Competition was fiercer than the Daytime Emmys on Thursday at the 2nd Annual Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning, but Michel Rabagliati took the prize for Best Book with Paul Moves Out.
Set in 1970’s Montreal, the sequel to Paul Has a Summer Job documents Rabagliati’s first days cohabitating with his future wife during art school. While this year’s nominees like Scott Pilgrim Volume 2 and Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea were remarkably strong, Paul Moves Out had the distinction of being the only contender which made Torontoist cry like a sissy girl (Page 71!!).
Sadly, Rabagliati was not there to receive his award due to prior work-related commitments in Quebec.
Toronto-based artist Lorenz Peter was awarded Best Emerging Talent for Dark Adaptation. It wouldn’t be fair to call him “the new guy”: Peter has been active in the alternative comics community since the mid-90’s and his previous book, Chaos Mission, was well-received by critics. His strip, Gregory Spalding: The Most Boring Vampire Ever, is probably the funniest thing you’ve read about vampires this month. Really!
The Best Emerging Talent category also awarded an honourable mention to the “gothic lesbian lolita story”, Skim, by cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.