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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Unearthing the lost work of a great cartoonist


A couple of weeks ago Seth, Toronto journalist Brad MacKay, and I spent three days at the National Archives near Ottawa researching the work of a now nearly forgotten cartoonist, Doug Wright.

For eight hours each day we sifted through 3,000+ pieces of artwork covering four decades of his career, and much of this will form the basis of a two volume series on the life and work of Wright, which will be published by D+Q in 2007.


Wright's peak years were the 1950s and 60s, where his Nipper weekly strip was published in Canadian magazines. Seth first started tracking down Wright's work in the late 80s and early 90s (Wright appears in the glossary of It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken). Seth is also, along with Brad MacKay, one of the founders of the Doug Wright Awards.

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