Weird Luck Co-Author
Nick Walker was expelled from the public school system at the age of 12, diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and sent to a school for troubled youth. Immediately upon his return to public school at 15, he met Andrew Reichart in their high school art room, and within a few weeks of that fateful meeting the two had begun their collaboration on creating the stories, characters, and settings that eventually grew into the Weird Luck saga.
Nick is one of the founding editors of the worker-owned independent publishing house Autonomous Press. He holds a 6th degree black belt in aikido, and is founder and senior instructor of the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley, California.
In his academic career, Nick is a faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies and Sofia University, and is widely recognized as a leading thinker in the emerging field of neurodiversity. He is also a nonfiction author and a sought-after speaker and consultant on the topics of cognitive liberty, creativity, neurodiversity, and transformative learning. Although he trained to be a psychotherapist and claims to have been good at it, he ultimately decided he could do more damage by remaining in academia and influencing the minds of the next generation of therapists.
Books in which Nick’s writings appear include The Spoon Knife Anthology and Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber. His essays on neurodiversity, autism, and cognitive liberty can be found on his blog, Neurocosmopolitanism. He has been featured in the documentary films Orphans of Delirium, Dreambody/Earthbody, and Spectrum: A Story of the Mind, and appears in minor roles in director Antero Alli’s indie cult films The Greater Circulation, The Mind Is a Liar and a Whore, The Invisible Forest, and To Dream of Falling Upward.
Nick lives in Berkeley with his awesomely badass wife and fellow aikido teacher Azzia Walker, and his daughter, River. He’s also the one who writes the short blog posts that appear underneath each page of the Weird Luck webcomic.