DeForge, Brown, Doucet among The Doug Wright Awards 2017 nominees

‘Neil the Horse’ creator Katherine Collins named to the Giants of the North, the Canadian cartoonist hall of fame.

Awards season continues in earnest today as the Doug Wright Awards announced the 2017 nominees for “the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics.”

Katherine Collins, creator of Neil the Horse Comics and Stories, is this year’s inductee to the Giants of the North, the Doug Wright Awards’ hall of fame. You can read more about her on the Doug Wright website.

The nominees are:

Nominees for the 2017 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best book published in Canada (in English):

  • Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus by Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Big Kids by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Burt’s Way Home by John Martz (Koyama Press)
  • The Envelope Manufacturer by Chris Oliveros
  • Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher (Conundrum Press)

Nominees for the 2017 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. The Nipper), presented to a Canadian cartoonist deserving of wider recognition:

  • Jessica Campbell, Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists (Koyama Press)
  • GG, “These Days,” “Lapse” (both from š! No. 25 [kuš!]), and an untitled story from Altcomics Magazine 3 (2dcloud)
  • Nathan Jurevicius, Birthmark (Koyama Press)
  • Laura Ķeniņš, Alien Beings (kuš!)
  • Brie Moreno, Dearest, Gift Shop 3D (Oireau), Missy, untitled story from š! No. 6 (kuš!), various web comics
  • Steve Wolfhard, Cat Rackham (Koyama Press)

Nominees for the 2017 Pigskin Peters Award, presented for the best experimental, unconventional or avant-garde comic:

  • Carpet Sweeper Tales by Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Draw Blood by Ron Hotz
  • Garbage by Matthew Reichertz (Conundrum Press)
  • After Land by Chris Taylor (Floating World Comics)
  • The Palace of Champions by Henriette Valium (Conundrum Press)

The Doug Wright Awards will be presented during the 2017 Toronto Comic Arts Festival, or TCAF, on May 14. A collection of Neil the Horse from Conundrum Press will debut at the show.

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