Announcing the Nominees of the 2021 Doug Wright Awards

Posted on 12. Apr, 2021 by in Uncategorized

The Doug Wright Awards are pleased to announce this year’s nominees, selected from works published by Canadian creators in the 2020 calendar year:

The Doug Wright Award for best book

Lonely Boys
S. Bédard 
Pow Pow Press

Familiar Face
Michael DeForge
Drawn & Quarterly

Koyama Press

Paul at Home
Michel Rabagliati
Drawn & Quarterly

Wendy, Master of Art
Walter Scott
Drawn & Quarterly

The Nipper: The Doug Wright Award for emerging talent

Adam de Souza
A Gleaming No. 2

Kimberly Edgar
The Space In Between

Courtney Loberg
We Don’t Go Through the Angelgrass I

Veronica Post
Langosh & Peppi: Fugitive Days
Conundrum Press

Shannon M. Reeves
Restless Bones
Gytha Press

The Pigskin Peters: The Doug Wright Award for best small- or micro-press book

The Noiseless Din
Scott Carruthers
Popnoir Editions

The Desecration
Scott Carruthers and Sally McKay

A Gleaming No. 2
Adam de Souza

The Space In Between
Kimberly Edgar

Awkward Pause
Ryan Harby
Renegade Arts Entertainment

The Egghead: The Doug Wright Award for best kids’ book

A Slug Story
Mandi Kujawa, Hana Kujawa, Claude St. Aubin, and Lovern Kindzierski
Renegade Arts Entertainment

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
Riel Nason and Byron Eggenschwiler
Tundra Books

Okay, Universe: Chronicles of a Woman in Politics
Valérie Plante and Delphie Côté-Lacroix
Drawn & Quarterly

Grandmother School
Rina Singh and Ellen Rooney
Orca Book Publishers

Swift Fox All Along
Rebecca Thomas and Maya McKibbin
Annick Press

Drawn & Quarterly leads as the publisher of the most nominated books, with four, followed by Renegade Arts Entertainment, with two.

This year, 147 books by Canadian authors and artists were submitted to the Doug Wright Awards, in four categories. Nominees and winners were chosen by a panel of three judges per category. Books from more than 30 publishers were submitted, along with nearly three dozen self-published works.

Each winner will receive a small cash prize, and the winner of The Nipper will be awarded a weeklong retreat at the Valleyview Artist Retreat, in Caledon, Ontario. All entrants to The Pigskin Peters will receive a one-year subscription to Broken Pencil. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees! 

Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame
This year we are again pushing the induction of our living Giant of the North inductee until such time as a live public ceremony is again possible.

This year’s Giants of the North nominee is Fred Kelly (1921–2005), a writer and artist best known for his work with Bell Features during the post–Second World War “Canadian Whites” era, in particular his creation of the character Mr. Monster.

The Ceremony
The 2021 Doug Wright Awards will be broadcast as a pre-recorded livestream, on Facebook and YouTube, on Saturday, May 8th, at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Don McKellar. 

Our thanks to this year’s judges: Steven W. Beattie, Claudia Dávila, Jenn Haines, Paul G. Hammond, Brett Lamb, Shauna McCabe, Sylvia Nickerson, Emily Pohl-Weary, Sarah Sawler, Jonathan Valelly, and Frank Viva. You can read more about each of our judges on the Doug Wright Awards Web site

Thanks as well to this year’s sponsors: Broken Pencil, Valleyview Artist Retreat, Taddle Creek, the Beguiling, and Toronto Comic Arts Festival. 

About the Doug Wright Awards
The Doug Wright Awards were founded in 2005 to celebrate excellence in the field pf Canadian comics. The awards are named for Doug Wright (1917–1983), the creator of the long-running strip Doug Wright’s Family(a.k.a. Nipper), one of the most widely read and loved Canadian comics of the twentieth century. 

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17th Annual Doug Wright Awards poster by Robb Mirsky.

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