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Reggie Hudlin is speaking at the Long Beach Comic Con
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:28:02 pm »
‘Ms. Marvel,’ ‘Shaft’ among Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award finalists
Feb. 18, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

Finalists for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity have been chosen, and the nominees range from independent to mainstream comic books.

The five nominated titles and creators are as follows: “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics), “M.F.K.” by Nilah Magruder (, “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel), “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books) and “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite).

“Who gets to be the hero, and how readers get to see themselves reflected in the hero are complex matters that Dwayne thought about often. As editor in chief of Milestone Media’s original run of comics, he used terms like ‘multi-experiential’ to describe what we were doing,” said Matt Wayne, the director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “Independent publishing by its nature is more inclusive, so it’s no surprise that a number of the nominees are indies or even self-published. We hope that the DMAD will help these comics find new readers. The major comics publishers need no help from us, but whoa, ‘Ms. Marvel’ deserves every plaudit the world can work up!”

The honor is named after McDuffie, a prolific writer who co-founded Milestone Media and its popular menagerie of heroes. He had stints working on DC’s “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight” and “Justice League of America” and Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” comic book titles.

He was also an accomplished television writer and producer for such animated series as “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” “Teen Titans,” “Static Shock” and “Ben 10: Alien Force.” In 2003, McDuffie shared a Humanitas Prize for “Jimmy,” a “Static Shock” script about gun violence in schools. He died in 2011 at age 49 of complications after undergoing emergency heart surgery.

“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices — both in content and creators — is able to continue now through this award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie, Dwayne’s wife, in a statement.

This year’s winner is to be announced at a ceremony at the Long Beach Comics Expo on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

Reginald Hudlin, a comic book writer and movie producer of such films as “House Party,” “Boomerang” and “BeBe’s Kids,” is set to be the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.

With diversity in comics such a hot topic in the industry, the award could have been launched at WonderCon or even Comic-Con International, but the group behind the award decided the LBCE was the best locale.

“The Long Beach Comics Expo was our first choice for a venue. It’s a great show for fans, attracting lots of creators and celebrities, without the miasma of crowds and hype that some larger cons wallow in,” Wayne said.

The award and the selection committee for the award were introduced in 2014 at Long Beach Comic Con. Comics writer Neo Edmund suggested the idea to Charlotte McDuffie and she passed it on to Wayne, one of McDuffie’s closest friends and collaborators.

“Charlotte trusted me to make the DMAD something that Dwayne would have signed off on. I chose a selection committee made up of eight comics pros whose opinion I know Dwayne respected,” Wayne said.

“There was no formula [in choosing the finalists], beyond designing a comics world and an editorial style that left room for something new to occur. And each of the DMAD nominees is something new, which, through its combination of inclusiveness and excellence, broadens the scope of the industry. Had Dwayne not left us, I’m sure he’d be recommending these comics.”

— Jevon Phillips | @storiz | @LATherocomplex

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Re: Reggie Hudlin is speaking at the Long Beach Comic Con
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 06:12:39 pm »
From Comic Book Resources:
 The inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity was awarded Saturday at Long Beach Comic Expo to Nilah Magruder, creator of "M.F.K."

Writer, director and producer Reginald Hudlin, former "Black Panther" writer and one of the co-founders of the new incarnation of Milestone Media, delivered the keynote address at the event. Hudlin shared the text of his speech with CBR, and it follows in full.

Text of Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity keynote speech by Reginald Hudlin

Karl Marx said, "All that is solid melts into air."

To put it another way, stuff be changing.

Remember the Berlin Wall? People were shot for getting too close to it. Now it's gone… chunks of it on display at art museums.

Reginald Hudlin at Long Beach Comic Expo. (Photo by Tamara Brooks.)

My 10-year-old daughter has only known a Black president. She knows some white guys had the job before, but that's as far back as powered wigs for her.

We're here to celebrate Dwayne McDuffie. I was a fan of his for a long time. One of the nice things about being quasi-famous is that people you don't know take your call. I was a fan of Dwayne, so I called him and got invited by the Milestone offices. I met Denys [Cowan], Dwayne, Derek [Dingle] and a lot of the other staffers.

Dwayne told me about getting a phone call from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was a fan of their character Icon. It is a testimony to the talent of Dwayne that he could write a character that would have such appeal to someone so ideologically opposite himself.

Dwayne McDuffie was one of my mentors in the world of comics. He did that for a lot of people. We'll never know how many because of his humility and generosity. I was able to give back a little when I pleaded with him to move to Los Angeles. He had been forced out of comics by an industry that he turned their collective backs on him. Some might say it was because he was difficult, others might say it was because he stood up and spoke out if he saw something was unfair.

He was in Tampa, living with his family, basically shut down. I told him anyone who could write as well as he did, and as fast as he did, would always have a job here. The lack of certainly concerned him. I pleaded with him to trust me. I'm mainly right about these things. And I was right!

He got a job right away writing in animation, and never stopped until he stopped.

He had finally pushed past all the haters. The marginally successful Black comic book creators who attacked Milestone for having distribution through a major company. I told him they will be forgotten and he would be remembered because he made great product and people saw it. I was right about that too.

He never got what he deserved in the comic book world, despite his great work in television. The fans that hated my work on "Black Panther" attacked his work on the "Fantastic Four" even more, which is hard to imagine. Heavy editorial interference blocked him from writing the "Justice League" storylines he had planned, which were all brilliant.

But none of that matters. Because the work endures and his influence on the industry endures. It's very chic to celebrate Dwayne now that he's gone. With the current trendiness of diversity, knockoffs of his work are popping up everywhere. Pretty ironic that white writers would rip off Black creators to tell stories of racial injustice.

Dwayne was a certified genius, a brilliant writer, a giving friend, a loving husband, brother and son.

Dwayne would be very excited by all the nominees for the Diversity Award in his name. They are all terrifically talented authors, and I think he would certainly support the idea of celebrating good work that improves the industry and inspires the fans that have been without representation for far too long. Cause things be changing.

I want to thank Matt Wayne, Charlotte Fullerton and the Long Beach Comic Con for making this happen.

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Re: Reggie Hudlin is speaking at the Long Beach Comic Con
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2015, 07:02:26 am »
thanks...I was about to post this, and bam here it is!