret if You Don’t Tell Anyone” (in š! #9), “Anna Freud’s Recurring Dream” (and other comics at bettyliang.tumblr.com)
  • Zach Worton for The Klondike

Pigskin Peters Award

2013[edit]

Best Book

Doug Wright Spotlight Award a.k.a. “The Nipper”

2013 Pigskin Peters Award

2014[edit]

Best Book

  • Palookaville #21 by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press)
  • Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann (Conundrum Press)
  • Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

Spotlight Award

  • Connor Willumsen for "Calgary: Death Milks a Cow", "Treasure Island", "Mooncalf", and "Passionfruit"
  • Dakota McFadzean for Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On (Conundrum Press)
  • Patrick Kyle for Distance Mover #7–12, New Comics #1–2
  • Steven Gilbert for The Journal of the Main Street Secret Lodge
  • Georgia Webber for Dumb #1–3

Pigskin Peters Award

  • "Calgary: Death Milks a Cow" by Connor Willumsen
  • Flexible Tube with Stink Lines by Seth Scriver
  • Journal by Julie Delporte (Koyama Press)
  • "Out of Skin" by Emily Carroll
  • Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

2015[edit]

Best Book

  • Ant Colony by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac (Jonathan Cape/Random House)
  • Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
  • The People Inside by Ray Fawkes (Oni Press)
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood)

Doug Wright Spotlight Award

  • Aaron Costain for Entropy #10
  • Elisabeth Belliveau for One Year in America (Conundrum Press)
  • Julie Delporte for Everywhere Antennas (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Meags Fitzgerald for Photobooth: A Biography (Conundrum Press)
  • Simon Roy for Tiger Lung (Dark Horse)
  • Sophie Yanow for War of Streets and Houses (Uncivilized Books)

Pigskin Peters Award

  • Comics Collection 2010–2013 and Less than Dust by Julien Ceccaldi
  • Great Success! 1983–2013 by Henriette Valium (Crna Hronika)
  • New Comics #3–5 by Patrick Kyle (Mother Books)
  • Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention by Tings Chak (The Architecture Observer)
  • "Swinespritzen" by Connor Willumsen

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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