One-of-a-kind prize honors diversity in comics in honor of legendary creator
Long Beach Comic Con was proud to announce today the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. The only comics award of its kind, the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award will be granted the weekend of February 28, 2015 to an American comics work, published in print or digitally in 2014, deemed by the Selection Committee to promote diversity. In the spirit of Dwayne McDuffie himself, “promoting diversity” can be judged as either broadening the range of characters portrayed in comics, or adding to the variety of creators contributing to the medium.
Dwayne McDuffie was a comic book and television writer, famous for writing and producing the animated series Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, and for creating the animated series Static Shock. McDuffie also co-founded Milestone Media, a minority-owned-and-operated comic-book company. During his career, McDuffie earned three Eisner Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations, and won the Inkpot award, a Humanitas Award and a WGA Award.
“Dwayne was an incredible creator, and used his talents to help bring more diversity into comics,” said Martha Donato, co-founder of Long Beach Comic Con. “His influence on comics is incredible, and we look forward to helping preserve his legacy through this award.”
The Dwayne McDuffie Award will be stewarded by director Matt Wayne, with the support of McDuffie’s wife, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie. “Dwayne would have been pleased by an award that recognizes so much new and exciting work,” she said.
“Excellence is a given in this award,” Wayne said. “We’re honoring work that, through its artistic merit, has brought a greater variety of stories and creators into comics.”
The Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew Dwayne and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:
- Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer
- Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor, Former Senior Editor, Vertigo; Creator of Bitter Girl
- Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books
- Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat; former DC Editor
- Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien
- Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated
- William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store; Former DC editorial assistant
- Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former E-I-C, Marvel, Disney; Former Senior Editor, DC Comics.
The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award will be announced at the Long Beach Comic Expo on February 28, 2015. The recipient work will be chosen from five nominees. The call for submissions was launched today at Long Beach Comic Con.
About Long Beach Comic Con
Celebrating its sixth year, Long Beach Comic Con offers fun for everyone with panels, artist alley, kids programming and more Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014. Long Beach Comic Con is a true comic convention, focused on creating a unique experience that both fans and exhibitors in the Long Beach, Anaheim, and Los Angeles areas will enjoy. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.