This morning the nominees for the 2016 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning were announced. Presented each year at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the Doug Wright Awards honor Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have published work in cartooning in the past year. (Sorry, French Canadians, only work in English are included, although translations are eligible.) The awards are named for cartoonist Doug Wright, who created the newspaper strip Doug Wright's Family.

There are three categories for the Awards: Best Book, honoring the best Canadian work in cartooning; the Spotlight Award, focusing on emerging talent; and the Pigskin Peters Award, given to authors publishing the best experimental and avant-garde comics.

Drawn & Quarterly books were well represented with five nominations for best book. Half of the creators nominated for best book are women, including favorites like Kate Beaton and Jillian Tamaki.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

2016 Doug Wright Award for Best Book

Dressing by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
Melody by Sylvie Rancourt (Drawn & Quarterly)
Palookaville #22 by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly)
Stroppy by Marc Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award

Ted Gudlat for Funny Ha-Has (Roads Publishing)
Dakota McFadzean for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything (Conundrum Press)
Rebecca Roher for Mom Body (The Nib)
Sabrina Scott for Witchbody
Kat Verhoeven for Towerkind (Conundrum Press)

2016 Pigskin Peters Award

Leather Vest by Michael Comeau
New Comics # 6 & 7 by Patrick Kyle
Intelligent Sentient? by Luke Ramsey (Drawn & Quarterly)
We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians by Tin Can Forest and Geoff Berner
Agalma by Stanley Wany (Éditions Trip)


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place May 14-15 2016.


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