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As part of his attendance at this years Long Beach Comic Expo, held last weekend, AEISD Contributor Dan Berry was lucky enough to also be in the room for the gala presentation of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity In Comics that was held on the Friday, taking place after the Comic Creator Conference (C3), at the Long Beach Convention Center – Jamar Nicholas‘ LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND was the worthy recipient of the Award this year.

Dan took a number of photos of the evening, which we post here in our gallery; to tell the story of the night, however, we share the post of Heidi MacDonald of The Comics Beat, who was also one of the judging committee of the Award:

“Written and drawn by Jamar Nicholas, […] LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND was the winner of the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity – it’s a lively all-ages graphic novel set in a world where superheroes are common but kids still have to deal with hall monitors and grades along with supervillains.

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The awards ceremony was a tribute to McDuffie’s legacy with speeches by presenter Phil LaMarr, writer Don McGregor, voice director Andrea Romano and Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie talking about the power of representation and, of course, the importance of this weekend with the Black Panther film’s record breaking opening. It was a touching evening.

The winner was selected by a judging committee including myself, Mark D. Bright, Jennifer de Guzman, Joan Hilty, Jamal Igle, Mikki Kendall, Kevin Rubio, Gail Simone and Will J. Watkins. As always, I am honoured to have been able to participate in this, to have read to many excellent books that were submitted, and to be able to keep Dwayne’s formidable legacy alive.”

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I, for one, believe this award to be an essential part of comics, not only in the celebration of an incredible creator, honouring McDuffie’s legacy in comics and acknowledging that he was taken from us far too soon, but also in the continuing role of recognising the necessary and vital voices of diverse creators in comics today. I only wish I could’ve been there in person, but thanks to both Dan and Heidi for their pictures and words.

Dan also took plenty of shots of the Long Beach Comic Con itself – photo galleries, coming soon!

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  1. […] The Expo has actually started the day before, with the Comic Creator Conference (C3) allowing professionals and would-be professionals to network and gather before the weekends melee – the event also culminated with the presentation of this years Dwayne McDuffie Award For Diversity In Comics, given to the most worthy LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND by Jamar Nicholas. Our man on the ground, AEISD Contributor Dan Berry, was there to enjoy the evening’s festiviti… […]

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