JAJ: A Haida Manga Nominated for Doug Wright Award

JAJ: A Haida Manga Nominated for Doug Wright Award

JAJ: A Haida Manga Nominated for the 20th Annual Doug Wright Award for Best Book 

The Doug Wright Awards were founded in 2005 to celebrate excellence in the field of Canadian comics. The awards are named for Doug Wright (1917–1983), the creator of the long-running stripDoug Wright’s Family(a.k.a.Nipper), one of the most widely read and loved Canadian comics of the twentieth century. 

Douglas & McIntyre would like to congratulate the Michael Nichol Yahgulanaas, who is one of five finalists for the 2024 Doug Wright Award for Best Book. The 20th annual Doug Wright Awards takes place in Toronto at the Arts & Letters Club (14 Elm Street) on Saturday, May 11 at 8 pm EDT, and is hosted by Dustin Harbin. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. 

JAJ: A Haida Mangaby visual artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, brings to life the tumultuous history of first contact between Europeans and Indigenous peoples and the early colonization by the Europeans of the northern West Coast. The story follows several historical figures, including Johan Adrian Jacobsen (JAJ), who comes to the Haida village of Masset to collect specimens for a German museum, through a time span that includes first contact, the devastation of the smallpox epidemic, and the mass resettlement of disenfranchised peoples, both Indigenous and European. 

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a visual artist, storyteller and public speaker. Raised on Haida Gwaii, he melds cultural hybridity and his political experiences as an Indigenous person with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. Other Haida Mangas by Yahgulanaas includ Red and Carpe Fin.