of the NORTH:
Cartoonist Hall of Fame
Welcome to Giants
of the North, a virtual exhibit that celebrates singular,
life-long contributions to the art of cartooning in Canada! Below
you will find a list of the initial four inductees into our Hall of Fame,founded
in 2005 as part of the Doug
Wright Awards .
John Wilson Bengough was one
of Canada's first cartoonists and rose to prominence in the late 1800s
through the publication of Grip, a humourous weekly magazine he
published in Toronto. In the style of the British Punch or US Judge, Grip lampooned
the political and social culture of Canada in the years following Confederation.
Bengough's fluid, devastating cartoons dealt with the shenanigans of Prime
Minister John A. MacDonald and the rebellion of Louis Riel, as well as
issues like women's rights, prohibition, and poverty. Considered by many to be the
father of English-language caricature in Canada, Bengough and Grip were hugely influential and deserve a special place in the history of Canadian cartooning
--a true Giant of the North. ...read
Albéric Bourgeois is credited
with creating the first continuing comic strip to use word balloons in
Canada (and arguably the first in the francophone world). Born in Montreal, Bourgeois went
to work for the daily newspaper, Le Patrie. There he created editorial
cartoons, illustrations, and comic strips. "Les Adventures de Timothée"
debuted in January, 1904. Timothée was a huge-nosed little
man, well-intentioned but brutally misunderstood. In daily and colour
weekend strips, Bourgeois chronicled Timothée's series of misadventures,
stumbling through a world that seemed to have it in for him --a quintessentially
modern perspective! Albéric Bourgeois is a Giant of the North
for creating Canada's first comic strip star! ...read
(1942 – 2002)
Born in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1942, Rand Holmes is best known for his seminal underground comic strip Harold Hedd which ran in the Vancouver’s alt-weekly The Georgia Straight in the 1970s.
An avid admirer of U.S. cartoonists Will Eisner and Wally Wood as he was growing up in Edmonton, Holmes first comics were published in his 20s in Harvey Kurtzman’s Help!.
After struggling to make a living as a cartoonist and sign painter in Alberta, in the late 1960s Holmes moved to B.C. to seek out work as an illustrator. In short order, he landed freelance work drawing covers for the left-leaning Straight, and not long after debuted his most popular creation. A bespectacled hippie who spent his time dealing dope and plaguing Vancouver’s tourists, Harold Hedd quickly became a counter-culture icon. ...read
genius of Canadian magazine cartooning, George Feyer was born in Hungary
but carved out a brilliant artistic career in Canada and the U.S.
many for his televison appearances, Feyer was the master of the slapstick
gag panel that mixed pantomime action, irreverence, and surrealism.
His quickly-rendered philosophical doodles showed up everywhere: in advertising,
magazines, newspapers, books, on tv --and even on people!
Peter Whalley is one of the most
iconoclastic and inventive cartoonists Canada has ever produced. Born in Brockville, Ontario,
Whalley began contributing illustrations, gag & political cartoons
to national publications beginning in the 1940s. His work appeared
in Maclean's, The Standard (Weekend) Magazine, and others
all through the 1950s and 60s.
He produced several books with the writer Eric Nicol, including An Uninhibited
History of Canada & 100 Years of What? In addition,
Whalley produced several solo collections of cartoons, several as an early
"self-publisher," including Hyperbole, Northern Blights, Phap
(the Pornographics of Politics), & The Man on the High Wire. Using
a broad, "cartoony" style, this Giant
of the North lambasted such Canadian sacred cows as the Group of Seven,
the Welfare State, and every conceivable aspect of politics. Whalley's
savage and cynical cartoons timelessly capture the hypocrisy, mediocrity,
and just plain silliness that characterizes so much of life in Canada. ...read
Doug Wright created the long-running
comic strip Doug Wright's Family. Born in England, Wright came
to Canada in 1938. His cartooning career really began when he landed
a job as editorial cartoonist for the Montreal Standard.
In 1948 he took over the reins of Jimmy Frise's "Juniper Junction" strip.
Wright created "Nipper", a mostly silent comic strip, for the Standard (later Weekend Magazine) in 1949. Wright excelled at
the depiction of childhood and the daily charms and frustrations of late-20th
Century domestic life. A skilled draftsman, his fluid cartoon figures
whirled through meticulously-rendered backgrounds and suburban landscapes.
"Nipper" was rechristened "Doug Wright's Family" in 1967 when Wright moved
from Montreal to Ontario. The strip enjoyed a long run, entertaining
a generation of Canadians on a weekly basis until Wright ended it in 1980. Doug Wright's "Giant" status has also been immortalized in The
Doug Wright Awards ! ...more
Over the last three decades, Lynn Johnston has earned a place among the world’s most successful and best-loved cartoonists thanks to her work on the internationally syndicated For Better or For Worse. The comic strip, which follows the trials and triumphs of the fictional Patterson family, appears in more than 2,000 newspapers and boasts millions of readers.
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