Long Beach Comic Con has announced (through 13th Dimension) that they are going to be announcing a Dwayne McDuffie Award. McDuffie was a comic and television writer who created the animated TV series Static Shock as well as co-founding Milestone Comics, the first minority owned and operated comic publisher. He passed away one day after his 49th birthday in 2011 after complications from emergency heart surgery.
Details of the award will be announced at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday, September 27th at 10:30 am PST. The event will be attended by Long Beach Comic Con co-founders Martha Donato and Phil Lawrence; prominent comics and animation professionals Neo Edmund, Joan Hilty, Joseph Illidge, Heidi MacDonald, Glen Murakami, Eugene Son, William J. Watkins, and Len Wein; plus Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie and Matt Wayne.
It's unclear from the announcement whether the award is being given out at the event on the 27th or if we'll just learn the details of it. McDuffie was a brilliant and talented man that I got to know only briefly one weekend… an award named in his honor is truly deserved.