The Collected Doug Wright: Canada's Master Cartoonist

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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 ...

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Overview

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Volume One follows the artistic development of the British-born cartoonist from his earliest unpublished work to the first days of his most enduring comic strip, Nipper.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).

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Widely beloved in his adopted country of Canada, the British cartoonist created a pair of lovable hairless scamps who bedeviled their parents for more than 30 years. It was on a whim that Wright tossed off his first wordless gag strip about a rambunctious youngster. But he had drawn his way right into the postwar baby boom, and Nipper—later Doug Wright's Family—made him a national celebrity comparable with Charles "Peanuts" Schulz, Hank "Dennis the Menace" Ketcham, and Bill "The Family Circus" Keane. Wright kept sentimentality to a judicious minimum, letting the sometimes-violent anarchy of childhood burst forth in invariably hilarious excess. Eventually fathering three boys, he came to draw from his own life for material, similar to Kyle Baker (The Bakers). This oversized volume serves up Nipper and company with panache and daunting heft (a second, companion volume is in preparation). VERDICT Wright's considerable skill at depicting physical comedy holds up well. Boomer readers may even reflect that it is their own childhoods and devilments he depicts. For cartoon history collections and where Schulz, Ketcham, and Keane are popular.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897299524
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 14.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Wright (1917–1983) was a Canadian cartoonist whose weekly comic strip Doug Wright’s Family, aka Nipper, ran for more than thirty-five years in magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States.

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