The Doug Wright Awards, which recognize English language Canadian comics creators in three categories, have just announced the 2012 finalists. Expected names like Chester Brown and Kate Beaton are mixed with newer folks like Ethan Rilly and Connor Willumsen. There’s not a title on this list that isn’t worthy of reading.

The nominees for the 2012 Doug Wright Award for Best Book are: 
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)
Lose #3 by Michael Deforge (Koyama Press)
Mid-Life, by Joe Ollmann (Drawn and Quarterly) 
Paying for It by Chester Brown (Drawn and Quarterly)
Reunion by Pascal Girard for (Drawn and Quarterly)
The nominees for the 2012 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”), which recognizes talent deserving of wider recognition, are:
Emily Carroll for "The Seven Windows" (from The Anthology Project vol. 2), "Margot’s Room" and "The Prince & the Sea" (and other comics at
Patrick Kyle for Black Mass # 5 – 6
Betty Liang for Wet T-Shirt #1, "It’s Only a Secret if You Don’t Tell Anyone" (in š! #9), "Anna Freud’s Recurring Dream" (and other comics at
Ethan Rilly for Pope Hats #2 (AdHouse Books) 
Zach Worton for The Klondike (Drawn and Quarterly)
And the nominees for the 2012 Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best in avant-garde or experimental comics, are: 
Hermoddities, by Temple Bates (Conundrum Press)
Pure Pajamas, Marc Bell (Drawn and Quarterly) 
Hellberta, by Michael Comeau (Koyama Press) 

The nominees for the 2012 Doug Wright Awards were chosen by a committee from a long list of nearly 100 works and submissions published during the 2011 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee included Jerry Ciccoritti, Jeet Heer, Bryan Munn, Chris Randle and Sean Rogers.

The 2012 winners will be decided by a jury that will include: visual artist Shary Boyle, cartoonist John Martz (A Doug Wright Award Best Emerging Talent nominee in 2010 and Pigskin Peters Award nominee in 2008), book artist and professor George Walker and Julie Traves, deputy arts editor for The Globe and Mail.

The winnes will be announced May 5, 2012 in Toronto’s Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario, at TCAF. Political cartoonist Terry Mosher (who works under the pen name “Aislin”) will be on hand at this year’s ceremony to be inducted into The Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame.

This year marks Mosher’s 40th anniversary of publishing his acerbic and often hilarious cartoons in The Montreal Gazette. The Doug Wright Awards, along with its partner TCAF, are proud to have him in-the-flesh for an on-stage discussion with writer and Globe and Mail columnist Rick Salutin, about his colourful career and life.