The nominees for the 2017 Doug Wright Awards have been named, with the winner scheduled to be announced May 14 at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
The nominees were chosen from a panel of judges which were Sean Rogers, Joe Ollman, Betty Liang. The winners will ultimately chosen by Dakota McFadzean, Sue Carter, and others unnamed.
In addition to these awards, Katherine Collins has been announced as entering the Doug Wright Awards' "Giants of the North" Hall of Fame.
Here are the nominees:
2017 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best book published in Canada (in English):
- Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus by Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly)
- Big Kids by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
- Burt’s Way Home by John Martz (Koyama Press)
- The Envelope Manufacturer by Chris Oliveros
- Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher (Conundrum Press)
2017 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. The Nipper), presented to a Canadian cartoonist deserving of wider recognition:
- Jessica Campbell, Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists (Koyama Press)
- GG, “These Days,” “Lapse” (both from š! No. 25 [kuš!]), and an untitled story from Altcomics Magazine 3 (2dcloud)
- Nathan Jurevicius, Birthmark (Koyama Press)
- Laura ?eni?š, Alien Beings (kuš!)
- Brie Moreno, Dearest, Gift Shop 3D (Oireau), Missy, untitled story from š! No. 6 (kuš!), various web comics
- Steve Wolfhard, Cat Rackham (Koyama Press)
2017 Pigskin Peters Award, presented for the best experimental, unconventional or avant-garde comic:
- Carpet Sweeper Tales by Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
- Draw Blood by Ron Hotz
- Garbage by Matthew Reichertz (Conundrum Press)
- After Land by Chris Taylor (Floating World Comics)
- The Palace of Champions by Henriette Valium (Conundrum Press)