Since Dwayne McDuffie's unexpected death last February, the writer has seen a number of tributes rise in his memory. Aside from numerous comic convention panels celebrating the writer's work and an ongoing exploration of his life and work on DwayneMcDuffie.com, today The Hollywood Reporter has word that the talent who over the past two decades produced a wealth of animation work will receive a special posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer's Guide of America West's Animation Writer's Caucus.
During the AWC's annual awards ceremony tonight in Los Angeles, McDuffie's widow Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie will accept the honor which is also being extended to late animation writer Earl Kress. The award is not just to celebrate McDuffie's work on the screen but also his commitment to including minority voices in the field of animation writing and fighting for better representation for animation writers in the WGA's ranks.
"This year, animation lost two talented, hard-working people who have given much of themselves and their talent to our field," AWC chair Craig Miller told the trade. "Dwayne McDuffie was a talented writer and creator of comics and animation who worked hard for others, particularly for minority writers. Earl Kress was a writer whose career included both feature and TV animation and hard work on behalf of all animation writers as a member of the WGA Animation Writers Caucus and the Animation Guild Board of Directors. Both were people I was glad to call friend and colleague, and whose efforts, it can truthfully be said, made all of us the better for them."
The recognition for McDuffie came after fans started up a write-in campaign on Facebook to earn the writer the honor. McDuffie wrote and produced a number of animated projects over the past years including adapting his own "Static Shock" franchise to the small screen for many years, writing acclaimed episodes of "Justice League Unlimited" and penning recent DCU Animated movies such as "All-Star Superman." The incoming "Justice League: Doom" DVD represents his last animated work.
For more on the award, visit the Hollywood Reporter, and stay tuned always for more on McDuffie's legacy on CBR.