The authors of the recent Guide to Accessing the Black Comic Book Community take it one step further – while also paying tribute to one person who has helped us get this far.
Joseph Illidge, Dimitrios Fragiskatos and George Carmona 3rd have donated 100% of their guidebook proceeds so far – $ 2,000 – to the Dwayne McDuffie Fund.
“The Dwayne McDuffie Fund was established to help commemorate my late husband’s legacy in the entertainment industry, which – in addition to groundbreaking Milestone Media – now includes the prestigious annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Children’s Comics, “Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie, widow of Dwayne McDuffie, tells Newsarama.
“The fund also continues to help protect its societal heritage, through scholarly publications, charities, documentaries and educational exhibits, including at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.”
Published earlier this year, the Guide to Accessing the Black Comic Book Community functions as a resource tool for a better understanding of the black comic book community – for those who work in it, those who aspire to do so. and for those who just want to be aware and better informed. When the project was announced, the authors pledged to donate all proceeds from the book to the Dwayne McDuffie Fund.
“The Dwayne McDuffie Fund’s stated goal of awarding (once it hits) scholarships to various students is completely in line with The Access Guide’s goal of introducing more people to comics.” , both at the consumer level and at the professional level, âsaid Dimitrios Fragiskatos, co-author of the guide and owner of Brooklyn comic book store, Any Comics.
McDuffie’s life and career himself is a testament to the need for diverse voices in comics. Even with limitations, McDuffie has created stories and universes that we celebrate today; that speak to my clients of Any Comics. in Brooklyn. “
In addition to co-creating Milestone Media (and many of its characters, including Static), Dwayne McDuffie created Marvel’s Damage Control and the third iteration of Deathlok (Michael Collins). As a writer he had memorable stints on Static, Fantastic Four, Justice League of America, and Icon. In comic-based media, he wrote the All-Star animated films Superman and Justice League: Doom.
âI am very grateful for the generous donation from Access Guide and Any Comics,â McDuffie continues. âDwayne has had such a deep love for comics his entire life. But as has been said since his death, the comics haven’t always loved him back. It’s heartwarming to see that even now, then that he’s been gone for 10 years, the comic book and fandom industry remembers and respects the man, his job, his mission. May new fans and pros learn about him and what he was. only wish Dwayne was there to thank you himself. “
Almost $ 100,000 has been donated to the Dwayne McDuffie Fund so far, and you can find out more (and possibly donate) on the Dwayne McDuffie Fund’s GoFundMe page.
A collection of some of the late author’s work is being curated under the DC Universe name by Dwayne mcduffie.