The finalists have been announced for the 2012 Doug Wright Awards, which recognize the best in English-language comics by Canadians. The awards are named for Doug Wright, the late cartoonist whose strip Doug Wright’s Family appeared for more than 30 years in newspapers across the country.
The winners of the eighth annual awards will be presented May 5 during the Toronto Comics Art Festival. The finalists are:
- Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Lose #3, by Michael Deforge (Koyama Press)
- Mid-Life, by Joe Ollmann (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Paying for It, by Chester Brown (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Reunion, by Pascal Girard for (Drawn and Quarterly)
- The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly)
Spotlight Award (recognizing talent deserving wider recognition)
- Emily Carroll for “The Seven Windows” (from The Anthology Project vol. 2), “Margot’s Room” and “The Prince & the Sea” (and other comics at emcarroll.com/comic).
- Patrick Kyle for Black Mass #5–6
- Betty Liang for Wet T-Shirt #1, “It’s Only a Secret if You Don’t Tell Anyone” (in š! #9), “Anna Freud’s Recurring Dream” (and other comics at bettyliang.tumblr.com)
- Ethan Rilly for Pope Hats #2 (AdHouse Books)
- Zach Worton for The Klondike (Drawn and Quarterly)
Pigskin Peters Award (recognizing the best in avant-garde or experimental comics)
- Hermoddities, by Temple Bates (Conundrum Press)
- Pure Pajamas, by Marc Bell (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Hellberta, by Michael Comeau (Koyama Press)
- ‘Untitled’ by Mum Pittsburg, Jupiter Leucetius! Send Us a King. We Are So Bored (and other comics at connorwillumsen.com), by Connor Willumsen
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