I haven't been here in a while (not specific to this board, I haven't done much message-boarding at all lately, due to time constraints) but those who know me know I've been a fan of Dwayne's work since reading the third Damage Control mini in 1991, and have been commiserating with him since the AOL Warriors of Color board. After hearing the news, I was so stunned that I didn't know how to react immediately. I finally wrote up this piece, because I wanted people to know how important this guy was:http://www.ifanboy.com/content/articles/Ten_Things_You_Should_Know_About_Dwayne_McDuffie
I've come back here because I wanted to share it in a place where people who share my appreciation for the man and his work congregate. I miss him too, and can't believe he's gone. It's not lost on me that some of our greatest comic creators; Mark Gruenwald, Mike Wieringo, and now Dwayne McDuffie have all suffered early deaths due to heart disease. I hope some kind of campaign can get going within the comics community to urge early, regular screenings, even before age 40, for the warnings signs of this affliction. We can't afford to lose the people who have given us so much.
And thanks to Kynn for his efforts to keep this place going; I fully support that and am willing to contribute money if it is needed.