Tuesday, February 22, 2011

RIP, Dwayne McDuffie

Earlier today we received word that Dwayne McDuffie, a pillar of the animation community, died over the holiday weekend.

TV animation producer Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote comicbooks for Marvel and DC and founded his own publishing company before crossing over to television and animation, died Monday, Feb. 21. He was 49. ...

McDuffie penned straight-to-vid pics "All Star Superman," which was just released, and "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" and was a writer-producer on Cartoon Network series "Justice League," "Ben 10: Alien Force" and "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien." ...

Forty-nine is far too young to depart, but we seldom get to choose our span of years. Our condolences go out to Dwayne's wife Charlotte and his many friends and co-workers.

Add On: One of Dwayne McDuffie's last projects is reviewed here.


Jay said...

An amazing, down-to-earth man who created/translated many of our favorite comic books stories for animation. His writing helped legitimize superhero animation as being more "than just for kids" and created many more animation jobs due to this. The direct-to-dvd movie surge of Marvel and DC can be attributed to him. He will be missed.

(side note: he was also humble and had a great sense of humor despite the flak he got from "super geeks" for making slight changes to their favorite characters for TV. In my younger years I "accidentally" met him while casually discussing DC animation with other fans at a comic convention. Except the animation fan "Dwayne" I was talking to was the one who actually wrote the episodes I was praising/ranting about. When he finally said something like "well, when I wrote that..." I suddenly felt like the biggest fool. He laughed at my realization and I regard the rest of our conversations as the highlight of that entire event.)

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