Archival Quality a Diversity Award Winner
This weekend at the Long Beach Comic Expo, the 2018 winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics was announced. The award, named after the late comic book and animation writer who was one of the founders of Milestone Media, spotlights underrepresented voices in comics and celebrates diversity in stories and creators.
The winner was Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina “Steenz” Stewart. The book is a mystery with ghosts and a theme of recovering mental health.
“I’m super honored to win the Dwayne McDuffie Award this year,” said Christina “Steenz” Stewart. “It means a lot to receive recognition for the work we did to make sure Archival Quality represented the world we live in. We hope readers struggling with their own mental health can see themselves in the book, and I hope that young readers of color enjoy seeing themselves as a part of an adventure that anyone can have.”
“It’s such an honor to receive this award. Being able to share our story with an even wider audience, alongside the other fantastic nominees, is really special,” said Ivy Noelle Weir. “I hope that seeing these books highlighted encourages more authors to share their diverse stories and inspires publishers to seek them out. We all win when we give readers a variety of great comics to experience.”
The previous award winners have been
- 2017 – Leon: Protector of the Playground by Jamar Nicholas
- 2016 – Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels
- 2015 – Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
- 2014 – M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder
(There doesn’t seem to be an official website for the award, nor is it covered in Wikipedia, so I had to assemble this list from various blog posts. My apologies if I’ve gotten it wrong.)