Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dwayne McDuffie, R.I.P.

From MTV Splash Page --

Some sad news coming out of the industry wire today, as comic book, television, and movie writer Dwayne McDuffie has reportedly died due to complications of a surgical procedure.

An accomplished comics scribe whose work often challenged racial stereotypes in the industry, McDuffie's death was first reported at Comic Book Resources this afternoon and was later confirmed by various sources in and around the industry.

Among comics fans, McDuffie is probably best known as one of the co-founders of Milestone Media, a comics line that featured people of color as some of its most popular new heroes. One of the line's featured characters, Static, made the leap to television in 2000 as the hero of the award-winning animated series "Static Shock."

McDuffie was also called upon to write for several other popular animated series, including "Justice League Unlimited" and "Ben 10."

More recently, McDuffie scripted several of Warner Bros. Animation's animated feature films, including last year's "Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths" and "All-Star Superman," which hit shelves today. The writer was in attendance at the "All-Star Superman" premiere last week here in New York City.

Over the years, McDuffie has maintained an active creative presence in print comics despite his work in television and movies, and has been called upon to script the comic book adventures of a long list of notable characters — as well as a long list of characters made more notable by his efforts. In addition to writing high-profile, mainstream titles like "Justice League," McDuffie is known for bringing a tremendous level of character development to lesser-known titles like "Damage Control," "Deathlok," and "Firestorm."

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