Archive for July, 2009

The Audio From Dwayne’s Comic Con Spotlight Panel

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Courtesy of James Coville, here’s a link to my Spotlight Panel from Comic Con 2009:

Spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie receives an Inkpot Award and just does a straight Q&A with the audience. He answers questions about writing comics and animation. In particular about Fantastic Four, Damage Control, Static Shock and the Milestone Universe, Justice League, Teen Titans and Ben 10.

Click to hear the whole thing.

2009 Inkpot Award

Monday, July 27th, 2009

My name's on there, seriously.

I just got back from San Diego, I’ll post some of the rest of my adventures shortly, but I had to brag about share one piece of good news. I received Comic Con International’s prestigious 2009 Inkpot Award. I haven’t been able to find a complete list yet, but I know both Stan Freeberg andHayao Miyazaki also received the award. That’s pretty intimidating company to find myself in, and I’m truly honored.


Tuesday, July 21st, 2009


Written by Dwayne McDuffie; Art by Ed Benes, Shane Davis, Sandra Hope, Jose Luis, JP Mayer, Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund and Drew Geraci; Cover by Ed Benes

The heroes of Milestone Comics return to battle the Justice League in this title collecting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #27, 28 and 30-34.

The hero called Doctor Light is missing, and her former Justice League teammates intend to find the man responsible and make him pay. But before they do that, they'll have to get past his Shadow Cabinet of powerful superbeings who have sworn to save humanity from itself. Milestone Comics characters Icon and Hardware make their first modern DC Universe appearances here and it's not clear whose side they're on!

DC Universe | 176pg. | Color | Hardcover | $24.99 US | On Sale October 14, 2009

More Insightful Racial Commentary…

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

At, there’s a completely innocuous puff piece about my upcoming work. Once again, the very mention of race brings out the crazies. In the comments section, responding to the dwindling possibility of my doing a series about the history of black characters in the DCU, we get this:

“I can see the story now: Black evil scientist – who used to be Sivana’s janitor – develops a plague that will kill off every non-Black on the face of the planet. It’s even revealed that he tested it on Michael Jackson, who obviously was “no longer Black” and it still worked! So Obama rounds up all the DCU’s Black heroes to band together and stop this mad scientist before he kills off all the Whiteys, Asians, Amerinds, Hispanics and anyone else who doesn’t like Fried Chicken and Watermelon. Of course, there’ll be a traitor who wants all the honkies wasted, but that’s expected in a miniseries with this kind of social importance!”

See what he did there? It’s satire

Most of the comments are about how the very idea of doing a book about gathering a bunch of black superheroes (NOT what this series is about, but why let that stop us?) is “contrived.” An interesting criticism of a story in a genre where people use their super powers to fight crime. I’m getting afield, back to the topic at hand: Why is it contrived to do a story about an all-black super team, but not contrived to do a story about an all-white super team?


Dwayne McDuffie at Comic Con

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

It’s that time of year again: from Wednesday, July 22, through Sunday, July 26, I’ll be joining over 100,000 of my closest friends at the San Diego Convention Center for Nerdprom Comic Con International 2009. Although much of my time will be spent buying old comics, attending panels about my favorite TV shows, and trying to catch a glimpse of the many movie stars who attend, I’ll also be there in my official capacity as a Special Guest. Following is my my official convention schedule:



One of my favorite convention stops, this place has a huge collection of hardcovers and paperbacks. I routinely drop a couple of hundred bucks here every year, but this year I’m autographing copies of my own books, including Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool, JLA: Second Coming, and The New Fantastic Four. I hope you’ll come see me and buy mass quantities of all of them. 11:00 AM-12:00


In his website’s infamous Ask The Maestro column, he’s answered thousands of questions about the creation of comics and TV. More recently, at the DC Comics Forum, he’s answered at least one too many. Now’s your chance to ask him anything you want, live, and see if he can’t get himself in any more trouble. Emmy, Eisner, and Writers Guild award-nominated writer Dwayne McDuffie has created comic books (Marvel’s Damage Control, Milestone’s Icon, Hardware and Shadow Cabinet), and a hit TV show (Static Shock). He’s written and produced animated favorites including Ben 10: Alien Force, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans and Scooby-Doo. He’s written top-selling comics including Fantastic Four and Justice League of America. And he’s here to answer your questions. 2:00-3:00 PM Room 2


Dwayne McDuffie writer/producer (Ben 10: Alien Force, Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock). I’ll be there for an hour, and while I’m bringing lots of copies of STATIC SHOCK: REBIRTH OF THE COOL for sale, I’ll also sign whatever you bring me (I don’t charge for my signature, because no one with a lick of sense will pay for it). Also, I’m bringing fabulous prizes to give out randomly, at my whim. Friday AA4 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


The creators at Antidote Trust have one of the most pleasant booths at the whole show (and I’m not saying this just because they have a couch they let you sit on when you’re tired). In addition to the great collection of Indie comics thy have for sale, they’re also stocking an eclectic sampling of my comics. I’ll be there to sign for at least an hour Friday, and again on Saturday. Booth # 2808 Friday 5-6, even later if they don’t toss me out…

FOUR COLOR REALITY: Making Comics Relevant to Readers Across Cultures

Comic book stories have become the core of American pop cultureis there a big-budget spectacular that doesn’t in some fashion owe its existence to comic book roots these days? But sales of traditional-format comic books themselves have been in decline for years. This panel explores one reason for this shrinking market: the divergence between the identities of mainstream comic icons, who are typically straight, white, male, and American, and the demographic makeup of a new generation of readers. How can the comic book industry connect with changing audiencesnot just of diverse races and backgrounds, but of different cultural and national origins as well? Moderated by Jeff Yang (editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology). Panelists include Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Comics, JLA, Ben 10: Alien Force), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile), Stuart Moore (Wolverine: Noir, The 99), and Jai Nitz (Blue Beetle, El Diablo). Room 3, 6:30-7:30pm


BEN 10

It’s all about Ben 10 at this panel, featuring director Alex Winter, and cast members from the upcoming live-action movie Ben 10: Alien Swarm, coming this fall to Cartoon Network. Also appearing are Ben 10: Alien Force producer Glen Murakami, story editor Dwayne McDuffie, and Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben). Make sure not to miss an exclusive look at what’s coming next, with a sneak peek at Generator Rex, and the first images from the upcoming series, Sym-Bionic Titan, by creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory). Room 6DE, 11:45-12:45


I’m back at the Antidote Trust Booth for a quickie Autograph session. I’m going to see if they don’t mind me showing up again for a longer session. Watch this space for updates. Booth # 2808 1-1:45


I’ll be joining Producer Glen Murakami and the voice of Ben Tennyson, Yuri Lowenthal for a Ben 10 signing. Last year, they had awesome Ben 10 magnets for us to sign, maybe something else cool this year? 2-3:30 in the autograph area, on the second floor of the convention.

And that’s my official schedule. Check back closer to the show date for changes and additions.


Hey! Two years in a row I wasn’t invited to sign at the DC Comics booth, or participate in any of their panels. At least this time they’ve got a good reason. If you see me on the floor, be sure to come up and say hello, I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

Black Lightning Returns

Saturday, July 11th, 2009