Courtesy of a Washington Post exclusive, Milestone Media is being revived, the 1990s publishing company is being revived, almost 4 years after the sudden death of its founder (February 21, 2011) Dwayne Glenn McDuffie.
Behind the revival are Reggie Hudlin, and artists Denys Cowan and Derek Dingle (also co-founders of Milestone), who, as the WP report states, begun discussing relaunching Milestone almost immediately after McDuffie’s death, to carry on McDuffie’s career-long efforts to diversify comics both on the page, and behind the scenes.
Originally founded back in 1992, Milestone began publishing comics in 1993 as an imprint of DC Comics. Although DC later integrated some of Milestone’s characters into DC’s superhero line (including Static), Milestone retained ownership of all its characters and had merely licensed usage of the characters and the content they produced in the 1990s.
Hudlin says the trio have been “sorting out all the business” over the last couple of years, with regards to reviving the company, and plan to reboot past Milestone characters, as well as introduce new ones, and bring in a new group of diverse creators too, to continue McDuffie’s mission of having a cast of characters that represent all races, genders, sexualities, and perspectives.
“There are all kinds of challenges that are facing people of color…that part hasn’t changed,” Hudlin told the WP. “What has changed is, there are a lot more characters of color in comics. What we feel is now, Milestone is necessary because of the types of characters that we do, and the viewpoint that we come from. We’ve never just done black characters just to do black characters. It’s always come from a specific point of view, which is what made our books work. What we also didn’t do, which is the trend now, is have characters that are, not blackface, but they’re the black versions of the already established white characters, as if it gives legitimacy to these black characters in some kind of way, [that] these characters are legitimate because now there’s a black Captain America. Having been a creator of these characters and a consumer, I always looked at it like, ‘Well, geez, couldn’t you give me an original character?’ Black Panther worked because he was original. Static Shock worked because it was an original concept. It’s a good time to come back and reintroduce original characters, as well as some new ones.”
So, say hello to “Milestone 2.0.”
Read the full WP report here.