Wayne Wright, editorial cartoonist for the Journal Pioneer, is launching his second book of collected cartoons this Sunday. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
Cartoonist launching second book of collected cartoons
SUMMERSIDE – P.E.I. might not have a Hollywood Walk of Fame – but it does have Wayne Wright and his Journal Pioneer editorial cartoons.
Indeed, to be the subject of one of Wright’s editorial cartoons is arguable as close one can come to stardom amongst ones fellow Islanders.
Now Wright has collected the cream of his crop of cartoon portraits into a new book, a veritable who’s who of Islanders.
In fact, that’s the title, “Who’s who on PEI.”
Wright, who has been an editorial cartoonist for more than 30 years, said on Tuesday that this latest book is “a collection of wonderful people in this time and space.”
“The word faces comes to mind, faces are an important part of this book. I’ve really brought forward faces of people who not everybody might know from one end of the Island to the other, but they are Islanders who do wonderful things in their own communities,” he said.
Wright’s previous book of collected cartoons, released several years ago, was titled “Still Crazy After All These Years: Wayne Wright’s Prince Edward Island Cartoons.”
But where that titled focused on his sometimes bighting political and satirical body of work, this latest title is full of people who have touched P.E.I. in an undeniably positive way.
“This is a book of almost a kind of gentle celebration of real Island people,” he said.
The only problem with the book, he added, was trying to narrow down who would make it into the publication from a pool of somewhere between 8,000 and 9,000 people he’s drawn at some point or another.
So while Wright had final say on who made it into the book, he left the initial selection to Irené Novaczek, of UPEI, and Joan Sinclair, of Island Studies Press, which published the anthology.
It was no easy task to sort through all that work and come up with a mere handful of portraits for the publication, said Sinclair.
“So we’ve been able to select what we believe are some of his better portraits, but we’ve also been able to make a selection that I think reflects Wayne’s own favourite characters,” she said.
“Wayne’s portraits … I think that’s where his talent really shines. The detail and the quality of the drawing in some of those portraits is … they are remarkable.”
Anyone who would like to pick up a copy of Wright’s publication for themselves may do so at any major book store on the Island or at the Journal Pioneer office on Water Street in Summerside. It will be sold for $19.95.
The official book launch will be this Sunday at the The Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside at 2 p.m. All are welcome and Wright will be there to sign copies. There will also be a few words by the writer of the book’s foreword, and Wright’s long-time friend, Allan Rankin.