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The Doug Wright Awards (founded December 2004) are literary awards handed out annually to Canadian cartoonists, honouring excellence in works published in English. The awards are named for Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright. Winners are selected by a jury of five 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", "Best Emerging Talent" 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 and coverage from mainstream and literary media, as well as earning the support of a diverse range of participating artists and jurors including Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Jerry Ciccoritti, Bob Rae, Andrew Coyne, Chester Brown, Lorenz Peter, and Nora Young.

Awards

The Best Book and Best Emerging Talent awards are a large wood-and-glass trophy, engraved with images from Wright's comic strip. 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.

Nominees/Winners

2005

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

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

2006

Juried by Justin Peroff, Alan Hunt and Ben Portis.

Best Book

Best Emerging Talent

2007

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, Strauss & Giroux)
  • Bacter-area by Keith Jones (D&Q)
  • Mendacity by Tamara Berger & Sophie Cossette (Kiss Machine)

2008

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 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

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]

References

  1. ""Canadian cartoonists honoured in Toronto"". CBC Arts. Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2006. 
  2. Wong, Jessica (May 10, 2009). "Outsider tale Skim, quirky History Comics nab cartooning awards". CBC News. cbcnews.ca. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 

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