nerdmeister:

Hi. So, two years ago today we lost Dwayne McDuffie. I still find it hard to think about, much less post about. And I don’t want to, I don’t know, cash in on our friendship. But it’d be equally awkward to just let the day go by without recognizing it.
So, I here’s picture of Dwayne, his wife Charlotte Fullerton and my son Riley from Comic-Con in 2010. Here, Dwayne was trying to entertain Riley, who was exhausted from posing for pictures (“Hey, Ultra Boy! Over here!”). I’m posting it because in most of Dwayne’s pictures he looks so wise and intelligent and dignified. And he was all those things.
But he could also be goofy and hilarious… and kind. 
He was kind to me again and again. When my old MAC used to crash, Dwayne would be on the other end of the phone, walking me through restarting my computer from the discs, not unlike Charlton Heston walking Karen Black the steps of landing a 747 in AIRPORT 1975.
When the WGA strike hit in 2008 and I, with a family to support, panicked over losing my live action work, Dwayne immediately gave me work on Ben 10: Alien Force. Whenever I had a pitch to work out, I would ride my bike over to Dwayne’s place and pitch it to him first. He’d listen patiently and give me brilliant pointers. Or just tear the thing down and help me build it up again from scratch. Yes, I know.  How great was it that I had a story genius in my neighborhood who I could impose upon like that?
I met Dwayne 20-some odd years ago through his best friend Matt Wayne who, like Dwayne, is always ready with sound advice and a patient ear. Matt tells me that it was Dwayne who suggested the “pinhole” instead of a black hole for the fourth GL episode.
Sometimes I would call Dwayne and ask how he was doing and he’d tell me, “Swamped. I’m late on everything.” Then, tell him I was driving over to Fry’s Electronics and ask if he wanted to come. “Yeah, sure. I’ll come.” It was like his kryptonite.
I met with Dwayne and Charlotte at a diner just before I went in to Warner Brothers Animation to pitch my Green Lantern take to Bruce and Sam Register. Who better than Dwayne to give me insider advice about pitching Bruce? I won’t tell you what he said. But I will tell you I got the job.
I nicknamed Dwayne “The Maestro” because, even though we were friends, his talent and brilliance put him on a whole different level. I thought he deserved a title. He was my friend and he was my mentor.
He was The Maestro.
And I miss him every day.

nerdmeister:

Hi. So, two years ago today we lost Dwayne McDuffie. I still find it hard to think about, much less post about. And I don’t want to, I don’t know, cash in on our friendship. But it’d be equally awkward to just let the day go by without recognizing it.

So, I here’s picture of Dwayne, his wife Charlotte Fullerton and my son Riley from Comic-Con in 2010. Here, Dwayne was trying to entertain Riley, who was exhausted from posing for pictures (“Hey, Ultra Boy! Over here!”). I’m posting it because in most of Dwayne’s pictures he looks so wise and intelligent and dignified. And he was all those things.

But he could also be goofy and hilarious… and kind. 

He was kind to me again and again. When my old MAC used to crash, Dwayne would be on the other end of the phone, walking me through restarting my computer from the discs, not unlike Charlton Heston walking Karen Black the steps of landing a 747 in AIRPORT 1975.

When the WGA strike hit in 2008 and I, with a family to support, panicked over losing my live action work, Dwayne immediately gave me work on Ben 10: Alien Force. Whenever I had a pitch to work out, I would ride my bike over to Dwayne’s place and pitch it to him first. He’d listen patiently and give me brilliant pointers. Or just tear the thing down and help me build it up again from scratch. Yes, I know.  How great was it that I had a story genius in my neighborhood who I could impose upon like that?

I met Dwayne 20-some odd years ago through his best friend Matt Wayne who, like Dwayne, is always ready with sound advice and a patient ear. Matt tells me that it was Dwayne who suggested the “pinhole” instead of a black hole for the fourth GL episode.

Sometimes I would call Dwayne and ask how he was doing and he’d tell me, “Swamped. I’m late on everything.” Then, tell him I was driving over to Fry’s Electronics and ask if he wanted to come. “Yeah, sure. I’ll come.” It was like his kryptonite.

I met with Dwayne and Charlotte at a diner just before I went in to Warner Brothers Animation to pitch my Green Lantern take to Bruce and Sam Register. Who better than Dwayne to give me insider advice about pitching Bruce? I won’t tell you what he said. But I will tell you I got the job.

I nicknamed Dwayne “The Maestro” because, even though we were friends, his talent and brilliance put him on a whole different level. I thought he deserved a title. He was my friend and he was my mentor.

He was The Maestro.

And I miss him every day.

silentsmack:

iamdavidbrothers:

I want you to keep this two-page story by Matt Wayne, John Paul Leon, Noelle Giddings, and Dave Sharpe in mind this month. I want you to think of this every time someone — anyone, myself included — invokes Dwayne McDuffie’s name.

I want you to think about what they have to gain when they say the man’s name.

Always reblog this when I see it pop up on here. 

blackfolksmakingcomics:

gabzilla-z:

worldsfinestonline:

“Ultimate Spider-Man” honors Dwayne McDuffie

;A;

All hail “The Maestro.” Wow.

This show might not be my favorite show but this is a really beautiful thing to do.

Kind of how 2003 TMNT cartoon honored Jack Kirby.

;__;

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girlinfourcolors:

mattwayne:

I’ve debated airing this in public for two months now.

Comic-Con International is printing tributes to Dwayne in the San Diego Comic-Con program this year, and they approached me to write one. What I came back with was my sincere feelings, and something…

→ This is the life of a Judoka: Still The Budgie

blackfolksmakingcomics:

“When I was a kid, I used to have this parakeet. Sometimes, when I’d open his cage to clean it, he’d escape. The little bird would see the backyard and make his move. Invariably, he’d head straight for the window, fast as he could and inevitably, crack his head on…

This is beautiful, Dwayne McDuffie was a really good writer and I am forever thankful of him for creating diverse characters in the Milestone universe at DC which lead to the creation of Static Shock which then was adapted into one of my favorite cartoons as a child. He also wrote episodes of (and produced) Justice League Unlimited which had diverse 3-dimensional female characters that were funny, strong, charismatic, interesting, with believable problems and full-fleshed relationships with other male and female characters in the show.

Mcduffie always tried to diversify his cast in his stories, give voice to the characters that otherwise wouldn’t be heard and make comics enjoyable for everyone.

I wish Editorial mandate hadn’t fucked up his last Justice League run, it was interesting and he wanted to do so many interesting things but DC prevented him from using the characters he wanted and kept interrupting him with events and other stupid shit.

But even then his JLA run was interesting and compelling, he made Black Canary the leader of the JLA, he dedicated a story arc to Vixen, he made me care about Red Tornado. Overall the team cared about each other and they all felt real.

Of course in the end DC undid everything.

There’s also this hilarious spoof pitch he made to Marvel. Seriously he brought up issues of tokenism and stereotyping on the industry and he did something about it!

I am saddened that he died but I am also thankful for all that he did. I hope in the future more people follow in his footsteps, because the comic industry desperately needs more people like McDuffie.