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Introducing DwayneMcduffie.com

October 17th, 2011 | Posted by Eugene Son in Remembering Dwayne McDuffie

Hi.

Please excuse me if this introductory post is awkward or verbose or boring.  This isn’t easy to write.

My name is Eugene.  I was one of the lucky ones.  I was one of Dwayne McDuffie’s friends.

I can tell you all the things about Dwayne that you probably already know – that he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Physics, that he attended NYU Film School, that he worked as a writer and editor at Marvel Comics, that he created Damage Control for Marvel, that he co-founded Milestone Media, that he co-created Static and its animated series Static Shock, that he wrote and story-edited Justice League Unlimited, that he wrote and story-edited Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, that he was nominated for and won awards.

Impressive list, isn’t it?  Dwayne McDuffie was an impressive man.  But his Wikipedia bio doesn’t give you the whole picture of how impressive he was.  Intelligent, funny, gentle, compassionate, charismatic, principled, self-effacing, great with kids, generous, hard-working.  One of those people who always gave you the most unexpected-yet-perfect birthday or Christmas present.  A terrific story-teller.  The best conversationalist.  An amazing family man.  A true friend.

And he left us way too soon.

Fortunately Dwayne was much loved.  His friends and family have all rallied together, helping to share the burden of the huge emotional toll that comes with losing a loved one.  But in addition to the big things, there are the little things.  Small formalities that Dwayne left behind that needed to be dealt with, including what to do with his website.

In the next few months, there will be changes as the website shifts from one that promoted his work to one that reflects his immense legacy.  On this blog, the plan is to post things that he wrote, including his old columns and scripts, and get his friends and colleagues to write their stories and tributes about Dwayne McDuffie.  A few of us have great stories that Dwayne shared with us that we want to share with you.

The message board forums will remain.  Over the years, Dwayne liked to interact with his fans there.  Even now there’s a small but active community of Ben 10 fans there.

And for legacy purposes, we’ve kept his original website much the way he left it.

If you have any questions or concerns or requests of what you’d like to see here, click on any of the “Contact” links and send them my way.

I’m still not sure what Dwayne would have wanted done with his website.  But knowing him, I think he’d be happy with how it looks as long as it displayed right on an iPhone and iPad.

Again, please excuse me if this post was awkward or verbose or boring.  It wasn’t easy to write.  Hey, I’m someone who writes professionally and I find this post barely intelligible.

Dwayne McDuffie would’ve written it better.  He always did.