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    Never met him, always admired him.

    It's just terrible.
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2011
  2.  (9568.23)
    A great under appreciated writer.
    His life, and all the potential stories he still could have told, cut too short.
    • CommentAuthorsamishah
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2011
    For some reason those Milestone comics used to be amongst the only comics that came regularly to Karachi, Pakistan. It was around the time I discovered comics so Icon and Static and all the others were amongst the first comics I properly followed. I still think they were amongst the best written I ever read. Interestingly, my introduction to much of the history of the Black movement in America came through those comics. Dwayne introduced me to Frederik Douglass and Booker T. Washington because his characters discussed them. I even learned a great deal about how different african american people view social progress through the ways in which Icon and his sidekick (the girl's name escapes me) debated the issue. But more importantly, it was the little human moments he put in his comics that mattered to me. His JLU work was incredible no doubt, but for me it was always a scene in Static in which the superhero is caught in the rain and suffers through a cold the next day. I made the character more real to me than almost anything I have read since.

    RIP Dwayne.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2011
    Sad day for comics. Dwayne McDuffie seemed like a stand-up guy just based on the few forum posts I've read by him. My love for JLU is eternal and the piece of Marvel Correspondence where in frustration to shitty depictions of Black Characters in comics he preposes Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers is just some of what he tried to do to make comics more diverse.

  3.  (9568.26)
    McDuffie's work was my first evidence as a kid that comics pros understood implicit statements as well as explicit ones, as well as the powerful feeling that the individual of an underrepresented group is representative of the entire group. Smart man, nice guy, and helluva a writer. I hope we don't see comics and animation retrogress in his absence.
  4.  (9568.27)
    I'm embarrassed to say that I never took any notice of Mc Duffie's name until I started reading the Milestone titles. But once I got hooked on ICON, I wound up picking up every single Milestone comic that came out for as long as the line lasted. The comics didn't hit you over the head with the fact that, say, the role of the token minority in the Blood Syndicate was occupied by the white guy. Racial and even sexual diversity was taken as both a given and something for granted. Given how bland superhero comics had become in the 1990s, Milestone injected some much needed excitement into superhero comics.

    Now if DC can have series starring lesbian characters, isn't it time to bring back Donner and Blitzen (aka DC's first lesbian interracial superhero couple)?

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