Nominations Sought for Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics

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Kids Read Comics, sponsor of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, has named the three-judge panel that will select this year’s winner. The judges will evaluate scores of books published in 2017, drawing on their own previous reading; reviews and best-of-the-year lists; and, for the first time, suggestions made by the public at large. That last category of nominations is intended to broaden as much as possible the judges’ survey of the wide world of kids’ comics as they assemble their longlist of worthy books.

The judges for this year’s award are:

Ardo Omer, a culture critic, reviewer and co-host of the Put A Blurb on It podcast. She has written about comics for publications like Women Write About Comics, Comics Bulletin, Book Riot Comics (formerly Panels) and Slate.

Alenka Figa, a librarian who is passionate about independently published and small press comics and zines. She is particularly interested in making these works more accessible to youth through collection development and programming.

Shayauna Glover, who works at Green Brain Comics in East Dearborn, Michigan. She is also an artist who is fascinated by the range of art styles and stories comics have to offer.

The judges are tasked with finding comics that are both original and timeless—even when addressing the issues of the day—and that represent a wide range of experiences, whether in this world or a totally imagined one. They seek diverse subject matter and voices in their effort to select books that are truly the best of the best for the award shortlist and the ultimate winner.

The special email address for nominations is mcduffiekidsaward@gmail.com. Anyone who has a 2017 book or books that they loved and want others to know about can send the names of titles and authors to that address. Nominated books can be original publications or collections of comics previously published in a series. The books can be published anywhere in the world but should be available in English. The deadline for nominations is March 1.

The award will be announced at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival in June.

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Kids Read Comics is a volunteer-run nonprofit that promotes the reading and making of comics by young people. The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics honors the pioneering comics and animation writer and Humanitas Prize winner who cofounded Milestone Media and created the teen superhero Static among others. The award is given out each June at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, which is run jointly by Kids Read Comics and the Ann Arbor (Michigan) District Library.

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  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,385
    I hope my buddy Jamar’s book gets a nod.

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  • Mr_CosmicMr_Cosmic Posts: 3,153
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    I hope my buddy Jamar’s book gets a nod.

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    "..a sentient head of broccoli,"

    My worst nightmare!!

    Sounds like a fun book though!
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,385
    Mr_Cosmic said:

    I hope my buddy Jamar’s book gets a nod.

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    "..a sentient head of broccoli,"

    My worst nightmare!!

    Sounds like a fun book though!
    It is! Here’s a small sample from when Jamar was planning it to be a web comic:

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  • I hope my buddy Jamar’s book gets a nod.

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    Since Jamar's your buddy, you could maybe urge him to consider coming to the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival in June. We've got a great, free show (free tables for artists, free admission for the public) with lots of terrific guests, and we'd love to have him be one of them.

    He can reach us at kidsreadcomics@gmail.com.

    And again, the way to put any 2017 comic for kids under consideration for the award is to give us the name at mcduffiekidsaward@gmail.com!

    --Dan Mishkin
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  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,385

    I hope my buddy Jamar’s book gets a nod.

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    Since Jamar's your buddy, you could maybe urge him to consider coming to the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival in June. We've got a great, free show (free tables for artists, free admission for the public) with lots of terrific guests, and we'd love to have him be one of them.

    He can reach us at kidsreadcomics@gmail.com.

    And again, the way to put any 2017 comic for kids under consideration for the award is to give us the name at mcduffiekidsaward@gmail.com!

    --Dan Mishkin
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    I'll do that, Dan. And just so you know, there are quite a few Amethyst and Blue Devil fans in this forum, so you’re more than welcome to hang around!
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,385
    Update: The awards were held last Friday night, and Leon won!
  • @nweathington Thanks for warning me about the Amethyst and Blue Devil fans. I'll be prepared to duck!

    Seriously, I'm happy to talk about both series. And just in case anyone reading this will be near Pensacola this weekend, they can come and meet the whole Blue Devil creative team (Gary Cohn, Paris Cullins and me) at Pensacon!

    And back to Jamar: if he can win both Dwayne McDuffie Awards (Diversity and Kids Comics) in one year, that would be a memorable feat! (Note that I'm not a judge in the latter award, just one of the organizers.)
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 5,385

    And back to Jamar: if he can win both Dwayne McDuffie Awards (Diversity and Kids Comics) in one year, that would be a memorable feat! (Note that I'm not a judge in the latter award, just one of the organizers.)

    That would have been amazing, but, alas, he did not make the nomination list for that one. The nominees are:

    Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels
    Shaft: Imitation of Life by David Walker and Dietrich Smith
    Amazing Forest by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas and more
    StarHammer by J. N. Monk and Harry Bogosian
    14 Nights by Kristina Stipetic
  • TorchsongTorchsong Posts: 2,691
    Amethyst ROOOOOOLS! Thanks Dan! :)

    That's all I really wanted to say. :)
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