2019 Diversity in Comics Award Nominees Unveiled

DC's 'Exit Stage Left' and Oni's 'Archival Quality' are among this year's contenders.
Courtesy of Ben Caldwell/DC Entertainment

The nominees have been announced for the fifth annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics.

The honor is named for the late comic book and animation writer who wrote for Marvel (Fantastic Four, Deathlok, Damage Control) and DC (Justice League). The DMAD, as it has become known, is intended to spotlight the best under-represented creators in comic books whose work attempts to broaden the appeal and diversity of the medium.

Martha Donato, president and founder of MAD Event Management LLC — producers of Long Beach Comic Expo and C3: Comic Creator Conference, where the winner of this year’s award will be announced — said in a statement accompanying the announcement: “I’m immensely proud of the way the larger community has accepted and embraced the mission of the Dwayne McDuffie Award. To be a small part of a movement for change and acceptance for all creators has been rewarding, to say the least. For the nominees and winners of the award past and future, you exemplify all that he stood for and believed in.” 

This year’s finalists are:
Papa Cherry, written by Saxton Moore and illustrated by Phillip Johnson (Pixel Pirate Studio)
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, written by Mark Russell and penciled by Mike Feehan (DC)
Archival Quality, written by Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrated by Christina Stewart (Oni Press)
Victor Lavalle's Destroyer, written by Victor LaValle and illustrated by Dietrich Smith (Boom! Studios)
The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, by Reimena Yee (Unbound)

The winner will be revealed Friday, Feb. 15, at a ceremony at the Long Beach Convention Center as part of the closing night of the 2019 C3: Comic Creator Conference, while Long Beach Comic Expo begins the next day.

In addition to his work at Marvel, McDuffie is known for co-founding Milestone Media and co-creating a number of that company’s characters — most notably Static, who went on to star in the popular animated series Static Shock.