The finalist for the fifth annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics have been named by MAD Event Management LLC. Since its inception in 2014, this award has spotlighted the best underpresented voices in comic books that are striving to craft a wider diversity of creations.
“This year’s nominees join an illustrious short list of visionary creators who continue to impress, humble, and make me proud to have them and their work forever associated with my husband’s name and his life’s mission — excellence and inclusivity for everyone in all entertainment media,” said Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie, Dwayne’s widow.
This year's finalists are:
- Papa Cherry, written by Saxton Moore and illustrated by Phillip Johnson
- The Snagglepuss Chronicles, written by Mark Russell and penciled by Mike Feehan
- Archival Quality, written by Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrated by Christina Stewart
- Victor Lavalle's Destroyer, written by Victor LaValle and illustrated by Dietrich Smith
- The Carpet Merchant, by Reimena Yee
This year's winner is scheduled to be announced in a ceremony Friday, February 15 at 7:30pm PT during the final hours of the MAD's C3: Comic Creator Conference. The annual Long Beach Comic Expo takes place that weekend as well.
“I’m immensely proud of the way the larger community has accepted and embraced the mission of the Dwayne McDuffie Award. To be a small part of a movement for change and acceptance for all creators has been rewarding, to say the least,” said Martha Donato, President & Founder of MAD Event Management LLC. “For the nominees and winners of the Award past and future, you exemplify all that he stood for and believed in.”
The finalists were chosen by a committee of Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Jennifer de Guzman, Joan Hilty, Jamal Igle, Mikki Kendall, Heidi MacDonald, Kevin Rubio, Geoffrey Thorne, and Will J. Watkins.