The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, named in honor of the influential comics and animation writer who passed away in 2011. The first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity was bestowed in March.
The 10 finalists for the kids' comics award were selected by three judges: Kids Read Comics co-founders Edith Donnell and Dan Merritt, and ROBOT 6 contributor Brigid Alverson, who also edits the School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids blog.The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at the Kids Read Comics festival, held June 20-21 at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. The finalists are:
• Bird and Squirrel on Ice by James Burks• Cat Dad, King of the Goblins by Britt Wilson• Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack• Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers by Zac Gorman• El Deafo by Cece Bell• Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Frank Salsedo• Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson• Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third• The Magical Monsters of Turkey Hollow by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, adapted and illustrated by Roger Langridge• Sisters by Raina Telgemeier