ok, i knew there was gonna be a thread on this. Ive kinda been collecting my thoughts all day, unlike most of you, i have a direct connection to dwayne. He was kinda a mentor for me in high school as a kid. I discovered static right before the cartoon came out in 1999 i was prob 12/13 then. I found out about the whole milestone universe but i was attracted to static the most.
I tracked down dwayne and got to talk to him online on aim. He gave me alot of advice as a kid, on the industry. I lived in a magic world as a kid thinking good happen to good people…i knew there was a racial divide in the world. But for some reason comics was this special place where i thought as long as you had good art you would get your chance…to me art wasnt about what color the artist was. But he explained to me the real world, he truly showed me the light. He explained to me you really have to kick ass if your colored and kick the door down to get in. We didnt just talk about the evils of the industry, i asked him about the differences of the show and comic…why statics mom wasnt included.
I kinda wanna cry, there have been only three people who have had guided me in comics. Dwyane, Mike wieringo(never met or talked but is still an influence) and esteban valdez a local comic artist and animator whos work you saw and never knew. Im gonna miss dwayne…i dunno why i stopped talking to him. I kinda wish i never did, rest in piece. Thank you for showing a generation of kids a strong heroic black lantern. i hope more kids tried to track him and his world down like i did.