TWITTER REPORT: Mourning Ronnie James Dio’s Death… And Far Less Important Things

Frank Frazetta’s death hit Twitter pretty hard last week, but when news broke that former Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio passed away last night, writers and artists alike were hit with a second round of shock. In fact, the last 12 hours of tweets in the comics Twitterverse has been totally dominated by personal experiences, appreciation and occasional expressions of indifference from those who never really clicked with Dio’s message of dragons, magic and metal.

Click on down past the jump and you’ll find out not only who loved Ronnie James Dio and who didn’t, but also where the Charles Manson/Ronnie James Dio/IDW connection lies, and who wants to play a round of Dungeons and Dragons in memory of Dio and Frazetta.

I’m @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for May 17, 2010.

Ronnie James Dio pt. 1: @mattfraction Dio ascends into the realm of elder wizards. Please lower your capes and scepters to half-mast for the next six-hundred and sixty-six nights
-Matt Fraction, Writer (“Invincible Iron Man,” “Casanova”)

Ronnie James Dio pt. 2: @Robwilliams71 Dio RIP. Holy Diver, you’ve been down too long in the midnight sea, oh what’s becoming of me. Those were wise words.
-Rob Williams, Writer (“Dark X-Men: The Beginning,” “Robocop”)

Ronnie James Dio pt. 3: @chris_ryall My first exposure to Dio-era Sabbath came from a Sabbath record my cop-dad, uh, ended up with from Charlie Manson’s house after the raid.
-Chris Ryall, Publisher (IDW)

Ronnie James Dio pt. 4: @jeffparker What the f, people- I go to Minnesota for one weekend and you let Dio die. NICE.
-Jeff Parker, Writer (“Agents of Atlas,” “Underground”)

Ronnie James Dio pt. 5: @marcbernardin Dio was not a part of my childhood, so his passing doesn’t particularly affect me. But if you said the Sugar Hill Gang got hit by a bus…
-Marc Bernardin, Writer (“The Authority,” “The Highwaymen”)

Ronnie James Dio pt. 6: @tonymoore first Frazetta and now Dio, i feel like i should be involved with some kinda memorial D&D campaign or something.
-Tony Moore, Artist (“Fear Agent,” “The Walking Dead”)

@Templesmith I kind of want a Brian Blessed Doctor Who. He just shouts at people at random from the Tardis & tells Davros he’s a right pussy.
-Ben Templesmith, Writer/Artist (“30 Days of Night,” “Welcome to Hoxford”)

@cameronMstewart I am the Paul Newman of comics
-Cameron Stewart, Writer/Artist (“Batman and Robin,” “Sin Titulo”)

Parting Wisdom for the Day:

@SteveNiles Really don’t like trashing movies/comics/books online. Everybody’s a critic these days. Who gives a shit what I think? That said I hate TV.
-Steve Niles, Writer (“30 Days of Night,” “Criminal Macabre”)

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