2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award Winner

Ezra Clayton Daniels has won the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for his science fiction graphic novel Upgrade Soul.

UPGRADE SOUL is an immersive science fiction graphic novel written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Featuring an original score by Alexis Gideon and interactive design by Erik Loyer.

UPGRADE SOUL is the story of an elderly couple who become the guinea pigs of a visionary procedure that aims to revivify them by filtering toxins from their bodies on a molecular level. When the procedure experiences a fatal complication, the couple is faced with severely deformed, though intellectually superior duplicates of themselves. Soon, it becomes clear that only one version of each individual can survive, and the psychological battle for dominance begins.

The Dwayne McDuffie Award celebrates diversity in comics and comic creative teams. This year’s award jury included Black Panther writer Don McGregor, Batgirl and Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone, Green Lantern and Iron Man artist Mark D. Bright, and Milestone Media’s Matt Wayne, and others.

2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award Shortlist

The finalists for the third annual Dwayne McDuffie Award have been announced by The Hollywood Reporter.

The award celebrates diversity in comics and comic creative teams, and honors the memory of Dwayne McDuffie. McDuffie was a comics writer and co-creator of Milestone Media, which featured superheroes of varying genders, sexualities, race, and ethnicity. He died in 2011, aged 49. The award is given to comics that continue his legacy of featuring diversity as well as telling a compelling story.

This year’s nominees are:

The award jury includes Black Panther writer Don McGregor, Batgirl and Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone, Green Lantern and Iron Man artist Mark D. Bright, and Milestone Media’s Matt Wayne, among many others.

The winner of the award will be revealed on Saturday at the Long Beach Comic Expo.

[Via Tor.com.]

Ms. Marvel Wins 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award

Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson (writer) and Adrian Alphona (artist) is the winner of the 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award.

This is the second year the award has been given. It celebrates diversity in comics and comic creative teams, and honors the memory of Dwayne McDuffie. McDuffie was a comics writer and co-creator of Milestone Media, which featured superheroes of varying genders, sexualities, race, and ethnicity. The award is given to comics that continue his legacy of featuring diversity as well as telling a compelling story.

This year’s nominees were:

  • Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven by Brandon Easton (writer), Denis Medri (artist) of IDW Publishing
  • Fresh Romance (by multiple writers and artists) edited by Janelle Asselin of Rosy Press
  • Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (writers), Natacha Bustos (artist) of Marvel Entertainment
  • Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist) of Marvel Entertainment
  • Zana by Jean Barker (writer), Joey Granger (artist) of Emet Comics

The award jury was composed of prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness: Neo Edmund, novelist, animation and comics writer; Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; editor-in-chief of Pageturner, former DC/Vertigo Senior Editor; Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books; Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat; William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first African American-owned comics store; and Matt Wayne, Former Managing Editor Milestone Media.