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Dean Kirkland

BadAzz MoFo

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Pop Culture At Its Baddest

As anyone who knows me, or knows my work can tell you, I’m something of a pop culture nut. I love movies and comic books and television…okay, not so much television these days…but you get my point. I’m eagerly awaiting …

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Found these old sketches I did back in 1989. This is me trying to do caricatures. Bonus points if you can figure out who these are supposed to be.

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The first ever review of BadAzz MoFo, from back in August 1996. In those days, it was just a digest-sized zine.

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Every year, the week of March 6th is Will Eisner Week. The sixth of March is, of course, the birthday of Eisner, a storyteller best known for creating the ground-breaking comic strip The Spirit in 1940. Eisner is often credited …

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Here is an excerpt from my collection of essays, Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism, and Popular Culture. In this essay, “Double Consciousness, Roots, and Finding Our Place in History,” I attempted to explain the history of slavery …

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Best known for his role as the charismatic gang leader Cyrus in Walter Hill’s The Warriors, actor Roger Hill passed away this week at age 65. Most people didn’t know Hill by his given name, though some recognized him from …

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Thirty years ago I created the legendary Captain Afro, the first hip-hop superhero. Where does the time go?

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Here’s a look at a panel evolution from The Army of Dr. Moreau #2 now available from Monkeybrain Comics through Comixology. Written by David F. Walker (that’s me), art by Carl Sciacchitano, colored by Sara Machajewski. On sale for 99 …

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Three years ago today, we lost the beloved Dwayne McDuffie. In person, Dwayne towered well over six feet tall, which lent itself to a larger-than-life image that was really the opposite of how he carried himself. You could always spot …

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In the 1993 film Suture, actors Michael Harris (left) and Dennis Hasbert (right), play brothers Vincent and Clay. Throughout the film, everyone remarks how much Clay and Vincent look like each other. In fact, it is the similarity of their …

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Well, it seems plenty of people are upset about my last two posts regarding Micheal B. Jordan being cast as Human Torch in the reboot of Fantastic Four. Most of irrate folks are comic books fans, bemoaning the fact that …

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Wake up world, Black actor Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm (a.k.a. the Human Torch) in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. The hurricane of controversy, and all the requisite ridiculous and racist comments have …

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This post was originally written in July 2010. I’m five years old, in the first grade, and I can’t see a thing. Nothing. Just blackness. But I can hear my mom. She’s crying, almost hysterical, and trying to do her …

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It seems like every day I read something, somewhere, about the lack of diversity in comics (not to mention various other pop culture mediums). Sometimes these pieces focus on gender, other times on people of color, and sometimes both. At …

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Earlier this week, Run Run Shaw, co-founder of the legendary Shaw Brothers Studios, died at the age of 106. Shaw Brothers was responsible for some of the greatest kung fu movies of all time, and introduced the genre to American …

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I meant to write this last week, but I didn’t. Maybe I was too busy. Or maybe I forgot. Or maybe I just didn’t feel like dealing with the emotions. I could, I suppose, offer any number of reasons that … Continue reading →

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In the winter of 1995, I was facing dire circumstances. I had no regular job, aside from the occasional temp job here and there, occasionally working the front desk at a tattoo shop, and even more occasionally landing work as …

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“Mr. Walker, you’ve had a heart attack,” said the emergency room doctor. “There must be some kind of mistake,” I said to her, setting off an argument I’d be having for the next two days. As it turned out, I …

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I have a new book out, a collection of essays entitled Becoming Black: Personal Ramblings on Racial Identification, Racism, and Popular Culture. Here’s an excerpt from the essay “Evolutionary Being.” I take no pride in admitting that I have prejudices. …

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Anyone who says Santa Claus is not black is an idiot. Want proof? Check out Black Santa’s Revenge. Black Santa’s Revenge is a short film that I wrote, produced, and directed. It is based on a short comic story that … Continue

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White One Hundred: 100 Great Films Starring Only White People, #15 — Singin’ in the Rain—For the record, I’m not a big fan of musicals. In fact, you can probably count on one hand the number of musical that I … Continue reading U

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At some point in life, pretty much every kid has to write a book report—those dreaded essays that prove we read a book, in which we need to recap the plot, offer character descriptions and, worst of all, provide some … Continue reading →

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White One Hundred: 100 Great Films Starring Only White People, #2 – The Wizard of Oz. One of the most beloved family films of all time does not have a single person of color. All those Munchkins? Not a single … Continue reading →

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To be honest, I’m tired of the same old conversation about race and racism in popular culture—especially as it relates to film. Some people get where I’m coming from, but far too many don’t, and that’s where the heated debate …

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This is a total rip-off of a piece done by Mark Bode in Epic Illustrated. The character is Cobalt 60, created by his dad, Vaughn Bode (one of the greatest cartoonists of all time). I drew this back in 1985, … Continue reading →

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This is an old, unfinished piece I started more than 20 years ago. This is also one of the last things I ever did as a wannabe cartoonist. I had a grand vision for what this piece was going to … Continue reading →

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For the most part, I only include movie posters that have been painted or illustrated. Hard-Boiled is one of the few exceptions. This is one of my favorite posters of all time.

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One of my more political cartoons from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Can’t tell you how many people looked at this one and said, “I don’t get it.”

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Here’s an old cartoon I drew back in 1990.

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Another classic cartoon by me. What was I thinking giving up on this?

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