Koyama Press have taken three of the five nominations for the 2013 Doug Wright Award for Best Book. The Doug Wright Awards were founded in 2005 and are Canada’s premier comic awards. The following titles were nominated: Lose #4 by Michael DeForge (9780987963000 | September 2012 | $8.00 | Trade Paper), By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs (9780986873980 | May 2012 | $15.00 | Trade Paper), and Wax Cross by Tin Can Forest.
Patrick Kyle, one of the editors and contributors to Wowee Zonk 4 (9780986873997 | May 2012 | $15.00 | Trade Paper), has been nominated for the 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes Canadian cartooning talents worthy of wider recognition.
Koyama Press artists Michael DeForge, Mark Laliberte, author of the Koyama Press release Grey Supreme 1, Jesse Jacobs, and Tin Can Forest have been nominated for the 2013 Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best in experimental or avant-garde comics, for their contributions to 4PANEL, a special comics feature in Carousel Magazine #28 and #29. Michael Comeau, author of the Koyama Press title Hellberta, has also been nominated for the Pigskin Peters Award for Hellberta #2 and his contribution to the Baltic comics anthology š! #12, which was coedited by Koyama Press publisher Anne Koyama. Ginette Lapalme, editor and contributor to Wowee Zonk 4, has been nominated for the same award for her contributions to Wowee Zonk #4 and š! #12.
The awards have been covered by The National Post, The Comics Reporter and The Comics Beat:
The National Post
“Toronto-based independent publisher Koyama Press figures heavily in the award for Best Book, scoring three of five spots for their titles Lose #4, by Michael DeForge, By This You Shall Know Him, by Jesse Jacobs, and Wax Cross, by Tin Can Forest.” – David Berry, The National Post, March 21, 2013.
“He [Ethan Rilly] joins other past winners such as Michael DeForge and Michael Comeau among the contenders for the annual awards. DeForge is nominated for best book for his quirky social critique Lost #4, a mix of horror and humour. Comeau is a finalist in the experimental cartooning category for his Hellberta #2, described as a trip across Canada as a descent into hell wrought by intolerance and greed.” – CBC News, March 21, 2013.
“While last year’s shortlist was dominated by Montreal’s Drawn & Quarterly, Toronto-based publisher Koyama Press has taken over this year, securing three out of five nominations for the Best Book award.” – Natalie Sequeira, Quill & Quire, March 21, 2013.
The Comics Reporter
“Ethan Rilly, Michael DeForge and Michael Comeau are among the Canadian stalwarts that enter into this year’s program as past winners and present nominees, given this year’s awards a kind of next-generation look all-around.” –Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter, March 21, 2013.