Posts by David F. Walker

WRITING COMICS: Letting Go of the Words

Writers…oh, how we love our words. The problem is that in comics it isn’t just about the words, it is also about the pictures. As a writer, sometimes I forget that the words aren’t as important as they seemed when I wrote them. When I got the gig writing PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS, it…

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WRITING COMICS: The Return of DISCOMBOBULATED

For the last few years I have been teaching ‘Writing for Comics’ at Portland State University (often co-teaching with my dear friend, Brian Michael Bendis). For the class mid-term the students are required to create their own web comic. After years of telling students to make a web comic, I decided to create my own,…

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WRITING COMICS: NIGHTHAWK, Part 2: Finding the Villain

As I mentioned in my previous post, NIGHTHAWK was my first regular series at Marvel, even though it came out second. I started developing NIGHTHAWK back in May of 2015, but the first issue would not come out until May 25, 2016 – more than a year later. In that time, the series underwent considerable…

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WRITING COMICS: NIGHTHAWK, Part 1

NIGHTHAWK was my first series for Marvel, even though it did not come out first. As I was developing NIGHTHAWK, I also got the job writing POWER MAN & IRON FIST, which was given top priority. As a result, NIGHTHAWK went on the back-burner for a while, and came out after POWER MAN & IRON…

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WRITING COMICS: My First Work for Marvel

My first gig for Marvel was a short story for Secret Wars: Battleworld #2. Short stories like this are one of the ways Marvel tests out new writers. I was asked to pitch several ideas, and the one they picked was Blade the Vampire Slayer vs. Howard the Duck. This was actually an idea for…

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San Diego Comic Con 2019

It’s that time of year again…San Diego Comic Con is this weekend. I hope to see some of you there. Here’s my schedule… THURSDAY, July 18th 11am – noon – Reading and Raising Our Voices: From Comics to Community Organizing. San Diego Central Library 3pm – 4pm – Giving Voice to Independent Creators. Room 28DE…

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History of Black Cinema – SHAFT vs. SWEETBACK

For many years there has been a myth surrounding the origins of the classic blaxploitation film Shaft. A long-running story has laid claim to the fact that Shaft had been in development at MGM with a white actor in the lead role, and that Richard Roundtree wasn’t cast until after the success of Sweet Sweetback’s…

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