Long Beach Comic Expo has announced the nominees for the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity In Comics. The award, founded in 2015, is named in honor of the late comics and animational professional Dwayne McDuffie.
The nominees are:
- Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven by Brandon Easton and Denis Medri (IDW Publishing)
- Fresh Romance, edited by Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press)
- Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natcha Bustos (Marvel Entertainment)
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
- Zana by Jean Barker and Joey Granger (Emet Comics)
“We were thrilled to receive more than three times as many submissions this year as we did for the inaugural award,” said Neo Edmund, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. “After weeks of careful deliberation, we were able to narrow down the submissions from over 100 titles to the five nominees, all of of which speak to Dwayne’s inclusive vision for the industry in unique and significant ways.”
The winner will be announced a ceremony held on Saturday February 20 at the Long Beach Expo. The Hollywood Reporter's Marc Bernardin will be the keynote speaker.
“It’s hard to believe Dwayne has been gone for 5 years this month,” said his widow, Charlotte McDuffie, “but it is gratifying to know that his presence continues to be felt in the comic book industry, through this award in his name shining a spotlight on those creators and content that are carrying on his mission to make the world of comics more accurately reflect the diversity of the real world.”