Keynote Speaker presentation with David Walker, April 22


Author, David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His writing career started in the 1990s with the self-published ‘zine, BadAzz MoFo. In 1997 he produced and directed Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted, a feature-length documentary on the history of blaxploitation films.

Walker is best known for his work in graphic novels and comics, which includes The Life of Frederick Douglass (Ten Speed Press), the Eisner Award-nominated series Bitter Root (Image Comics), and the critically acclaimed series Naomi (DC Comics). He has written for Marvel Comics (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Deadpool), DC Comics (Cyborg, Young Justice), Dynamite Entertainment (Shaft), and Dark Horse (Number 13). He also teaches part-time at Portland State University.


  • Kate Lasky, Oregon Library Association, President 2020-21
  • Hilary Fox, Gale/Cengage
  • David Walker, Author
  • Lacey Legel, Oregon Library Association, Multnomah County Library, OLA 2021 Conference Chair

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