David F. Walker visited the We Talk Comics Podcast for nearly 2 1/2 hours the other night. Part Two features discussion on the history and current place of African Americans and other minorities in comic books and other media. Plus David shares his experiences working as a PA on the set of the Albert Pyun movie Brainsmasher… A Love Story and plenty of talk about Blaxploitation Films.
Walker has worked on projects with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Aaron McGruder (creator of The Boondocks), and director/producer Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Django Unchained).
Recognized as a leading scholar expert of African-American cinema who has been interviewed by such news outlets as The Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and BBC, Walker produced one of the definitive documentaries on the topic of Blaxploitation films, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 70s, and he is co-author of the book Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak. Walker’s most recent book, Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism and Popular Culture, was released in winter 2013.
In addition to Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted, Walker has also directed and produced five other films, including the award-winning short film Black Santa’s Revenge. He has been featured on A&E, VH1, AMC, and E!, and he worked to develop a documentary with HBO. His body of work was showcased and honored at the 2012 Oakland Underground Film Festival.
As a writer, for over six years Walker served as screen editor and lead film critic for Willamette Week. He was the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists Award for excellence in writing. He has written cultural analysis and commentary for MSN, DVD Talk, Giant Robot Magazine, Savvy, Cinephiled, and Rap Pages.
Walker’s writing and accolades extend into the realm of creative writing. Nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for his work as the English language writer on the critically acclaimed manga series Tokyo Tribes, he is the author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan, and co-writer of the Dark Horse Comics series Number 13. He has recently published a new comic series The Army of Dr. Moreau through Monkeybrain Comics.