Award-winning Canadian Graphic Novelist Donates Original Artwork to Benefit The Doug Wright Awards

Posted on 15. Jun, 2006 by in News

The organizers of The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning are delighted to announce their second charity auction: a one-of-a-kind piece of original art by groundbreaking Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown

Considered a pioneer of the 1980s alternative comic renaissance, and undeniably one of the form’s most original and refreshing talents, Toronto’s Chester Brown agreed to lend his distinctive style to the superhero genre as a gesture of support to the 2nd Annual Wright Awards. The result is a stunning interpretation of the comics’ first female superhero: the Amazonian princess known as Wonder Woman.


Inspired by a page from one of Wonder Woman’s earliest appearances, this remarkable 12”x16 ” artwork marks the Montreal-born artist’s first-ever piece of superhero art ever – a fact that makes it both historically significant, and a guaranteed collector’s item.

The Doug Wright Awards were established in 2005 to recognize and spotlight the wide array of talented cartoonists working across Canada. The premiere award event recognizing the art of graphic novels and comics, The Wrights are named in honour of Doug Wright (1917-1983) whose humourous strip Doug Wright’s Family graced newspapers and magazines across Canada for nearly 35 years. 

The first-ever Doug Wright Awards charity auction, which featured a piece of original X-Men artwork by Canadian cartoonist Seth, was held in April 2006 and raised over $1,500.

Chester Brown is one of the pioneers of the 1980s comic renaissance and one of the art form’s most acclaimed talents. He began self-publishing his critically regarded comic-book series Yummy Fur in 1983. In it, Brown serialized his first four graphic novels: Ed the Happy Clown (1989), The Playboy (1992), I Never Liked You (1994), and The Little Man (1998). His Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography was published as a graphic novel in 2003 and was the first graphic novel to make it to the Canadian national bestseller list as well as bestseller lists worldwide. 

This Doug Wright Awards Fundraising Auction will go live on the online auction site eBay on June 19th, 2006. All proceeds will benefit the 2006 edition of The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning, which will be handed out this fall in Toronto. 

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