Matty Matters

Matty Matters

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!   Decades ago I embarked on the mission to produce a character that would embody the spirit of adventure, fun, and drama.  Well actually, I’ve always tried to do that with every character I do.  I grew up looking at Superman, Batman, Buck Rogers, Star Wars.  As a child of the 60s-70s I had my heroes that allowed me to wonder.  But I oftentimes wondered what those of my parents generation and earlier had as lighthouses of valor?  Did they have a Flash Gordon or a Rocketman?  Sadly, the answer was NO.  Representation of people of color was systemically depicted in the most stereotypical fashion; if at all.  When it came to genre’s such as Science Fiction and Action Adventure, there was literally no representation at all; with only obscure exceptions.  Black and Brown boys and girls, let alone men and women, could not see themselves in outer space.  Upon the arrival of the 1960-70s things would begin to slowly change.  There was Lt. Uhura and Lando Calrissian.  But they often seemed alone…literally the only black people in space.  In the remote chance they were present, they would die at the hands of the alien or monster…just before the credits rolled or our comic came to an end.  More regressive was the depiction of female characters in an over-sexualized state.  This is and still remains rampant in comics.  In a crazed yet equal way, the mysogyny of female characters are not bound by color or ethnicity.  Nothing more sobering and insidious than seeing our earth mother heroine wearing a thong.  There would be no escape for us.

But…Perhaps it didn’t have to be that way?

Matty’s Rocket is designed to go beyond such limitations while acknowledging our past history.  No doubt this story is designed specifically for women of color but the universality of the themes aspire to connect with everyone.

BIG NEWS coming up shortly.  Stand by!

THE RED PILL!  DIESELFUNK JOURNAL 3

THE RED PILL! DIESELFUNK JOURNAL 3

Age doesn’t matter, gender doesn’t matter, youth doesn’t matter, exclusivity doesn’t matter, even beauty doesn’t matter.  That ethereal element known as technology has liberated the masses.  Know THIS:  As stated in a recent interview by my twin bro, “We are all PLAYING WITH HOUSE MONEY NOW.” 

After many months of painstaking and patient work, Dieselfunk Studios has now acquired the components of OUR PRINT-ON-DEMAND setup to manufacture OUR books.  While many challenges remain, we will endeavor to MAKE OUR Art books, hardbound books, floppies, slipcovers, comics, graphic novels, novels children’s, even apps.  You name it, WE will do it.  I want to issue my most humble and sincere thanks to my Wife and playwright magnifique Melanie Maria Goodreaux, my partner in All Things Dieselfunkshow and Dieselfunk, Jim Fielder, my mentor and watchtower, Boston Fielder, my brother Arthur Jafa, and Thank God, my Parents who are still here to see it, Arthur and Rowena Fielder.  Couldn’t have made the marathon without my Brothers from other mothers Marc Florestant and David Littlefield and Sister Dee Barnes.  Gotta also mention my boys Jacob and Max neice/nephews Cole and Zora.  Enormous thanks go to my Friends , Supporters and Inspirators, Motherboxx brethren John Jennings, Stacey Robinson, Prison City Partner David F Walker. Afrofuture Maestros Toniesha L Taylor,  Reynaldo Anderson, Kintra Jallow TTDS dudes Alexander Simmons, Chris Ryan, Tarra K Rhymes,  Greg Anderson Ellysee,  Kadija George, Comixcast Maven Joyce Brabner and of course the Originator Baba Dawud Anyabwile.  Thank you ALL.  

This last part I have to keep separate from the main post.  MOST DIRECTLY, this initiative would not have happened without the tremendous advice frankly gracious support of my friends and POWER COUPLE Jason and Kemi Reeves of the Illustrious www.133art.com   Much LOVE and RESPECT to you Both.

Lord Help Me.  I’ve taken the RED PILL?!!!:-)

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AJALA Birthday Surprise!

AJALA Birthday Surprise!

AJALA Birthday Surprise!  Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Work continues in the studio towards completion on multiple fronts.  The only course of action, take a little at a time.  As I burn fuel on one tank (say with David Walker’s collab), I then jump to Matty 3, then on to Sam Delany’s PUSHERS.  Again to Ruby Redreaux, then maybe some BOX of BONES. Decided to finish off the promised poster for N Steven Harris and Robert Garrett’s AJALA.  

Back to IT!

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Blackjack Glyph Nomination!

Blackjack Glyph Nomination!

Blackjack GLYPH NOM!  Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  I’m proud to announce that Blackjack, aka Arron Day, has been nominated for a prestigious GLYPH AWARD in the category of Best Male Character.  Held every year just before the famous EAST COAST AGE OF BLACK COMICS,  we are honored to be held in amazing company.  Congrats to all of the Nominees.

I will state publicly for the record, Blackjack, created by Alex Simmons, is a character that has a powerful legacy.  I was grateful when Alex allowed me to add my visual take on Blackjack and it has made all of the difference.  As a result, I am very very proud of our work on the graphic novel, Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter.  Brothers already have enough challenges through their real lives.  We owe it to ourselves to create multi-dimensional characters that can be both thoughtful and heroic if need be.  A special thanks and CONGRATS to ALEXANDER SIMMONS  for creating such a lasting character. I’m already at work on the next Blackjack graphic novel my friend.

Believe that.

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Rosarium Indiegogo Rising

Rosarium Indiegogo Rising

ROSARIUM INDIEGOGO RISING.  Greetings Dieselfunkateers!   Just wanted to spend a moment to mention one of the publishers out there doing great work, ROSARIUM PUBLISHING.  Founded and run by Bill Campbell, this outfit has proven to be an important innovator and outlet for comic/written creators of color. Luminaries such as Micheline Hess, Keef Cross, Black Kirby, and Keith Miller are part of that crew.  Now they are taking it to the Next Level.  Heck, even Matty’s Rocket came into existence as a comic partly due to this unit.  ROSARIUM is moving forward with a very cool Indiegogo Campaign.

Pass the BASKET!:-)

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