Brown, Sikoryak, Ollmann, Jacobs, Martz pay tribute to Riverdale gang for Doug Wright Awards fundraising auction

Posted on 11. May, 2017 by in auction, ceremony, News

Auction of original art inspired by the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics benefits non-profit Canadian comic organization

An all-star roster of cartooning talent has come together to help raise funds for The Doug Wright Awards, a non-profit organization dedicated to honouring and celebrating the best in Canadian comics past and present.

More than a dozen of the world’s best cartoonists, including R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics, Raw magazine), Chester Brown (Louis Riel, Paying For It, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus), Joe Ollmann (The Abominable Mr. Seabrook, Mid-Life), John Martz (Burt’s Way Home) and Jesse Jacobs (Safari Honeymoon, Even the Giants), have created original artwork inspired by the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics for the 2017 Doug Wright Awards Fundraising Auction.

They will be joined by Connor Willumsen, John Martz, Patrick Kyle, Dakota McFadzean, Pascal Girard, Zach Worton, David Collier, Keith Jones and Steven Gilbert for this unique Archie homage.

Art by Chester Brown, 8” x 10”, pen and ink on paper, based on a panel’s from “Past Present” published in Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica #121, January 1966, written by Frank Doyle, art by Dan DeCarlo

In December 1941, Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge made their debut in issue #22 of Pep Comics. Three-quarters of a century later Archie and his gang of timeless teenagers are more popular than ever, continuing to amuse and entertain fans audiences in print, online, TV and other media. According to Archie Comics more than one million copies of Archie comics are sold every month, 30 percent of which are bought in Canada — the highest per capita readership internationally.

The auction will begin on May 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST (check or with Sikoryak’s inspired homage to Archie titled “Archie 101” being posted on eBay, and will continue over the following two weeks with new pieces being posted every few days.

Title: “Archie 101” by R. Sikoryak
Media: Oil pastel and color pencil
Size: 10” x 14” (image is 7 1/2” x 11”)

Most of the pieces will start at $9.99 (CAN) with no reserve, and will be posted online for 10 days, with 100% of the funds generated going to support the non-profit Doug Wright Awards, which is currently in its 13th year.

In addition, the family of the late Doug Wright has provided us with a unique opportunity for collectors of original comic art: an original Doug Wright’s Family strip. After Wright passed away in 1983 his family donated the large majority of his original work to Library and Archives Canada, leaving only a few hand-selected pieces in their possession. To help mark the 100th anniversary of Doug Wright’s birth, his son Ken Wright has donated one of his pieces of Wright’s art to be auctioned off in support of the awards.

Original art by Doug Wright, circa 1966


Current auction items for the 2017 DWA Fundraising Auction

(Click on links to bid on listed items)

R. Sikoryak “Archie 101” (ENDED! Thanks!)

Connor Willumsen “Laugh” (Ends May 26, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST)

Dakota McFadzean “RRRRRRR” (Ends May 29, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST)

Pascal Girard “Sockhop” (Ends June 3, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST)


The Doug Wright Awards are a non-profit organization formed in 2004 to honour the lasting legacy of the late, great Canadian cartoonist Doug Wright (1917–1983), whose strip, Doug Wright’s Family, ran in newspapers in Canada and around the world from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. The Doug Wright Awards recognize comics and graphic novels published in the previous calendar year.

Run – don’t walk – and go checkout the 2017 Doug Wright Awards Fundraising Auction! Bid early! Bid often!




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