Last year I dedicated a series of posts for a “Dwayne McDuffie Week” honoring the late/great writer. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I wasn’t able to devote time to properly write up a week’s worth of pieces, but I’d be incredibly remiss if I didn’t in some way pay tribute today on the 8th anniversary of McDuffie’s passing.
To that end I have compiled a collection of select tweets from 2011, when news broke that McDuffie had passed away, from various professionals, some who knew Dwayne personally but all who had incredible respect and admiration for the man. The tweets I highlighted represent just a tiny fraction of the outpouring of love for McDuffie throughout social media that day. I like to think he would be pleased to hear he was among the top trending topics of the day alongside “Justin Bieber’s new haircut” and the band “Phish.”
Words fail me to properly convey just how much McDuffie meant to me, both as a writer and a person, so just for today I’ll let others do it for me. Make no mistake, not a day goes by that I don’t think about Dwayne.
I encourage everyone to support the Dwayne McDuffie Fund to help continue McDuffie’s vision and legacy.
Just heard the talented Dwayne McDuffie has died. He was at times my employer, my friend, my inspiration. I am utterly stunned by this. RIP.
— Len Wein (@LenWein) February 22, 2011
Devastated at the passing of Dwayne McDuffie. Colleague, friend and wonderful soul.
— Paul_Dini (@Paul_Dini) February 22, 2011
Life is so fast and so important, and then WHAM! all that's left are the memories you created. We remember and we love you, Dwayne McDuffie.
— Misty Lee @🏠 (@Misty_Lee) February 22, 2011
I am shocked and so very sad to hear of the death of my friend, an extraordinary writer and kind person, Dwayne McDuffie.
— Dee Bradley Baker (@deebradleybaker) February 23, 2011
So sorry to hear of Dwayne McDuffie's passing. Lovely man, super talent.
— Rob Paulsen (@yakkopinky) February 23, 2011
Dwayne McDuffie was THE most consistently under-rated writer in comics, bar none. He should be mentioned with the best. I love that guy.
— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) February 23, 2011
I already miss @dwayne_mcduffie so much. What a ridiculous, evil, and unfair loss.
— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) February 23, 2011
So much more than a 'writer', Dwayne McDuffie on the realities of the Black writer in the comic book industry http://youtu.be/u16sKK-1oLQ
— Chris Sotomayor (@SotoColor) February 23, 2011
RIP, Dwayne McDuffie.
— Dave McCaig (@DaveMcCaig) February 22, 2011
I had much respect and admiration for Dwayne McDuffie. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Very sad.
— Andre Szymanowicz (@astrobrain) February 22, 2011
I don't even know how to write this. Dwayne McDuffie has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife.
— christopher yost (@yost) February 22, 2011
Just discovered that Dwayne McDuffie died. Utterly gutted. Guy was a friend and a genius. Rest in peace, sir.
— Tony Lee (@mrtonylee) February 22, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. I worked with him on a series based on the Milestone characters that never got produced. A super nice, sweet guy. :(
— David Wise (@DavidWiseSF) February 22, 2011
“@THR: Comics and Animation Writer Dwayne McDuffie Dies http://j.mp/gXWuKL” R.I.P. Dwayne.
— Maria Canals-Barrera (@Maria_CB) February 23, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. You will be missed.
— ralphgarman (@RalphGarman) February 23, 2011
So sorry to hear about Dwayne McDuffie. My thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) February 22, 2011
Very sad to hear about Dwayne McDuffie passing away. Am actually really shocked and saddened by this. Rest In Peace. He was really fun guy.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) February 22, 2011
R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie. Great writer, great guy and a huge loss.
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) February 22, 2011
Very shocked by the sad death of Dwayne McDuffie. Condolences to his family and friends. His voice lives on in the work he leaves behind.
— Grant Morrison (@grantmorrison) February 22, 2011
Always fun, never preachy, but constantly, fearlessly blowing up stereotypes and glass ceilings. Thank you, Dwayne McDuffie.
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) February 22, 2011
Terrible news about Dwayne McDuffie. Condolences to all who knew him.
— Rob Williams (@Robwilliams71) February 22, 2011
All of us here at DH are saddened to hear the terrible news about Dwayne McDuffie. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.
— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) February 22, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. As many have said, go read one of his comics, watch one of his cartoons, celebrate his life and his contributions.
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) February 22, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. An incredibly talented creator and genuinely kind human being. Thoughts with his loved ones.
— Ben Morse (@BenJMorse) February 22, 2011
I'm shocked by the news of Dwayne McDuffie's sudden passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
— Mel Caylo (@melcaylo) February 22, 2011
Great stuff by Dwayne McDuffie: Static, Icon, Damage Control, Fantastic Four…add more.
— Stephen Wacker (@StephenWacker) February 22, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. Met him only once but he seemed like a nice guy. And I always enjoyed his work. Real shame.
— Frank Tieri (@FrankTieri) February 22, 2011
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Dwayne McDuffie.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 22, 2011
[Austin] Condolences to the friends and family of Dwayne McDuffie http://bit.ly/dYgTt6
— DC (@DCComics) February 22, 2011
Man, RIP Dwayne McDuffie. The man had been doing some amazing animation work these last few years.
— Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron) February 22, 2011
I can't believe Dwayne McDuffie is gone. I got to work with him often in animation and I just adored him. I'm completely in shock.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 22, 2011
Loved Dwayne McDuffie, the guy and his work. Deepest sympathies to his family.
— robliefeld (@robertliefeld) February 22, 2011
Just got back from lunch to hear the horrible horrible news about Dwayne McDuffie. I am in tears.
— Heidi MacDonald (@Comixace) February 22, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. Very sorry to hear it. Chatting (and occasionally working) with Dwayne was always a treat.
— Kurt Busiek Resists (@KurtBusiek) February 22, 2011
Holy shit, sad news. Dwayne McDuffie has died. :( http://bit.ly/eG1GLW
— Amy Mebberson 🇦🇺🍻🇺🇸 (@amymebberson) February 22, 2011
So sad. He trust me enough 2 give me my first job @ milestone RT @CBR: Milestone Creator Dwayne McDuffie has Died http://on.cbr.cc/hLi4XJ
— humberto ramos (@humberto_ramos) February 22, 2011
we put damage control in new avengers 1 this year. i didn't know dwayne mcduffie i hope he enjoyed that.
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) February 22, 2011
So, aside from feeling completely helpless, the thing to do today is read a Dwayne McDuffie comic.
— Phillip Hester (@philhester) February 22, 2011
— chris eliopoulos (@ChrisEliopoulos) February 22, 2011
Still shocked by the loss of Dwayne McDuffie. For those unfamiliar with his work: RT @Comixace Why we needed Dwayne http://bit.ly/eKVMjr
— blair butler (@theblairbutler) February 23, 2011
Shocked and saddened by the death of Dwayne McDuffie. I just had a photo session with him last week.
— SethKushner (@sethkushner) February 22, 2011
Dwayne McDuffie passed. He will be missed. I'm tired of people I admire passing. Satoshi Kon, Boyd Kirkland, Clement Sauve, and my brother.
— Matt “San Dimas is my Graceland” Youngberg (@theironwrist) February 22, 2011
Is it some kind of irony or testament to Dwayne McDuffie that his animated adaption of All Star Superman comes out today? I don't know. Sad.
— Derrick J. Wyatt (@DerrickJWyatt) February 22, 2011
Everything about @Dwayne_McDuffie was big. A giant guy, with a huge spirit, and a grand, booming laugh.
— Bob Goodman (@b0bg00dman) February 23, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the family of Dwayne McDuffie.
— Whilce Portacio (@WhilcePortacio) February 23, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. The mark you made is huge and lasting. You'll be greatly missed.
— Tom Raney (@TomRaney_art) February 22, 2011
Terrible news. RIP Dwayne McDuffie.
— Gabriel Hardman (@gabrielhardman) February 22, 2011
Really sorry to hear about the passing of Dwayne McDuffie. Best wishes to his friends and family.
— CHRIS SAMNEE (@ChrisSamnee) February 22, 2011
Man. I saw Dwayne McDuffie in Detroit once but couldn't muster up the courage to talk to him. Wish I had. Rest in Peace, Dwayne.
— Doc Shaner (@DocShaner) February 22, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie, heck of a comics writer and a super nice guy. Way too soon.
— Shannon Hale (@haleshannon) February 23, 2011
Wow. Dwayne McDuffie is a trending topic on Twitter. He's really going to be missed.
— Phil Jimenez (@Philjimeneznyc) February 23, 2011
And in the US, Dwayne McDuffie is trending on Twitter (above Gadhafi). That's the kinda guy he was, a trendsetter. http://t.co/La09fuH
— Arrest PO Mattingly Hankison & Cosgrove for murder (@kwanzer) February 22, 2011
— Jake Black (@jakeboyslim) February 22, 2011
Devastated by Dwayne McDuffie's passing. It feels like a pit in my stomach.
— David Gallaher (@DavidGallaher) February 22, 2011
Wow, been on a plane all day & just heard about Dwayne McDuffie…sincerest condolences to his family & loved ones.
— Christos Gage (@Christosgage) February 23, 2011
Never got to meet Dwayne, but was a big fan and I had just got done telling a friend how perfect All-Star Supes was. RIP Dwayne McDuffie
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) February 22, 2011
I never worked with Dwayne McDuffie, but many of my friends did. By all accounts he was a wonderful, incredibly talented man.
— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) February 22, 2011
So much of my son's favorite animation was written by Dwayne McDuffie. He did some amazing work.
— Alex Grecian (@alexgrecian) February 22, 2011
It's shocking to think I saw Dwayne McDuffie just last week. A huge loss not just for comics/animation, but for entertainment at large.
— Jonah Weiland (@jonahweiland) February 22, 2011
@allhellismrsun I'm shocked to hear that Dwayne McDuffie is dead. He had a lot more to contribute.
— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) February 22, 2011
Sad to hear about Dwayne McDuffie.
— Dave Gibbons (@davegibbons90) February 22, 2011
All Star Superman DVD just showed up! Tonight's viewing is appropriately dedicated to Dwayne McDuffie. I've already heard he NAILED IT.
— Mayday Trippe (@maydaytrippe) February 22, 2011
Field & I are watching "Hereafter," a great Dwayne McDuffie episode of JLU. It's just excellent. Classic references, wonderful new ideas.
— Mayday Trippe (@maydaytrippe) February 22, 2011
Milestone Creator Dwayne McDuffie has Died http://bit.ly/eG1GLW Aw, damn.
— Phil LaMarr (@phillamarr) February 23, 2011
RIP Dwayne McDuffie. A wonderful writer, a wonderful mind, a wonderful man. It was an honor to write with him and to know him.
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) February 22, 2011