Matty on Publishers Weekly MORE TO COME

Matty on Publishers Weekly MORE TO COME

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Just getting back in from our most recent stop on The #mattysrocketbooktour.  Just before leaving, I was honored to be interviewed by the Legend, Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.  I was recently having a conversation with a colleague about how important Calvin’s work is with regards to the medium of comics and graphic novels.  The medium has in this gentleman, an ambassador and town cryer; something every industry needs in order to survive.  Everyone has that thing that they do well, do with passion, and would do for free.  Calvin LOVES COMICS.  

This is exhibited most profoundly in his work as host of: PW’s MORE TO COME.

We talked about Matty’s Rocket, my process, Black Panther, Dieselfunk Studios, and our upcoming graphic novel, INFINITUM.

Calvin is like ‘The Shadow’ with that frikin ring.  He turned it towards me and I suddenly got dizzy and had to follow his commands.  Unwillingly!:-)  I gave a scoop for MATTY’S ROCKET BOOK TWO!

ITS NOT MY FAULT!!!:-)

Dieselfunk Dispatch: Advice from Jeff Smith

Dieselfunk Dispatch: Advice from Jeff Smith

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  We are back with another entry of The Dieselfunk Dispatch.  I needed a little advice.  Then I saw Jeff Smith, Creator of Bone

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…Check out the rest HERE..

Seeking Self-Publishing Advice from Jeff Smith in This Week’s Dieselfunk Dispatch

SciFiPulse Radio Features Tim Fielder

SciFiPulse Radio Features Tim Fielder

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  The Dieselfunk Crew was recently interviewed by

Dr. Julian Chambliss of Beyond Impossible Segment for SFP-NOW on SciFiPulse Radio.

We conversed on the subject of representation, comics, career, and Matty’s Rocket. I was delighted by the depth of insight and questioning.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

 

TODAY! BAM Black Comix Expo

TODAY! BAM Black Comix Expo

Greetings Dieselfunkateers! TODAY The Dieselfunk Crew is at The First Annual BLACK COMICS EXPO at The Brooklyn Academy of Music.   11AM-5PM  #blackcomixexpo 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
We’ll Sell Matty’s Rocket and Posters.  We’ll GLOGG!!

LOCATION:  BAM Rose Cinemas and BAMcafé

This event stands to introduce comics and cartoonists of Color to the Borough that is BROOKLYN.  Dieselfunk Studios and The Dieselfunk Show will be at table 15 from 11AM to 5PM.

Founded by the Magnificent Deirdre Hollman, (who also happens to be a Co-founder of The Schomburg Black Comic Book Day) has started up trouble again with:

The BLACK COMICS COLLECTIVETheir Motto: CREATORS + COMMUNITY = THE BLACK COMICS COLLECTIVE

 

MATTY Signing at SISTER’S UPTOWN!

MATTY Signing at SISTER’S UPTOWN!

GREETINGS DIESELFUNKATEERS!  BLACK HISTORY MONTH Begins with a BANG! Author, illustrator, and animator Tim Fielder, lands on…

Friday February 2nd, 2018,

at Sisters Uptown Bookstore in Harlem.

Tim will signing copies of MATTY’S ROCKET BOOK ONE, The Matty’s Rocket 2018 Calendar, and Posters!

SEE YOU THERE!  Photo Courtesy of Ed Marshal Photography
Matty World Building 3

Matty World Building 3

 

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  LIGHTS, CAMERA, REFERENCE!  Lighting in film and videogames is essential to storytelling. Meaning it’s a requirement for entry. But in comics, lighting is often a victim of technical limitations and time.  Of course, masters like Eisner, Steranko, Gulacy, and Miller, have used cinematic techniques that derive from film.  Lighting, what you can see and what you cannot, is all about communication.

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Or more recently, Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ would not have worked without Bradford Young’s lensing (Hey, cat’s on Ron Howard’s ‘Solo: A Starwars Story so don’t sleep on em).

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This even extends to videogames.   Take for instance the cut scenes from the Starwars: OLD REPUBLIC games.  The level of detail, and to be frank complexity of story, largely dwarf the actual movies.

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But for the monthly comics schedule deep lighting is a difficult task to do.  Which is why I have a preference for the more methodical intricacy of Graphic novels. Take the beautiful example of Canales and Guarnido’s ‘Blacksad’.Image result for blacksad

Comics and graphic novels are all sequential art of course and, oddly enough, it’s where all of the mediums of animation, storyboarding and film meet. In fact, I’ve had film students that have limited drawing skills, who refuse to believe a rough stick figure or crude image can reveal all sorts of dramatic information.  In the climax of those lessons, I take their “crude” drawings and add simple coloring overlays to demonstrate that any image is capable of evoking emotion through light.  Photoshop MAGIC Baby!

ARTISTS!, Don’t let ANYONE tell you your work has no value or style, regardless of polish or crudeness.  The fact is, light can illuminate even the most mundane of drawing.

Furthermore, I cannot state the importance that reference has played in my work as of late. This can be in the form of a photo shoot, images from the internet, or even stills from advertisements and film stills.  You see a cool lighting scheme in a photo, steal…err, USE it.  Also, consider using newer online tools that are utilized by photographers to bring dramatic narratives to form.  I’ll speak on those tools in the future.

I try my best to take advantage of light.  YOU should too.

 

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