Five nominees have officially been named for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, to be announced at next week’s Long Beach Comic Expo, which runs from February 28 through March 1.
Comics have been nominated on their ability to showcase a diverse range of characters that are portrayed in a dynamic way, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
the nominees are
- Hex11 is a newer comic, written by Kelly Sue Milano and illustrated by Lisa K. Weber, that features a sci-fi fantasy mix in a digital world where humans have recently discovered magic.
- M.F.K. is a webcomic written and illustrated by Nilah Magruder, follows a girl on her quest to scatter her mother’s ashes.
- Ms. Marvel, written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona, follows budding superhero Kamala Kahn’s entrance into the Marvel universe.
- The Shadow Hero is a digitally-released series, written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Sonny Liew, which revisits the first Asian-American superhero, Green Turtle, and brings him back into the forefront.
- Shaft, written by David F. Walker and illustrated by Bilquis Evely, is also a reboot of an old classic, which intends to bring new additions to old story lines, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
McDuffie was renowned for his work to create more diversity in comics and animation. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2011, according to Comics Alliance.
The Award will be given by comic writer and editor Matt Wayne in his stead.