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    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011 edited
    I'm seeing some reports around the net that Dwayne McDuffie has died.

    I really hope this is bullshit, but can anyone confirm either way? He's a brilliant bloke.
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    I can't believe it either. I'm not sure if everyone here at Warner Bros. is aware of this. I'm in shock. I only met him a couple of times when I worked at Milestone. he was a really nice guy.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    Okay. If this is confirmed, can I request the thread title be changed to something more fitting.

    As I've just said on Facebook, Green Lantern will always be a black dude to me, thanks to Dwayne and my kids are gonna love JLU and Ben 10 in a year or so. He wrote some damn brilliant stuff and was a lovely bloke who had a lot of time and advice for people getting started as writers and wanting to work in the comics industry.

    I'm still hoping for a Tom Sawyer moment where he turns up here and posts to tell us all to chill out, but this is not just a sad loss to the industry because of his work, but he was such a good guy and a gentleman.
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    CBR is running the story here.
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    Just heard the news myself. Twitter has McDuffie as a trending topic right now, so any lack of recognition won't last long.
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    Fuck--I just saw this via a local Con organizer, as Dwayne was the GoH in 2009 at Minnesota's CONvergence. I am floored, saddened, hoping I'm going to wake up, and trying not to cry.
    • CommentAuthorJECole
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    Ah fuck. Another good one gone:(
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    Rich has a piece up on Bleeding Cool.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    Damn, he was a real innovator. Busted his ass to make comics more diverse and accessible. He'll be missed.
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    I remember he had a forum on Delphi as well, back when the WEF was going on, he was very vocal about minority inclusion in comics (both character-wise and creator-wise), a sad loss.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    It's a tragic loss, he's always been doing something worth noticing, and by all accounts, always been a really decent person while he went about doing it all.
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    They're having a McDuffie Week tribute over at Project: Rooftop, any Whitechapel artists that may be inclined to participate can see the info here:
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    RIP Mr. McDuffie. JLU made me care about comic book universes. Incredible talent. Goddamnit.
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    Very unexpected and very sad indeed. I remember reading his Damage Control comics back in the day, and like Rich said — those were some of the funniest and inventive books around. I clearly remember Milestone launching and how I excited I was by those first few books. He created Epic stuff.
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    Talented guy. Pity.
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    That sucks. The first I ever heard of him was when Static Shock came out on WB. At first I thought it was gonna be really dumb and cater to little kids, but after a few episodes I was totally addicted to it. It was the first cartoon I had seen in a long while that actually addressed real world problems like drug addiction in a no-bullshit, non-sugarcoated way. It was extremely well written for a cartoon, better than most. Dwayne was definitely a game changer, his innovations will be missed.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    Between this and Nicholas Courtney also passing away today, it's been a sad day. I know it's cliche, but Dwayne's going to be sorely missed. There's word that C2E2 will have a memorial service; I'm going to try and make that.
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    When MILESTONE came out, I picked up the first few issues of at least half the line, if not more. Then I pared it down to what fit into my budget, but I enjoyed them.

    I'm a white kid, grown up. But when I was in 4th grade, we watched a cartoon based off of folk heroes. It had Buffalo Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, and John Henry. I'm from Minnesota, the home of Paul Bunyan. I watched that cartoon, and John Henry? He was my hero. Human vs. machine, and the human wins! He gives it his all, to the hilt! I adored that man. When I was 13, I heard FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET for the first time. I miss the Bomb Squad, and Professor Griff, and Flavor Flav is awesome, but Chuck D's voice? His lyrics and the way he delivered them, and what he was saying? Blew my brain right open. In comics, with MILESTONE, I had heroes that looked more like what I was hoping they would, could. I appreciated what Dwayne McDuffie was doing, the stories he was telling and the heroes he gave us.

    I've watched all of his JLA/JLU run with my oldest son.

    I know it may be lame, but one of the toons/characters I made in City of Heroes owes their inspiration to McDuffie's work, I had his work in mind when I made it. It's amazing how much of someone has soaked into you sometimes, until something like this happens. I was doing fine on the not crying bit up 'til now, and since there's no crying on Whitechapel, I'm going to log off.

    But I'm going to miss his work.
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011
    What a loss. My heart goes out to his friends and family.
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    An old roommate of mine tried to make fun of my enjoyment of STATIC SHOCK between rounds of Counter-strike. Bounced off me like I was made of so much rubber.

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