Comic book and animation legend Dwayne McDuffie is the subject of a new documentary celebrating his legacy in the industry.
Warner Bros. has released the documentary A League of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story that honors the life and work of the writer, producer and editor in animation and comics.
McDuffie passed away on February 21, 2011 and has left a prolific job that is still praised today. He created the teenage Virgil Hawkins / Static and wrote the comic that later led to the popular animated series, Static shock. His list of writing credits includes the animated series. League of Justice Y Unlimited Justice League, Ben 10and numerous comic books, animated series, and animated films throughout the years.
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Along with Denys Cowan, Derek T. Dingle, and Michael Davis, McDuffie founded Milestone Comics in 1993. The comic book company broke new ground with an on-page rendering that featured characters like Hardware, Icon, Rocket, and Xombi. These comics told stories that faced issues related to race, discrimination, and sexuality, and addressed issues before their time.
McDuffie’s work has made a resounding impact on the comic book world as his representation mission continues to live on. The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics was established in 2014 and honors creators who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to inclusion on the page and behind the scenes.
Static has appeared on the Young Justice animated series and a new Static shock the movie is in process by Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan. Static returns to comics in its own digital miniseries that will be released on April 12 as part of DC’s Milestone relaunch.
The relaunch is being overseen by Reginald Hudlin and Denys Cowan and will have a new wave of digital miniseries. “Milestone Mondays” is the new digital publishing initiative, which debuts with an expanded edition of Milestone Returns # 0 on February 26. The Icon & Rocket and Hardware duo will also receive new series this year.
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