Feb 4 2015
Two days ago we spoke with David Walker for #BlackComicsMonth. We discussed the status of diversity in comics culture, his excellent recent work on Shaft for Dynamite, and some of the challenges faced by black creators entering the biz.
Let’s wrap up with the conclusion of the David Walker interview, below! (Part 1 can be found here).
Vixen Varsity: Speaking of revivals, just curious, what did you think of Darwyn Cooke’s The Spirit series? I’m aware that you were a big Will Eisner fan, and had the honorable opportunity to interview him, several years before his passing.
David Walker: I hate to say this, but I have yet to check out that particular work. I love Cooke’s adaptations of the Parker novels. Those are hands down some of the best graphic novels to come along in many years. Those are absolutely brilliant—which makes me concerned that the sales are low, because brilliance is sometimes denied in favor of banal mediocrity.
VV: Do you see any marked difference between “black comic conventions” and other cons? Are you scheduled to attend any interesting conventions this year?
DW: To date, I have only been to the shows in Harlem and San Francisco, and for me, both have been the best, most successful shows I’ve ever attended. And to be clear, I’m saying that these are the BEST shows I’ve attended, not the best black shows. I’m still figuring out my schedule for this year. I know for sure I’ll be at Emerald City in Seattle, Wondercon in Anaheim, and Collective Con in Florida. I hope to be at ECBACC in Philly. Other than that, it all depends on money and time.
VV: Any other potential comics on the horizon for you, following Shaft?
DW: There are several potentially big projects, which I can’t talk about. Sorry. I have a graphic novel coming out from IDW called The Army of Dr. Moreau (out in March), which is a project very near and dear to my heart. I’m also developing something with Robert Love, my collaborative partner on Number 13 from Dark Horse.
VV: Have you been following any recent comic creators or works that you’d recommend? Hip-hop artists?
DW: Honestly, I’ve been living in a hole for the past year or two, just trying to survive and get work done. There are a few comics that have won me over, like Concrete Park, or Kid Code, or Matty’s Rocket, but most of my time is spent creating, rather than consuming. I read a YA book last year that blew my mind—More Than This by Patrick Ness. He wrote The Chaos Walking series, which I loved.
VV: Any words or thoughts about the recent Milestone announcement? Were you a fan of Milestone back in the day, and did you follow any particular books?
DW: Milestone came along at a time when I had walked away from comics. I knew that the books existed, but I didn’t start reading them until after the fact. I loved some of the titles—especially Static and Icon. I’m excited to see what Milestone 2.0 has in store. I know Denys [Cowan] and Reggie [Hudlin], and I’ve let them know that I’m down to help in any way I can—whether it is as a fan, or as a creator. I want to see this endeavor succeed, and I hope it creates new opportunities for creators, but most of all I hope it provides fans with quality material that sparks their imagination, and helps give them visibility.
VV: Pitch your perfect Milestone character (if you have done this already, can you tell us your idea?)
DW: I don’t have a perfect character specifically, though I would love to do something all ages. Comics have ventured too far into the realm of adult books, and have forsaken younger readers. This is especially true of younger people of color and girls. I want to create a comic that my friend’s ten-year-old daughter can read.
VV: Back in your epic BadAzz Mofo magazine you would announce the Nigga Charley Film Awards. Is there any possibility of reviving these awards? Anything in 2014 he might recommend or revile?
DW: That will only happen if he gets out of jail.
VV: Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, and helping us champion Black Comics Month! Where can people find you online and stay up to date on all things David Walker?