Nominees for the 2020 Doug Wright Awards, which honor “the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics,” were announced this week. Conundrum Press leads the pack this year in terms of nominations, with four, while Drawn & Quarterly and Koyama Press each received two nominations.
The Doug Wright Awards also announced that Walter Ball, a longtime cartoonist for the Toronto Star and creator of the strip Rural Route, will be inducted into the “Giants of the North” hall of fame.
You can find the complete list of nominees below.
The Doug Wright Award for best book
This Place: 150 Years Retold
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, Chelsea Vowel, Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, GMB Chomichuk, Natasha Donovan, Scott A. Ford, Scott B. Henderson, Ryan Howe, Andrew Lodwick, Jen Storm, Donovan Yaciuk, Alicia Elliott
The Cursed Hermit
Kris Bertin, Alexander Forbes
Vivek Shraya, Ness Lee
Arsenal Pulp Press
Bradley of Him
The Nipper: The Doug Wright Award for emerging talent
Things Go Wrong
Drawn & Quarterly
The Pigskin Peters: The Doug Wright Award for best small- or micro-press book
Boumeries, Vol. 9
Baby in the Boneyard
Lisa Mendis, Christopher Ducharme, Lucas C. Pauls
At Bay Press
Black Eye Books
The Egghead: The Doug Wright Award for best kids’ book
Brick Breaks Free
The Worst Book Ever
Drawn & Quarterly
Alma and the Beast
This year’s judges for the awards include Shanda Deziel, Deborah Dundas, Meags Fitzgerald, Jesse Jacobs, Calum Johnston, Alison McCreesh, Serah-Marie McMahon, Noah Van Sciver, Todd Stewart, Philip Street, Maurice Vellekoop and Kat Verhoeven. The awards are usually announced at TCAF, which has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus, so this year’s they are presenting them online on May 9 at 8 p.m.