Dwayne McDuffie, comics and animation writer, died today of complications during surgery. He was 49.
I met McDuffie once at the ChicagoCon shortly after Milestone Media started up. He signed all my Icon and Damage Control comics and was just the nicest guy. McDuffie has gotten in hot water with DC for posting messages on boards revealing how the editorial process really works and saw his characters at Milestone get marginalized and forgotten about, except for Static, the only one DC is incorporating into the DCU proper.
McDuffie saw a lot more success in animation. Besides several of the DC Animated features, his writing has also graced shows ranging from Ben10 to The Boondocks. He was a rarity, a man in a competitive field who never lost his humanity.
Rest well, McDuffie. You've earned it.