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Remembering Dwayne McDuffie, Part 2

Three years ago today, we lost the beloved Dwayne McDuffie. In person, Dwayne towered well over six feet tall, which lent itself to a larger-than-life image that was really the opposite of how he carried himself. You could always spot … Continue reading

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Remembering Dwayne McDuffie

Things were different when I was a kid growing up. For the most part, you didn’t know what comic book creators looked like. Sure, everyone knew what Stan Lee looked like, but that was about it. The few comic creators … Continue reading

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Cartoon Fun Time 14

Take insomnia, mix in equal doses of depression and anxiety, and this is what you get at three in the morning.

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Cartoon Fun Time 13

I started seriously drawing back in 1978 or 79. Most of the stuff from back then has not survived over the years, but there is a handful that remain. Here are two cartoons I drew featuring Marvin the Martian, drawn … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Failed Comic Book Artist, Part 6 (a.k.a. Split Personality)

About a month ago I was going through a box of junk that had been sitting in the bottom of a closet, when I made an amazing discovery. In the box was a file folder full of stories and art … Continue reading

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Dealing With Depression (or You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat)

I woke up this morning feeling a twinge of disappointment that I didn’t die in my sleep. It’s not so much that I really want to be dead, so much as I just want to stop being alive, and that’s … Continue reading

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How I Almost Lost My Eye and Went Blind (or, Learning to See)

This post was originally written in July 2010. I’m five years old, in the first grade, and I can’t see a thing. Nothing. Just blackness. But I can hear my mom. She’s crying, almost hysterical, and trying to do her … Continue reading

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The Lack of Diversity in Comics: What’re You Doing About It?

It seems like every day I read something, somewhere, about the lack of diversity in comics (not to mention various other pop culture mediums). Sometimes these pieces focus on gender, other times on people of color, and sometimes both. At … Continue reading

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Run Run Shaw and the Impact of Kung Fu Movies on Black America

Earlier this week, Run Run Shaw, co-founder of the legendary Shaw Brothers Studios, died at the age of 106. Shaw Brothers was responsible for some of the greatest kung fu movies of all time, and introduced the genre to American … Continue reading

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Thinking of a Friend

I meant to write this last week, but I didn’t. Maybe I was too busy. Or maybe I forgot. Or maybe I just didn’t feel like dealing with the emotions. I could, I suppose, offer any number of reasons that … Continue reading

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