The nominees for the 5th annual Dwayne Mcduffie Award for Diversity in Comics have been revealed, and they fittingly feature a wide array of creators and stories.
This year’s finalists include Papa Cherry, by Saxton Moore and Phillip Johnson (Pixel Pirate Studio), Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Mark Russell and by Mike Feehan (DC), Archival Quality, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina Stewart (Oni Press), Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer, by Victor LaValle and Dietrich Smith (Boom! Studios) as well as The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, by Reimena Yee (Unbound).
The Dwayne Mcduffie Award is presented in order to spotlight the often unheralded creators who make significant contributions to broadening and diversifying the medium of comics. It is named after the late, Dwayne McDuffie, a comics legend and diversity advocate who co-created a number of DC Comics characters, including Static Shock. His award will be presented later this week at C3 (Comic Creator Conference), which is the comic industry’s response to E3, a widely successful video game trade show.
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The award will be given out on Friday, February 15th on the final night of the C3: Comic Creator Conference. The conference take place at the Long Beach Convention Centre and also serves as a kickoff for Long Beach Comicon, which begins the very next day and features a wide array of comic guests and talent.