HEY WHAT’S THAT?! Greetings Dieselfunkateers! Been a bit as Daddio has been in the Dungeon finishing out Matty’s Rocket Issue 2 and Issue 3. This is a page from issue 2. This year is all about moving our narrative forward and hitting the road to give it to the MASSES! Heads UP. The Retro To Rockets Road Tour is right around the Corner. More Info To Come. Standby!
DIESELFUNK YEAR IN REVIEW.
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! I’ll be brief as even on New Years Eve the work doesn’t stop. Who’d have thought that within 1 Year after making the plunge into Publishing Comic Books I would have;
Attended and showcased at the Inaugural Black Comic Arts Festival in San Francisco.
Was nominated for 4 Glyph Awards for Matty’s Rocket.
Did the first Mississippi Madness Dieselfunk Book Tour.
Attended Conventions such as ECBACC, Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, New Jersey Shore Comicon, East Cost Comicon, Awesome Con and the Baltimore Comicon.
Paneled at the First Inaugural Mississippi Book Festival.
Attended and workshopped at the Inaugural SOLcon, the first Black and Latino Comic Convention
Founded AFROFUTUREFEST with Afrofuturefest@NYCC, the first black branded collective booth in NYCC history. Featuring luminaries such as Afua Richardson, Tony Puryear, Rat Ronin Studios, Powersmith Studios, Julie Anderson, Paris Cullins, Alex Simmons, Anthony Pugh and The Museum of Uncut Funk. With fantastic sponsors such as The Schomburg Museum, NorCAL MLK Center, Tiyland Media and Koch Comics Warehouse.
Participated in The Schomburg Museum’s “Unveiling Visions massive Afrofuturism show curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson.
Had the honor of teaching at The New York Film Academy and Howard University.
Started on a comic collaboration with the Father of Afrofuturism, Samuel R. Delaney.
Completed all art and and saw published Alex Simmons’ BLACKJACK: There Came A Dark Hunter graphic novel.
Did a TEDx Talk via TEDJackson titled ‘Manifesting In The Age of Afrofuturism: The Dieselfunk Way’.
and Finally, Met and delivered Matty’s Rocket to The Godmother of Afrofuturism, Nichelle Nichols aka Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura.
While doing all of this, I have travelled thousands of miles and seen things that inspire the mind and soul.
It’s been an AWESOME YEAR. I am so immensely grateful for all of the support, motivation from my Family, Friends and Colleagues. Thank you and Love to you All. Extra Special Thanks to Mel. We Gon Git Rapalje!:-)
Now, On to the Next and Back to Work,
I had the historic and honored privilege to present Ms Nichols, Esteemed Actress and aka ‘The Godmother of AfroFuturism’, with Matty’s Rocket (and Alex Simmons’ Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter). I have been very public about the tremendous influence Ms Nichols (and Gene Roddenberry’s) work had on Matty, my art, and the way Diversity is moving our society forward. Heck, visually speaking, Matty is directly modeled after the smart and elegant Lt. Uhura (albeit with diesel fumes:-) I recall the story of Dr King encouraging Ms Nichols to continue her role as Lt. Uhura. Thank Goodness she took his advice. Moving from her work with STAR TREK, NASA, and STEM initiatives, we ALL owe her a great debt.
Now we will Endeavor to make Matty Aspire to the same Heights.
CBR THE BUY PILE Reviews Alex Simmons’ Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter! Greetings Dieselfunkateers! Hannibal Tabu SPEAKS