Dwayne McDuffie was one of the most prolific black writers in comics. He passed away in February 2011.
(via David Brothers)
See also: Outrage Deferred: On The Lack Of Black Writers In The Comic Book Industry
I feel a bit complicit in this myself. I read McDuffie’s Deathlok and some of the Milestone books as a kid, but haven’t followed his work since. It’s a reminder that if we want to see more diversity in the industry, we have to do more to support the voices we already have.
Like I said, I haven’t followed his work in ages, but last year after his death I discovered McDuffie’s collection of sample pitches, plots and scripts. What an amazing resource to have left behind for future generations of writers.