Monday, July 28, 2008  
Coming Soon: Strip Stories / Wright Awards Gallery Show

:: Posted by BK @ 7/28/2008 12:01:00 a.m.
panel from louis riel by chester brown canadian graphic novel
Just in time for next week's Doug Wright Awards comes news of this great gallery show of work by a wonderful selection of some of the best comics creators in the country, including panels from Chester Brown's Louis Riel graphic novel (parts of which have been on display previously). Co-curated by Sean Craig, who has been working with the organizers of the Wright Awards over the past year, the show has its opening reception just two days before the actual awards are handed out (August 7 and 9, respectively) at the Katherine Mulherin gallery. See the Facebook page of the event here.

The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning and BOARD OF DIRECTORS, a curatorial project at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects, are pleased to present an exhibition of original work by some of Canada's most recognized and promising cartoonists.

Strip Stories features works by artists who focus on sequential arts and graphic novels, many of whom have either won a Doug Wright Award in the past or have received nominations.

The show also marks the first time Toronto audiences will get a chance to view originals from Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, Chester Brown's critically-acclaimed graphic novel. Originally published in comic book form, Louis Riel was released as a book in 2003 . Publisher's Weekly hailed it as "a strong contender for the best graphic novel ever."

Alongside Brown will be King cartoonist (and 2008 Doug Wright Award juror) Ho Che Anderson, Lorenz Peter, the 2006 Wright Award Best Emerging Talent winner for Dark Adaptation, and Montreal's Joe Ollmann who won the 2007 Best Book Award for his collection of short stories This Will All End in Tears.

Also included in the show will be Halifax-based artist/cartoonist Ray Fenwick, the mind behind the world's only typographic graphic novel, Hall of Best Knowledge, and 2008 Best Emerging Talent nominees:

Jason Keiffer, for Keiffer#1

Jeff Lemire, for Essex County

Nick Maandag, for The Experiment

Ethan Rilly, for Pope Hats

As well, 2008 nominees for the inaugural Pigskin Peters Award for Non-Narrative Cartooning, Emily Holton (Little Lessons in Safety) and John Martz (Excelsior 1968), will exhibit their experimental and progressive redefinitions of cartoon art.

Strip Stories will consist entirely of works with sequential, narrative or relative qualities. The exhibit presents viewers with a rare opportunity to witness the comics medium outside of conventional mass distribution.

Runs August 7-23.

Opening reception: August 7, 7pm.

Featuring works by

Ho Che Anderson

Chester Brown

Ray Fenwick

Emily Holton

Jason Kieffer

Jeff Lemire

Nick Maandag

John Martz

Joe Ollman

Lorenz Peter

Ethan Rilly

and Doug Wright!

The show is curated by Katharine Mulherin, Erin Stump, and Sean D.B. Craig.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Brad Mackay said...

THe DWAs are being handed out on August 8th - not 9th! - B.

Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:36:00 a.m. EDT  
Blogger Brad Mackay said...

The DWas are Aug. 8th - not aug. 9th! - B.

Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:36:00 a.m. EDT  

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