Judges for the 2013 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning have been announced, a group comprising cartoonists and other artists from Montreal. Nominees were announced the other day, but these five will make final selections for “The Nipper” and the other honors. Awards winners will be announced May 11th during TCAF.
Born in Saint-Malo, France in 1983 Julie Delporte currently lives in Montreal where she publishes books and zines with the collective Colosse. In 2011 – 2012 she was a fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. She has published a French children’s book (La courte échelle) about a little girl who turns into a raccoon and some short pieces at L’employé du Moi (Brussels). A collection of her journal comics will be published by Koyama Press in 2013. She also co-organized Montreal’s annual “48 Heures” comics festival and newsprint anthology, and runs and co-hosts the comics-centric radio show “Dans ta Bulle.”
Pascal Girard was born in Jonquière, Quebec in 1981 and began filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings from his first day of school. Since he was never able to rid himself of this habit he decided to make a career of it. He received his interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi in 2004. He now lives in Montreal where he divides his time between his illustration career and drawing comics. His first two books, Dans un cruchon and Nicolas shared the Réal-Fillion prize at the Quebec Francophone Comics Festival in 2006. Pascal won the 2011 Doug Wright Best Book Award for Bigfoot.
Jonathan Goldstein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1969, where he spent four years before his family moved to Montreal, Quebec — his mother’s hometown. Goldstein attended McGill University and later completed a master’s program in creative writing at Concordia University. After graduation Goldstein worked in the telemarketing industry for a decade while writing in his spare time. In 2000, Goldstein relocated to Chicago to work as a producer for NPR’s This American Life. He moved back to Montreal in 2002 to work on several projects for CBC Radio One, including his show WireTap which debuted in 2004. Goldstein has published three books, Lenny Bruce Is Dead (2001), Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! (2009) and his 2012 book I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow. (@J_Goldstein)
Joe Ollmann was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1966. Drawing comics since he was a young boy, Ollmann’s first book, Chewing on Tinfoil, was published in 2001 followed by The Big Book of Wag! in 2004 which collected the best of his mini-comic Wag! Joe won the 2007 Doug Wright Best Book Award for This Will All End in Tears. His graphic novel Mid-Life was published by Drawn and Quarterly in 2011. Now living in Montreal, he enjoys writing biographies such as this in the third-person. (http://wagpress.blogspot.ca/)
Natalia Yanchuk was born in Toronto, Ontario. A card-carrying member of the Spümcø Fan Club (R.I.P.), she narrowly escaped a career in animation when she joined Montreal-based rock group The Dears. A graduate of Creative Writing at Concordia University, she is also a blogger and speculative fiction/science fiction writer. She is currently developing a graphic novel about pirate-run, all-inclusive vacations with illustrator D. Boyd. (nataliayanchak.com, @nataliayanchak)
The jury will vote on the recipients of the Best Book and Spotlight (aka “The Nipper”) categories at this year’s Doug Wright Awards, which will be held in Toronto, Ontario on May 11, 2013 as a feature event of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival.
For more information visit www.wrightawards.ca.
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