It’s time for the annual nominations in Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. The finalists, representing the best in Canadian cartooning, are chosen by a judging panel—this year’s included Jerry Ciccoritti, Barbara Postema, Sean Rogers, Geneve Firanski and Chester Brown—and presented at aa gala during TCAF, this year to be held on May 9. And the nominees are:
Ant Colony, by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
Fatherland, by Nina Bunjevac (Jonathan Cape/Random House)
Safari Honeymoon, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
The People Inside, by Ray Fawkes (Oni Press)
This One Summer, by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood/First Second)
2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes Canadian cartoonists deserving of wider recognition are:
Aaron Costain, for Entropy #10
Elisabeth Belliveau for One Year in America (Conundrum Press)
Sophie Yanow, for War of Streets and Houses (Uncivilized Books)
2015 Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes unconventional, experimental, or avant-garde Canadian comics are:
New Comics #3-5 by Patrick Kyle (Mother Books)
Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention by Tings Chak (The Architecture Observer)
“Swinespritzen” by Connor Willumsen
Each year a Canadian cartooning giant of the past is inducted into the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame, and this year’s inductee it long-time London Free Press editorial cartoonist Merle “Ting” Tingley.
Ting, 93, has won national and international awards for his art and is regarded by many as the dean of Canadian newspaper cartoonists.
Ting’s whimsical and distinctive cartoons about politics and society ran in the southern Ontario Free Press for nearly 40 years (1948 to 1986) and were syndicated across Canada in more than 60 newspapers.
His work is still known by many thanks to his signature cartoon mascot, “Luke Worm”, which he included in each of his cartoons creating a “look-and-find” game for many of his younger readers.
In 2014, the London Arts Project and cartoonist Diana Tamblyn launched The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival dedicated to comics creators working in and around the southern Ontario city.
The 2nd Annual Ting Festival runs at The Arts Project from April 21 to May 9, 2015.
The jury for the winners will consist of cartoonist and teacher Fiona Smyth, cartoonist and past DWA nominee Zach Worton, and Conan Tobias Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Taddle Creek magazine. MOre than 200 works were submitted for considertion.
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.