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Rabagliati, Collier, and Bunjevac win Doug Wright Awards

The winners of the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian comics were announced at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 11.

The winners of the awards, which recognize the best in Canadian English-language comics, were chosen by jurors Joe Ollmann, Pascal Girard, Jonathan Goldstein, Natalia Yanchak, and Julie Delporte.

The ceremony was hosted by actor and comedian Scott Thompson. The evening also saw Albert Chartier inducted into The Giants of the North, the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame.

Best Book was won by Michel Rabagliati, the author of The Song of Roland (Conundrum Press). In 2006, Rabagliati won the Doug Wright Award in the same category for his novel Paul Moves Out (Drawn & Quarterly).

Nina Bunjevac was a first-time DWA nominee and her book Heartless (Conundrum Press) won the The Spotlight Award (aka The Nipper).

David Collier’s Hamilton Illustrated (Wolsak & Wynn) won the Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes experimental and non-narrative efforts. In 2005, Collier’s The Frank Ritza Papers was nominated for a Doug Wright Award for Best Book.