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The SDCC Files: In Memoriam – The Black Panel Pays Tribute To Dwayne McDuffie

By Arturo R. García

At one point during this year’s Black Panel, artist Denys Cowan said what maybe everybody in the room was thinking: “It’s strange being here without him.”

Though the trademark sardonic humor of host Michael Davis still emerged on occasion (“I guess this don’t happen at the White Panel,” he said when he experienced some tech difficulties) this time around, Davis led Cowan and the other panelists in sharing their memories of the late Dwayne McDuffie – not just as one of the men behind Milestone Media, or as a prolific comics and television writer, but as a friend, colleague, and more.

“Dwayne was my writing mentor, my best friend, he was the godfather to my kid,” said Matt Wayne, a frequent collaborator of McDuffie’s. “Milestone was the best time of my life.”
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