INFINITUM and Matty in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

INFINITUM and Matty in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: Afrofuturism Has Always Looked Forward

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  The Road to INFINITUM continues as we close in on our release date of January 19, 2021INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale, published by HarperCollins Amistad, is my long sought graphic novel labor of love.  The proofs have been sent out, cover blurbs acquired, cover art finalized, and alas, the book files have been sent to the printer.

As the media ramps up we have been pleasantly surprised in Dieselfunk Studios by a very sweet article in Architectural Digest by wonderful author, Taylor Crumpton.  Check it out HERE.  Also, gotta admit, it’s cool being mentioned in the same light as Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, and Janelle Monáe. COOL INDEED

BACK TO IT!

 

METABARON Juan Giménez Tribute Book

METABARON Juan Giménez Tribute Book

The Metabaron’s Juan Giménez TRIBUTE BOOK!

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Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Many years ago Jean Giraud (aka Moebius), and Alejandro Jodorowsky collaborated on an aborted DUNE movie.  The story behind it ultimately produced the 2013 entertaining cautionary tale documentary,  ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune”.  But apparently the partnership would continue in the graphic novel series L’INCAL.  One of the ground breaking characters created in the series was the ultimate warrior, METABARON.  After the main L’INCAL story was told, Jodorowsky took it upon himself to continue the story of the Metabaron legacy.  The artist chosen for that series was the great Juan Giménez, who sadly passed away earlier this year.  Giménez’s art  and mechanical style had a huge influence on my work over the decade.

I became aware that a book would be produced honoring Giménez’s life and work.  Amazing artist, Miquel Montlló (of Starship Warship Jolly Roger fame) was gracious enough to put me in contact with comic historian, Emilio Gonzalo Mallo who was organizing the project.  I was amazingly given the green light to produce an image and of course, The Metabaron came to mind.

It was my honor to be a part of the project which will be announced at a future date.

BACK TO IT!

 

 

PRIMER 2020 TALK:  INFINITUM:  The Dynamic World and Character Building of an Afrofuturist Graphic Novel

PRIMER 2020 TALK: INFINITUM: The Dynamic World and Character Building of an Afrofuturist Graphic Novel

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Design Futures PRIMER2020! Talk

PRIMER 2020 TALK: INFINITUM: The Dynamic World and Character Building of an Afrofuturist Graphic Novel

 https://vimeo.com/432980318

This Talk is a very huge deal for Dieselfunk Studios.  The primary characteristic being that we go through the process of how we create Visual Afrofuturism.  There’s so much about SHOW in this business that one rarely gets the opportunity to go into the TELL part.  A big thanks goes out to The Design Futures Initiative and my partner in crime Jim Fielder, maestro behind BlackPi Studios.  Enjoy!

Matty at Brooklyn Book Festival: ESCAPE YOUR DESTINY

Matty at Brooklyn Book Festival: ESCAPE YOUR DESTINY

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!

The lab is in heavy workmode on INFINITUM.  But, sometimes we gotta make a journey out the door to talk about all things Matty’s Rocket.  I have the honor of participating in a wonderful panel discussion moderated by NY Times Children’s Book Editor, Maria Russo.  Fellow artists, Ibi Zobo, Jen Wang, and myself will be present at the Brooklyn Historical Society libary at 5:00 PM!  Tremendous THANKS to Calvin Reid and Liz Koch!

https://www.pw.org/literary_events/escape_your_destiny

SEE YOU THERE!:-)

Road To INFINITUM: BOOK EXPO Today!

Road To INFINITUM: BOOK EXPO Today!

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  It’s been a minute since I’ve posted.  FEAR NOT; the Lab has been in WORK MODE!  Today I’ll be publicly previewing my next graphic novel, INFINITUM at BOOK EXPO (BEX)  during a group panel moderated by the GREAT Calvin Reid, Senior Editor of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, titled:

Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018

BOOK EXPO: JACOB JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER

05/30/2018, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM, Location: 1E10

More information on the panel: What are the essential graphic novels for your store coming your way in 2018? Moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid, this panel introduces you to the upcoming comics you can’t miss — and the authors: Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket), Blue Delliquanti (Meal), David Small (Home After Dark), and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!). From science fiction to sports to memoir to food, with these graphic novels, there will be something for every reader.

BE THERE!!:-)

NITESHIFT Afrofuturism Special

NITESHIFT Afrofuturism Special

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  NITESHIFT. Mike Sargent is a longtime Afrofuturist and Media God.  I had the privilege to be interviewed by Mike for his radio/podcast program for the:
NITESHIFT AFROFUTURISM SPECIAL.  
This particular episodes features myself, Tim Fielder,  in addition to:

John Boyega (Star Wars/Pacific Rim) ,

Lena Waithe (Ready Player One/Master Of None),

Eric Dean Seaton (Legend of The Mantamaji)

Check it out HERE