Greetings Dieselfunkateers! The Dieselfunk Train keeps on a-chuggin along ladies and gentlemen. Media work is in FULL SWING as we approach The 2018 Schomburg Black Comic Book Day.
TOMORROW MORNING January 9th 6-8 AM The Dieselfunk Crew will be interviewed on:
Pacifica Radio is known for doing cutting edge content showcasing the progressive ideals inherent in intellectual and progressive thought. Tomorrow morning, I, Tim Fielder, will be interviewed on WBAI about all things Matty’s Rocket. TUNE IN!!!!
and btw, FIGHT!
Greetings Dieselfunkateeers! 2017 has been a BANNER YEAR. While the two prior years were all about being visible, this year continued that trend buttressed with a lot of behind the scene work. We began the year capturing footage for The Dieselfunk Show at The Women’s March and Inauguration of Donald Trump. Diametrically opposed activities I assure you.
Then we would go into a bout of travel. We quickly moved into working with Professor Reynaldo Anderson’s BSAM at Texas’ Prairie View University COMM Week sponsored by the wonderful Professor Toniesha Taylor. We joined BSAM again at Harris Stowe University in St. Louis. We would close out the first half of the year at The Electrik Revival at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center. The Motherbox/Black Kirby Crew was in full effect.
The Dieselfunk Show, featuring our Glogging technique , would premiere on Youtube! High John Conqueror, the Comatic, would closely follow.
Summer hit, and it was off to the races. The Dieselfunk Show Road tour begin in Jackson Mississippi, moving to New Orleans, then to Los Angeles, then up to Seattle, Tacoma, down to Portland, then to San Francisco. We made a quick dash back down to San Diego for SDCC, then back to Los Angeles. Our travels had us interviewing folks such as Ben Caldwell, our sponsor Isaiah Coberly of New Pencil, maker of the FLIPSTEADY, and the kind souls at Wacom Technologies.
During that entire period, time was found to work with the writer Brandon Easton on a short story for George Takei’s NEW FRONTIERS, whom we also had the chance to Glogg as well. We would end the summer at Blerd City and Afropunk in NYC.
The fall was spent focusing on the completion of ‘Matty’s Rocket: Book One’ which came out in November. It’s 120 pages of hard work, pure heart, and focused joy. Writers, Junot Díaz, Valerie Boyd, Comic Gods John Jennings, Joyce Brabner, and Dawud Anyabwile and more graced us with contributions to the book. This was all made possible by the setup of our own in-house PRINT ON DEMAND operation.
Here is wishing you all the Happiest of Holidays and the brightest of New Years.
If you think 2017 was nuts, just wait till 2018!
What is Bande DessiNoir?
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! I was always a HUGE fan of Bande Dessinée, the name for Franco-Belgian comics. When Heavy Metal magazine hit, it completely changed my life. Stories like ‘The Airtight Garage,’ ‘The Long Tomorrow,’ and ‘Exterminator 17’ completely altered my life. It wouldn’t be for a few years till I became aware that Heavy Metal was merely the american offshoot of Metal Hurlant. This European publication was started by a group of hotshot fantasy illustrators and cartoonists.
Now take the fact that I lived in the middle of a Cotton Field reading this stuff was amazing…particularly for the fact that they didn’t sell comics in Clarksdale MS beyond 1978. At the very least, it definitely made me unpopular in school:-)
I always wanted to see people of color depicted in such fantasy and science fiction scenarios. In fact, there was one obscure Heavy Metal installment done by a man of color, Ed Davis’ ‘A World Apart: The Golden City.’
Jean Giraud’s ‘ARZACH’
Enki Bilal’s, ‘THE WOMAN TRAP’
Phillipe Druillet’s ‘LONE SLOANE: DELIRIUS’,
and Richard Corben’s ‘Den’
Even still, I wanted to see more. Which was about the time I realized I’d have to do it myself. More on that later.
IF you always wanted to see Afrocentric and afrofuturistic comics done with the level of craft and adventure present in fully painted bande dessinée…
Then what you want is…Bande DessiNoir
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! Tim Fielder here. It is my distinct pleasure, and the pleasure of the Dieselfunk Studios team to present MATTY’S ROCKET BOOK ONE.
This book has been a labor of love that I have wanted to do for many decades. Each panel has been painstakingly painted and composed. Each line of dialogue and concept design has been lovingly attended to. This book collects the stories of Matty’s Rocket 1-3 with a few narrative surprises, tons of extra content, and guest contributors.I gave it everything I had. I hope you feel the heart and love that went into it as well. For the individual issues and the Graphic Novel go to: www.dieselfunkstore.com
I call it Bande DessiNoir. More on this later…
Speaking of Guest Contributors. The most sincere THANKS to:
Sharon Lee De La Cruz,
and the woman who gave me my start in the biz, Joyce Brabner.
This book wouldn’t exist without your contributions.
Warmest Regards, and ENJOY!
Creator of Matty’s Rocket
Finally, For the individual issues and Graphic Novel go to: www.dieselfunkstore.com