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Thank God For Dwayne McDuffie by TheSylverLining Thank God For Dwayne McDuffie by TheSylverLining
February 20, 1962 February 21, 2011

Rest in the highest peace.

Sometimes I am just grateful that human beings existed. And my grief for their passing is outweighed by the overwhelming happiness and love for them and the beauty they created in their time here.

Thank you for giving us these characters - my childhood would have been a much bleaker, sadder, more frightening place without Virgil and Richie, Static and Gear. Thank you for realizing that a character's - a person's - merit, personality, history and future is not determined by their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, identity, or gender. Thank you for seeing the person.

My only regret is that I wasn't able to tell you this in person. I didn't want to shake your hand, I wanted to wrap you in a bear hug and give you a kiss on the cheek, and tell you that you made my world a better place, like I know you did for many other young geeks, and everyone who felt like they were alone, on the outside looking in.

Gravity. Don't mean that much to me. <3

"Static Shock" = (c) Dwayne McDuffie
Lyrics = "Bulletproof Heart," My Chemical Romance

Lovely Stock References:



Yes, I had WAY too much fun giving Virgil a crapton of long, lovely locs. :lol: Shaddup.
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:iconkikigraysonwest:
kikigraysonwest Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
*tears rolled down my face*This is so beautiful.
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NixKat Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely
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sabishiita Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very lovely piece. I know those feelings. I just recently found out about Dwayne's passing since I have re-submerged myself into this fandom. It is truly a shame. But it is wonderful to see such pieces around.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you. Yeah, it still makes me sad, but the love remains. <3 I'm so glad you like this.
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sabishiita Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Of course. ^^ Same here. I completely agree.
Haha, how could I not?
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:iconthe-freak-in-the-pan:
I'll never forget watching Static Shock for the first time
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Me neither. <3 Huge part of my childhood. And I still love it.
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:iconthe-freak-in-the-pan:
Same here. <3
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:iconomniskriba:
omniskriba Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh my... I hadn't known.
This is a lovely, fitting tribute.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. <3
Yeah. It kind of hit me like a ton of bricks when I first heard.
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RaphieD Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
I keep coming back to this piece...it's moving. Freeing and beautiful.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sweetie. <3
It was cathartic to do.

:C It still makes me very sad, though. Treasured childhood should not die from heart surgery complications at 49.
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Flower-North Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Lovely, and a fitting goodbye for the man. *speechless beyond that*
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw. ;_; Thank you so much. I'm so glad that you like this, and think it's fitting.

I still think about him a lot.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome. I like the cityscape silhouettes, the lighting, and poses.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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koeltje Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
This actually really is incredible--you showed the characters so well and this is just a beautiful peace. I love Static Shock.

I hope Dwayne McDuffie is resting in peace.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw. ;-; Thank you so much, sweetie. I really appreciate it. <3
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Lathrine Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Sylver?

You said everything in that description I possibly could have, stole my unthought thoughts and put them into words. And made me tear up, just a bit.

Thank you. :heart:

And of course, this is a gorgeous tribute to McDuffie and his characters. I love your lines and colors and how everything flows and and the soft lighting and and and. :heart: My opinion is totally biased because I love your work, but even so.

Man, I'm gonna miss him. :c
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aww. ;_; Thank you, sweetie. I really, truly appreciate this, so much. It means a lot. Because he meant a lot. Hell, means a lot. <3 And so does everybody he created.

Don't worry, man. I cried too. (I hid in the shower and bawled, actually. :lol: I didn't... feel like explaining.)
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
YESSSSSS... FANTASTIC!
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:lol: Hooray!
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toxic-zombie33 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
This is a beautiful piece of artwork, more so because of the sentiment behind it. I should go look up Static Shock episodes on youtube or something. I miss it now.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, honey. <3 If you feel like having your heart torn out and then put back together again with Pure Awesome, I suggest "Jimmy," "Sons of the Father," and "Frozen Out." They're amazings.
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WeluDixon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   General Artist
Wonderful tribute to an amazing show and amazing man. :hug:
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, sweetie. <3
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epicheather Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
8C This makes me uber sad that the creator of Static Shock died.... It was a pretty fun show...
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I know. ;_; I loved it so much growing up and... clearly still have a really soft spot for the characters.
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Though I had no experience in watching this programme, I love how strongly you feel for these stories and characters, and this is just such a gorgeous tribute full of effort and obvious love :heart:

Absolutely adore the colours, the yin and yang type composition and the elemental energy flowing from both of them :3
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OH, and I'm glad ye like the yin-yang thing, though it wasn't even that intentional, or planned. I was just "YELLOW LIGHTENING, CONTRAST WITH DARK BLUE BACKGROUND. Bottom part is blue too? NO, THAT IS BORING. RED AND ORANGE WHEEEE!" :la:

Artistic significance? WHAT THAT, KEMOSABE?!
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, sweetie. :< I'll have to send ye some stuff. It's got canon-gay. I swear. It's a kids' animated superhero show with a canon-gay main character. This alone makes it AWESOME, but the rest of it is JUST AS AWESOME. :la:

I'm glad ye can feel the love here. It exists, greatly. A crapton of feeling went into this, even if I'm not entirely happy with the results. I mostly am, but there are parts that bother me. Still, THE LOVE IS THERE. xD
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SyphonLetter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Fantastic work friend :clap:
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. <3
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vicas-fawx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
McDuffie ascended this mortal coil? Cue heartbreak! Still, gorgeous memorial piece (as if it wouldn't be, since it's you.) You definitely capture Them so well. :heart:
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously. :( I cried for a while.

Thank you so much. <3 I am so happy that you like this. It's important, I know ye know.
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ChangeNotCoins Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. The poses, the colors, everything. I only watched Static Shock a little, but it left a good impression :)
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Rly? <3 Thank you so much. I am really so happy you like this, seriously. <3 A lot of loves went into it.
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TheSunAndTheRainfall Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Holy shit. D: This is so rad. Ack.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:iconrlyplz: Rly? Thank you. <3
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
The guy who made Static Shock died?

I watched this show as a kid too. I liked it a lot.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, sadly. :(

Awesome. <3
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grimseeker123 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
i love this!!!!!!!
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :3
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Dr-Paine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I only watched a little bit of the Static Shock show, but what I saw was pretty good. I'm happy that it had such an impact on your life, and wish for the creator to, as you say, rest in the highest peace, and that more tributes as wonderful as this one will come about.

:rose:
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I loved it. And the graphic novels were gorgeous.

Thanks, sweetie. <3
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Bumsy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Woah, the guy who made Static Shock died? I was fond of that show. May he rest in peace. :(
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yep. :C Indeed.
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Kuroseki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Rest in peace bro, I love so much Static Shock.
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:iconthesylverlining:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. It is magic. <3
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Kuroseki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The series bring me so much happiness.
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