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D&Q dominates Doug Wright Award nominations

Montreal comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly has secured five out of six nominations for the 2012 Doug Wright Award for Best Book, with veteran D&Q artists Joe Ollman, Chester Brown, and Seth competing against popular newcomers Pascal Girard and Kate Beaton.

Founded in 2004, the annual awards were established as a “means of recognizing and promoting Canadian comics and comic creators.” The winners will be announced on May 5 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in conjunction with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Doug Wright Award for Best Book:

Doug Wright Spotlight Award (recognizing talent deserving of wider recognition):

  • Emily Carroll, “The Seven Windows” (from The Anthology Project vol. 2), “Margot’s Room,” “The Prince & the Sea,” and other comics at emcarroll.com/comic
  • Patrick Kyle, Black Mass #5–6
  • Betty Liang for Wet T-Shirt #1, “It’s Only a Secret if You Don’t Tell Anyone” (from š! #9), “Anna Freud’s Recurring Dream,” and other comics at bettyliang.tumblr.com
  • Ethan Rilly, Pope Hats #2 (AdHouse Books)
  • Zach Worton, The Klondike (D&Q)

Pigskin Peters Award (recognizing the best in avant-garde or experimental comics):

  • Hermoddities, Temple Bates (Conundrum Press)
  • Pure Pajamas, Marc Bell (D&Q)
  • Hellberta, Michael Comeau (Koyama Press)
  • “Untitled” by Mum Pittsburg, Jupiter Leucetius! Send Us a King. We Are So Bored, and other comics at connorwillumsen.com, Connor Willumsen

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