The Nominees for the Best English-Language Comics Published in Canada Last Year

by BK Munn
The nominees for the 2017 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning have been announced. The awards recognize the best comics published by Canadian creators last year. As is tradition, the winners will be announced at an evening ceremony during TCAF in May.
In addition to the awards, the Wrights organizers will induct a new member into the Giants of the North hall of fame. This year’s Giant is Katherine Collins, creator of the 1980s comic book series Neil the Horse.
The nominees were chosen by a committee made up of comics critic Sean Rogers and cartoonists Joe Ollmann and Betty Liang.
Here are the nominees:

Best Book

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 (Chris Oliveros)
Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher (Conundrum Press)

Doug Wright Spotlight Award a.k.a. The Nipper

(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 Ķeniņš, 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)

Pigskin Peters Award

(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)
more details at the Wright Awards site