New York Comic Con 2017

I will be at the New York Comic Con this year, set up in Artist Alley at Table F13.

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Give the Gift of David F. Walker

Looking for the perfect gift for someone this holiday season? Maybe someone who loves comic books and graphic novels? Perhaps someone who loves blaxploitation? Perhaps someone who is easily offended, and you want to piss them off in some capacity? Well, let me suggest giving the gift of David F. Walker (that’s me). Okay, so I don’t mean literally give me as a gift, because…well…that’s like slavery, and I’m not down with shit like that. But please consider giving the gift of my work to your friends and family this holiday season. Here’s a list of what you can currently purchase (all from Amazon).

POWER MAN & IRON FIST: THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – If you loved the Luke Cage series on Netflix, check out this comic (Power Man and Luke Cage are the same person). Named one of the best comics of 2016.

SHAFT: A COMPLICATED MAN – The graphic novel debut of Ernest Tidyman’s classic detective, John Shaft. Written by me. Consistently named as one of the best comic series of 2015.

SHAFT’S REVENGE – The first new Shaft prose novel in over 40 years, and I wrote it. Lots of sex and violence, and Shaft being a badass.

SUPER JUSTICE FORCE – My debut Young Adult novel. That’s right…a novel. No pictures, just words. You will love it.

THE BADAZZ MOFO COLLECTION – It all started with my self-published ‘zine. The writing ain’t that good. But at the same time this is collection is awesome. Tons of my old writing. Lots of film reviews. And if you love blaxploitation, you gotta own this.

BECOMING BLACK – A collection of my essays on race, racism, and popular culture. Perfect for the “intellectual” on your shopping list.

NIGHTHAWK: HATE MAKES HATE – Technically, this one doesn’t come out until after the holidays, but get it anyway. It is the most hard-hitting, politically provocative Comics of 2016. Named one of the Ten Best Superhero Comics of the Year by The Washington Post.

THE ARMY OF DR. MOREAU – No one ever buys this book. It is sad and lonely, sitting in some warehouse, waiting to be read. I’m proud of my writing.

CYBORG: UNPLUGGED – Lots of cybernetic action, starring the popular hero from Teen Titans and Justice League.

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BadAzz MoFo 20th Anniversary Sale

BAMF Collection FRONT low resI’ve been slacking when it comes to updating the website, which, for those that have been following my work for anything length of time is not something new. But as someone pointed out to me the other day, 2016 is the 20th anniversary of BadAzz MoFo, and I haven’t done anything by way of a celebration. The sad thing is that I spent much of 2014 and 2015 planning for what I was going to do in 2016…and then my career in comics took off, and that, combined with procrastination super-powers, has left me in the uncomfortable position of not having done jack and/or shit to mark 20 years of the magic that is BadAzz MoFo. All of that said, I figured the least I can do is have a special anniversary sale on The BadAzz MoFo Collection. From now until December 31, 2016, this monstrous collection of my earlier work will be available at 25% off the cover price (that’s 20% to mark the anniversary, and an extra 5% because I don’t have anything new to offer). This offer is only available on books ordered directly from this LINK, using this discount code: PQ8ER73U.

Best of BAMF Back cover 2

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A Moment of Profound Clarity

nelson hancockGiven my interest in history, pop culture, racial ideology, and the crossroads where these subjects intersect, it is embarrassing that it took me this long to see something that was right in front of my face. For many years, I have loved the song “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” It was not until last night, however, while listening to one of the many versions of this song, that it occurred to me that while the song was not specifically written about him or for him, it is essentially about my great great grandfather, Nelson Hancock (picture above).

“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” is an old Negro spiritual, dating back to the 1800s. Many different versions have been performed and recorded, by so many artists, in so many musical styles, that some people don’t know the history of the song, or its real meaning. The song is about slavery, and how families were often divided when either the child or the mother was sold to another plantation. It is crucial to understand that the song is specifically about being separated from the mother, and not from the father. Quite often, the father of slave children was also their owner. Slavery in the United States had a series of laws in place, including one that proclaimed the status of the mother determined the status of the child. This meant that all children born of mothers who were slaves, were slaves themselves. It is important to note that the United States was the first slave-owning nation to adopt this law (in centuries past, in other nations, the status of the father determined the status of the child). It is also important to understand that this law led to the rape of millions of black women by their owners (white men), who used the law to maintain an inventory of slaves.

My great great grandfather Nelson was the son of a slave mother named Lelia Moore, and her owner, John Douglas Hancock. Nelson was born in 1855, and some time before he turned five, Lelia was sold to another plantation (she was between the ages of 18 and 20). Nelson never saw his mother again, nor did he know what ever happened to her. He grew up in slavery, a motherless child, until the Emancipation Proclamation, when he was about ten years old. This song is as much about him as it is all the others, born into slavery, separated from their mothers and families, living in a country where their humanity was denied, and their existence was as nothing more than property.

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Emerald City Comic Con 2016

ecccI will be in Seattle for the Emerald City Comic Con, April 7-10, 2016. You can find me in Artist Alley, at table K7, hanging with Sanford Greene. My scheduled times at the table will be:
Thursday, 12:00pm-3:00pm, 4:30pm-7:00pm
Friday, 10:00am-1:30pm, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm, 6:30pm-7:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am-3:30pm
You can also catch me at the several panels and signings.
3:15-4:15 – Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching Comics. Room T302
1:45-2:45 – Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way. Room T304
12:30-1:30 – Marvel: The Next Big Thing. Room T304
2:00-2:45 – Signing at the Dark Horse booth (for a Top Secret Project)
5:15-6:15 – The Future is Now: Better Comics Through Diversity. Room T305
3:45-4:45 – Running Your Career Like a Business. Room T301

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C2E2 – March 18-20

c2e2 scheduleI will be in Chicago for C2E2 this weekend. You can find me in Artist Alley at Table G12
Here is my schedule of panels and signings:
Friday March 18th
PANEL: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way – 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Saturday March 19th
Signing at the Marvel Booth – 2:00PM – 2:45PM
PANEL: Comics, American Culture & the Black Male Image – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 20th
Signing at the Marvel Booth – 12:00PM – 12:45PM
PANEL: All–New All–Different Marvel – 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

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Lessons in Black History – Ousamane Sembène

SembèneOusamane Sembène – Born in Senegal in 1923, Ousamane Sembene grew up in a blue collar environment, working a variety of manual labor jobs. In 1947 he made his way to France, became involved in the labor union movement, joined the Communist Party, and was introduced to the works of writer like Claude McKay. Inspired by his experiences, Sembène wrote his first novel in 1956. Le Docker Noir (The Black Docker) was the first of nine books written by Sembène, who would go on to be regarded as on the greatest authors from Africa. His books often dealt with issues regarding colonialism, racism and the plight of the working man, but were seldom translated in other languages. Sembène understood that his books would have trouble reaching the immigrant, working class and disenfranchised audience of which he wrote, prompting him to explore film. In 1963, at the age of 40, Sembène made his first film, the short Barrom Sarret. He would make nine more films over the course of the next forty years, and go on to become considered the “Father of African Cinema.” His 1987 film Camp de Thiaroye, a brilliant look at colonialism based on a tragedy involving African soldiers during World War II, remains one of the best, most powerful films I’ve ever seen. Ousamane Sembène passed away in 2007 at the age of 84, but not before leaving behind a rich legacy of literature and film.

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Lessons in Black History – KEN GAMPU

ken gampuKen Gampu—Born in South Africa in 1929, actor Ken Gampu rose to prominence during the height of apartheid, and helped pave the way not only for black actors in South Africa, but the entire content as well. Gampu is probably best remembered by American audiences for his role as the president in The Gods Must Be Crazy or the tribal leader in The Naked Prey. He never got much of a chance to play lead roles, but frequently turned up as the bad guy in a lot of African-lensed films, and he was one of the only black actors to get any kind of fame during the oppressive apartheid era of South Africa, when segregation was still legal. Despite the critical praise he received for both his stage work in plays like No Good Friday or films like Dingaka, which brought him international recognition, Gampu was still a victim of the racist government of his homeland. At the same time, he was an inspiration who served as a symbol of hope that blacks in South Africa could break free of the oppressive system that held them down. In 1975 Gampu made history when he was granted special permission by the government to share the stage with white actors in the play Of Mice and Men. “For the first time the black man was on an equal footing with the white man, and you know, the heavens didn’t fall,” said Gampu during an interview, looking back on something that meant everything and nothing at the same time.

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Lessons in Black History – JOSEPH NAZEL

black fury smallJoseph Nazel—Most people have never heard of writer Joseph Nazel, but those who have can’t help but impressed with his pedigree. Born in 1944, Nazel was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War who went on to become a prolific writer and chronicler of the black experience in America. He worked as an editor for a variety of black publications, including the Watts Times and Players magazine. But Nazel is best remembered for his books, of which there were at least sixty. Writing under his own name as well as pseudonyms, Nazel wrote in every genre. Most of his books were published by Holloway House, the company best known for cranking out urban street literature from legendary writers like Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines. Nazel wrote a series of biographies profiling pretty much every black celebrity, politician and athlete you can think of. We also wrote a ton of hard-boiled crime fiction, including his Iceman series, novelizations of movies like Black Gestapo and Foxtrap, and even a book called The Black Exorcist. Nazel is said to have been capable of writing an entire novel in six weeks. Despite his prolific body of work, Nazel’s books are difficult to find, and there is very little information to be found about him. He passed away in 2006.

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Lessons in Black History – YORK

yorkYORK – The Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the western territories of the United States is a part of history most children learn in school, including the participation of Sacajawea. But most kids never learn about York, a slave owned by William Clark, who was a valuable member of the expedition—and even saved his master’s life at one point. During the two-year adventure, York was afforded the same rights and freedoms as the other members of the party, and his contributions are recorded in the expedition journals. Some historical accounts claim that Clark promised to set his slave free at the end of their journey. Clark never made good on his promise, and after the expedition York was once again treated as property, and a second class citizen. He was kept from his wife, a slave owned by another man. After enjoying freedom during the expedition, York did not take well to being a slave again, and Clark resorted to beating his slave for being “insolent and sulky.” There is no official record of York’s ultimate fate. Some believe he escaped to freedom, others believe Clark finally set him free, and others believe he died a slave.

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