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The Collected Doug Wright: Volume One

Canada's Master Cartoonist

by (author) Doug Wright

introduction by Lynn Johnston

Drawn & Quarterly
Initial publish date
May 2009
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2009
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A career-spanning retrospective of one of the masters of North American cartooning
The first of a historic two-volume set, The Collected Doug Wright: Canada's Master Cartoonist presents the first-ever comprehensive look at the life and career of one of the most-read and best-loved cartoonists of the 1960s. Compiled in cooperation with Doug Wright's family, it draws from thousands of pieces of art, pictures, letters, and the artist's own journals to provide a fully rounded view of Wright, both as a cartoonist and as an individual.
Volume One follows the artistic development of the British-born cartoonist from his earliest unpublished work to the first days of his most enduring comic strip, Nipper. First published in 1949, a full year before the debut of Peanuts, this wordless strip perfectly captured the humorous—and frustrating—side of parenting for several generations of both young and old. Remembered by many for Wright's cartoon children's striped shirts and bald heads, Nipper quickly grew into a Canadian phenomenon.
Designed by the acclaimed cartoonist and Peanuts designer Seth and featuring a biographical essay by the writer Brad Mackay, this lavish hardcover collection gives Wright's career the recognition it has long been due. The introduction is by one of the most famous working cartoonists today, Lynn Johnston of the syndicated heavyweight comic strip For Better or For Worse.
"I don't think I'd have had the basics needed to do a syndicated comic strip had it not been for Doug Wright" (Lynn Johnston, from the introduction).

About the authors

Doug Wright's profile page

Lynn Johnston est l'illustratrice et la créatrice de la bande dessinée For Better or For Worse (trad. Pour le meilleur et le pire), publiée par l'intermédiaire d'agences dans plus de 2000 journaux répartis dans 160 pays. Elle a étudie les arts au Vancouver College of Art et a débuté comme illustratrice de revues médicales à l'U. McMaster.

En 1979, Johnston a crée sa célèbre bande dessinée. Elle s'est inspirée de sa vie familiale quotidienne et de son vécu. Plus de 20 livres regroupent ses bandes dessinées, parmi lesquels David, We're Pregnant!, Do They Ever Grow Up?, Hi Mom! Hi Dad!, Happiness is a Warm Puddle et If This Is a Lecture, How Long Will it Be?

Elle est la première femme à gagner le US National Cartoonists Society Ruben Award, en 1985, quand elle est proclamée meilleure bédéiste de l'année. Johnston est nommée Membre de l'Ordre du Canada en 1992 et est la première bédéiste à introduire un personnage homosexuel dans une bande dessinée canadienne destinée au grand public (1993). Elle est mise en nomination pour le Prix Pulitzer en 1994.

Lynn Johnston's profile page

Other titles by Doug Wright

Other titles by Lynn Johnston