The portal has just opened for submissions for the 2019 Dwayne McDuffie Award For Diversity In Comics, and this year’s judging panel has just been announced, with the addition of Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Geoffrey Thorne.
For the last four years, I’ve has the honor of being a judge for this award, and I will be returning this year. The fifth annual award will once again spotlight five finalists whose commitment to excellence and inclusion both on the page and behind the scenes exemplifies the late McDuffie’s own career producing entertainment that reflects a wide scope of human experience, created by an equally wide scope of human beings. Or as Dwayne put it ““From invisible to inevitable.”
Comics have certainly seen a surge in representation, and reading the rich array of submissions each year has been a pleasure that has introduced me to a host of cartoonists I was not aware of before.
In the words of Charlotte McDuffie: “Excellence and inclusiveness. Dwayne held his own work to this dual high standard and accepted no less from others. Our past winners and nominees all continue to make me proud to have their names and careers forever associated with my late husband’s legacy. I eagerly look forward in this 5th submission season to hearing from an even more varied chorus of creative voices ready to share their own outstanding visions with our world.”
You can read all the info on the judges and previous winners below, but here’s how to submit:
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.