Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
Born and raised in Detroit, Dwayne McDuffie graduated from the Roeper School (1980) before earning a B.A. in English (1983) and M.S. in physics (1985) from the University of Michigan. After studying film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he established himself in the comics industry as a writer who sought to culturally diversify the pantheon of superheroes. He was best known for creating the Dakotaverse and the iconic African American Superhero Static with the company he co-founded, Milestone Media. In addition, he served as head writer on the popular DC Animated Universe shows, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Among his honors, he received the Humanitas Prize (2003) for an episode of Static Shock about gun violence. In 2011, he was posthumously named as a co-recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ (AWC) 14th Annual Animation Writing Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the craft of animation writing.