They Called Us Enemy, George Takei’s graphic memoir about his internment as a child during World War II, is the winner of the 2020 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. The book, written with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker, was published by IDW and Top Shelf Productions in 2019.
The other finalists were:
- Lawrence Lindell’s memoir “From Truth With Truth”
- Roye Okupe and Godwin Akpan’s fantasy series “Iyanu: Child of Wonder”
- Brandon Thomas and Khary Randolph’s series “Excellence”
- Marcelo D’Salete’s exploration of Brazilian history, “Angola Janga: Kingdom of Runaway Slaves.”
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 at the age of 49. The award is given to comics that continue his legacy of featuring diversity as well as telling a compelling story.
The announcement was made in February 2021. The award ceremony was postponed because of the pandemic. Despite periodically checking the official website and the site of the ceremony host, Long Beach Comic Con, neither of which have been updated, I missed the event.