When Dwayne McDuffie, the screenwriter and creator for many recent projects for DC Animation, including All-Star Superman, and the upcoming Justice League Doom, passed away this past February, the comics and animation industry lost a great talent and a great person.
Now there is a chance to help honor his career and legacy. The Writers’ Guild of America Animation Writers Caucaus (WGA-AWC) offers a Lifetime Achievement award to those who have “advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer.” At this time, McDuffie’s name is not listed among the eligible for consideration, but that can change. Members of the Guild can write in Dwayne’s name as one of their 5 allowed votes. If enough do, it McDuffie will be taken into consideration. To help make Caucus members aware of this, a Facebook group has been started to bring attention to the members of the Guild. On the group’s page Charlotte McDuffie, Dwayne’s wife, has posted:
“To all of our WGA-AWC ANIMATION WRITER friends out there in facebook land: Dwayne’s name is once again not listed among the rest of us as eligible for consideration for the lifetime achievement award, but he CAN in fact be eligible for consideration even posthumously IF he receives a groundswell of WRITE-IN VOTES! So please, everybody we know, write-in Dwayne’s name as one of your 5 votes on your WGA-AWC ballot. It’s not just a gesture: it will help get him into the running!
Please help spread the word, especially to friends in primetime animation and features.”
Only members of the Writers’ Guild Animation Caucus are able to vote, but that hasn’t stopped the call going out to all via Facebook, Twitter, and skywriting even. The hope is to get the attention of the members of the caucus, especially the primetime animation and feature writers, like last year’s winner, The Simpsons writer Mike Scully, or The Incredibles and Iron Giant writer Brad Bird.
Besides featurework, he also co-created Static Shock for Warner Brothers Animation, based on his Milestone Media comic series Static. He was also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s Justice League. He was Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne has created or co-created more than a dozen series, including Damage Control, Deathlok II, Icon, Xombi, The Road to Hell, and Hardware. He also wrote Spider-man, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Captain Marvel, Avengers Spotlight and X-O Manowar.