The best in Canadian comics and graphic novels were honoured May 14 at the 2016 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning in Toronto, including first-time nods for Dakota McFadzean and Patrick Kyle and a repeat win for Michael Deforge (his third).
A feature event of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF), the 12th annual Wright Awards were held at the Forest Hill ballroom of the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel in downtown Toronto. The evening featured special appearances by R. Sikoryak (Raw, Masterpiece Comics), special guest presenters Seth, Chester Brown, Jeet Heer, Heidi McDonald, Chris Kuzma, Maurice Vellekoop, Nathalie Atkinson, and Betty Liang.
Each year we ask the jury members to provide a brief official statement that explains why they chose a specific work or cartoonist to win one of our three awards. These are then delivered at the ceremony by a jury member on behalf of the entire jury.
Best Book winner Dressing by Michael DeForge “shows a deep understanding of the narrative possibilities of the comics medium, and explores them with inventive use of form.”
Of the comic strips in Spotlight Award-winner Dakota McFadzean’s Don’t Get Eaten by Anything the jury said “Many are spill-your-drink funny. These are the kinds of comics you stick on your fridge or office door and leave there for years.”
About Pigskin Peters winner New Comics #6 + 7 by Patrick Kyle ” Patrick Kyle makes comics that are unpredictable, florid, and bizarrely funny. … [his] curious, adventurous work pushes at the extreme boundaries of the form.”
The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning are proud to announce their 2016 finalists.
The recipients of the 12th annual Wright Awards will be announced in a ceremony held at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival on May 14, 2016 in Toronto.
This year nearly half of the finalists for the Doug Wright Awards were first-time nominees. To help highlight these artists we decided to run a series on interviews with them to help you get to know them better.
You can find them all here.
The Doug Wright Awards were established in 2004 to honour the legacy of the late great Doug Wright by recognizing the best in Canadian comics and graphic novels.
The critically acclaimed artist behind Doug Wright’s Family, Wright has been hailed for his unparalleled draftsmanship and his touching, compact narratives. He has been compared to the likes of Charles Schulz and George Herriman, and is truly a master of 20th century Canadian comics.