Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics

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Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics
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Awarded forExcellence in comic books for school-aged children
LocationAnn Arbor Comic Arts Festival
CountryUnited States
First awarded2015

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics is given to a comic book aimed at younger readers that fulfills the criteria of quality, timelessness, originality, diversity, and inclusion.[1][2] It is named in honour of Dwayne McDuffie, a creator known for his work creating comics and animation.[3]

The award was created after consultation with McDuffie's widow Charlotte Fullerton.[4]

Kids Read Comics administers the award. It is presented each year at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival at Ann Arbor District Library. Anyone can nominate a title for the award, but the shortlist and winner are chosen by a panel of judges including reviewers, librarians, teachers, and comic industry professionals.[5]

Criticism[edit]

In 2017 the award was criticized for creating a shortlist of comics created almost entirely by white people.[6] Raina Telgemeier won the award that year and in her acceptance speech highlighted ten recent graphic novels by diverse creators and gave away ten copies of each to members of the audience.[7][8]

In response to the criticism the award began to allow anyone to nominate titles.[9][10]

Award winners and nominees[edit]

2015[edit]

  1. ^ Misnamed "The Magical Monsters of Turkey Hollow" in press release.[13]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicole Bunge, "'Awkward' Wins McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics", ICv2, 2016-06-20
  2. ^ Matthew Ledger, "“The Cardboard Kingdom” Wins the 2019 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics", Multiversity Comics, 2019-06-15
  3. ^ ICv2, "Finalists for the 'Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics' Announced", ICv2, 2015-05-21
  4. ^ ICv2, "Finalists for the 'Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics' Announced", ICv2, 2015-05-21
  5. ^ ICv2, "2nd Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics Finalists", ICv2, 2016-04-25
  6. ^ Marykate Jasper, "The Nominees for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics Are Almost All White", The Mary Sue, 2017-05-27
  7. ^ Jude Terror, "Raina Telgemeier Wins McDuffie Kids’ Comics Award, Holds Oprah-Style Comic Giveaway", Bleeding Cool, 2017-06-19
  8. ^ Brigid Alverson, "'Ghosts' Wins McDuffie Award for Kids Comics", ICv2, 2017-06-19
  9. ^ Dan Mishkin, "Dear Friends of Comics for Kids (and Kids Read Comics)", The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics Facebook Page, 2018-01-06
  10. ^ Brigid Alverson, "'Ghosts' Wins McDuffie Award for Kids Comics", ICv2, 2017-06-19
  11. ^ Michael Cavna, "Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics shortlist announced", The Beat, 2018-05-03
  12. ^ Luke Pearson ,[1]
  13. ^ Tom Spurgeon, "Your 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award For Kids' Comics Finalists", The Comics Reporter, 2015-05-22
  14. ^ Heidi MacDonald, "Svetlana Chmakova’s AWKWARD Wins Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics", The Beat, 2016-06-22
  15. ^ Brigid Alverson, "'Ghosts' Wins McDuffie Award for Kids Comics", ICv2, 2017-06-19
  16. ^ Christopher Chiu-Tabet, "“Leon: Protector of the Playground” Wins The 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity", Multiversity Comics, 2018-02-17
  17. ^ ICV2, "The 2019 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids Comics Goes To Chad Sell's 'The Cardboard Kingdom'", ICV2, 2019-06-18

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