Doug Wright Award nominees announced for 2021

The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning have announced their nominees for 2021. Leading the pack in nominations is Montreal-based publisher Drawn & Quarterly, with four nominations in all, including three books nominated in the Best Book category.

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The Doug Wright Awards have annually taken place during the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) weekend. This year TCAF will be held in a virtual format from May 8 to 15.

On the Doug Wright Awards blog, they said:

“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.”

For Giants of the North, Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame, since 2019, the category has inducted one living and one deceased noteworthy member of the Canadian comics community. Because of COVID restrictions, the living recipients of the induction both last year and this year have been deferred until restrictions are lifted so that they may be inducted in person. 2021’s deceased inductee into the Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame will be Mr. Monster creator Fred Kelly (1921-2005).

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Check out the full list of nominees below. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. The winners of the 17th annual Doug Wright Awards will be announced via a pre-recorded live stream on YouTube and Facebook on Saturday May 8, 2021. Don McKellar will host.


The Doug Wright Award for Best Book

  • Lonely Boys, by S. Bédard (Pow Pow Press)
  • Familiar Face, by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
    Constantly, by GG (Koyama Press)
  • Paul at Home, by Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Wendy, Master of Art, by Walter Scott (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Nipper: The Doug Wright Award for Emerging Talent

  • Adam de Souza, A Gleaming No. 2 (Self-published)
  • Kimberly Edgar, The Space In Between (Self-published)
  • Courtney Loberg, We Don’t Go Through the Angelgrass I (Self-published)
  • 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, by Scott Carruthers (Popnoir Editions)
  • The Desecration, by Scott Carruthers and Sally McKay (Self-published)
  • A Gleaming No. 2, by Adam de Souza (Self-published)
  • The Space In Between, by Kimberly Edgar (Self-published)
  • Awkward Pause, by Ryan Harby (Renegade Arts Entertainment)

The Egghead: The Doug Wright Award for Best Kids’ Book

  • A Slug Story, by Mandi Kujawa, Hana Kujawa, Claude St. Aubin, and Lovern Kindzierski (Renegade Arts Entertainment)
  • The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt, by Riel Nason and Byron Eggenschwiler (Tundra Books)
  • Okay, Universe: Chronicles of a Woman in Politics, by Valérie Plante and Delphie Côté-Lacroix (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Grandmother School, by Rina Singh and Ellen Rooney (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Swift Fox All Along, by Rebecca Thomas and Maya McKibbin (Annick Press)

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