The judges for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics are asking for your help in assembling a longlist of worthy books from 2017. They’re taking nominations until March 1.
Presented at the Ann Arbor Comics Art Festival, the award runs in tandem with the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity and focuses on comics aimed at young readers.
The judges are looking for comics that are both original and timeless (even when addressing the issues of the day), and that represent a wide range of experiences, whether in this world or a totally imagined one. We’re well aware that the more diverse the subject matter and voices of the nominees, the greater the opportunity to select books that are truly the best of the best for the award shortlist and the ultimate winner.
If you read and loved a 2017 comic – or two, or five – and want to nominate it, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book you nominate can be an original publication or a collection of a series. And books can be published anywhere in the world, but should be available in English.
Kids Read Comics, a volunteer-run nonprofit that promotes comics reading and comics making, sponsors the award, which honors Dwayne McDuffie, the pioneering comics and animation writer and Humanitas Prize winner who cofounded Milestone Media and created the teen superhero Static among others. The award is given out each June at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, which is run jointly by Kids Read Comics and the Ann Arbor (Michigan) District Library.