On Monday, The Beat published news that Milestone Media co-founder and Static Shock co-creator Michael Davis had died, based on a post made to the creator’s Facebook page early Monday. Shortly after this piece went live, The Beat learned that Davis was actually the victim of a hack on his social media and is very much alive and well.
After months of attempts to hack into his social media, it seems someone finally broke through, enabling them to post the false death claim on Davis’ Facebook. Davis is reportedly in touch with authorities and hopefully the matter will be resolved soon. The good news is that Davis is still around to tell us stories and host his annual Black Panel at San Diego. The hoax also led to the creation of Davis’ new Wikipedia page, which is currently pretty sparse despite his decades in the industry.
On his FB page Davis has been busy livestreaming as Proof of Life.
He also posted several examples of the hacking attacks.
You can read our original report below.
The comics industry lost a giant this week. Early Monday morning, the family of Milestone Media co-founder and Static Shock co-creator Michael Davis posted on his Facebook page to inform the public that Davis has died. According to the post, Davis took his own life, after years of struggling with and openly talking about his depression.
Perhaps best known for co-founding Milestone Media alongside Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle in 1992, Davis was also an accomplished artist, writer, graphic designer, mentor, archivist, curator, comic book publisher and regular keynote speaker. He often mentored young creators and published advice columns for nearly 30 years, which found homes at Comic Buyer’s Guide in the 1980s, then ComicMix and Bleeding Cool in more recent years.
Davis was also the president and CEO of Motown Animation & Filmworks at Motown Records, as well as president of animation at Magic Johnson Entertainment. After Milestone Media ceased publication, Davis curated a Milestones gallery, which he exhibited around the world.
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