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.