Last night’s 9th annual Doug Wright Awards, honoring the best in Canadian comics past and present, unspooled with the following winners:
Best Book: The Song of Roland, by Michel Rabagliati
The Spotlight Award (aka “The Nipper”): Nina Bunjevac for Heartless
Pigskin Peters Award: Hamilton Illustrated, by David Collier
Albert Chartier was inducted into The Giants of the North, the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame. Little known outside Quebec, Chartier’s strip Onésime ran for 59 years, one of the longest running single creator strips in Canadian history.
The winners were decided by a jury of Joe Ollmann, Pascal Girard, Jonathan Goldstein, Natalia Yanchak and Julie Delporte.
The evening was MC’d by Canadian comedian Scott Thompson, who touched the audience with the story of of how working on his graphic novel Husk: The Hollow Planet had helped him get through chemotherapy, then had everyone rolling in the aisles with his quick wit. A special video package putting Thompson into the year’s best book nominees was also made, which you can view above, making this the very first Michael DeForge/Kids in the Hall crossover. Somehow, we feel it may not be the last.
The night was stolon by winner David Collier, however, who delivered a long, quintessentially Collieresque monolog on trying and failing to show Australian cartoonists the finer side of Canadian life.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.