Posts by David F. Walker

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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WRITING COMICS: How I Ended Up Writing SHAFT

There’s a new SHAFT movie coming out, and it is no big surprise that a lot of people are asking me about it. No, I haven’t seen it. No, I have no interest in seeing it (it’s a comedy, and SHAFT is not supposed to be a comedy). A lot of people have also been…

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In stores now – BITTER ROOT, Volume 1

BITTER ROOT, Volume 1 — co-written and co-created by yours truly with Chuck Brown (co-writer) and Sanford Greene (artist) is now in stores. Available at Comic Stores and Book Stores EVERYWHERE. Available digitally on Comixology. Available on Amazon.

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THE LANDLORD – blu-ray review

THE LANDLORD 1970 director: Hal Ashby; starring: Beau Bridges, Diana Sands, Lou Gossett, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Marki Bey, Lee Grant Before the blaxploitation revolution kicked off with an explosion in 1971, there were films in the late 1960s and 1970 that helped to lay the groundwork for what was about to come. While many of…

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BITTER ROOT Red Summer Special — in stores July 10, 2019

BITTER ROOT Red Summer Special arrives in stores on July 10, 2019. Co-written by myself and Chuck Brown, this 48-page special features art by our artist/co-creator Sanford Greene, as well as an incredible line-up of guests artists. This collection of short stories expands the world of BITTER ROOT, while building up the characters, and bridging…

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Lesson in Black History – Lincoln Perry and Willie Best

Lincoln Perry and Willie Best—Born in Florida in 1902, Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry would go on to become arguably the most controversial black actor in the history of motion pictures. Best know by his stage name Stepin Fetchit (above), Perry became the embodiment of the negative stereotypes that portray black men as lazy, illiterate…

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Lessons in Black History – MATTHEW HENSON

MATTHEW HENSON – Robert Peary is most often credited as the first man set foot at the North Pole, but technically and historically that distinction goes to Matthew Henson, a fellow explorer and associate of Peary. Both men had worked together, including several expeditions to the Arctic. Henson had spent a significant time living with…

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