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

 

6th Annual Black Comic Book Day

6th Annual Black Comic Book Day

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  The moment has arrived. The 6th Annual Schomburg Black Comic Book Day is upon us!

Dieselfunk Studios will be selling Matty’s Rocket Book One. This 120 page Graphic Novel, Created, Written and illustrated by Tim Fielder, is a true labor of love.  The story tells the tale of Matty Watty; space pilot, adventurer, and southern girl next door.  Matty’s Rocket features a drama filled narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat, there are special surprises for young and old to enjoy.

Dieselfunk Studios..and Matty’s Rocket will be at The 6th Annual Schomburg Black Comic Book Day at Table #1

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037 View Map

See You There!!!!

Tomorrow! Matty’s Rocket on WBAI MORNING SHOW!

Tomorrow! Matty’s Rocket on WBAI MORNING SHOW!

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’s WBAI MORNING SHOW

Hosted by: Michael G. Haskins + Andrew Jones

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!

Schomburg Approacheth! Matty’s Rocket 2018 Calendar

Schomburg Approacheth! Matty’s Rocket 2018 Calendar

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  The Schomburg Black Comic Book Day happens this coming weekend.  Part of life is a continual assessment of one’s goals.  We rate, compare, retool, and strategize steps based upon our past , present and future.  Our present thought, based upon past experience: No company can survive without content in the present and future. Thusly, right out the gate, Dieselfunk Studios is committed to DELIVERING PRODUCT, no matter how large or small.

ANNOUNCING: Matty’s Rocket 2018 Art Calendar.   Keep your daily and monthly schedule while viewing wonderfully painted spaceships and world building to enjoy along the way.  Premiering at The 2018 Schomburg Black Comic Book Day January 12-13th.

I’ve always loved the fully painted Calendars of the early to mid 20th Century.  Whether the subjects ranged from naval, aeronautics, or Santa drinking a coke, I respect the craft and detail that each artist put into the work.  Further, such a product extends the world-building of the primary Matty’s Rocket Story.

Consider the month of January:  Matty pilots her Strato-capsule into Earth Orbit.

Or perhaps, June: Duke, the famed Jazz composer, comes to the Harlem Sector’s Apollo Pavilion.  What sort of ride would Duke fly in look like? (Closeup below)  Check out the Matty’s Rocket 2018 Calendar to see. 

Order: 

Matty’s Rocket 2018 Art Calendar HEREhttp://dieselfunkstore.com/product/mattys-rocket-2018-calendar/

Matty’s Rocket: Book One HERE

Back to It!

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.

 

Check out Matty’s Rocket here

 

HACK The DIESEL

HACK The DIESEL

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  I hope your holiday season is off to a bang.  Work is still ongoing throughout the holidays in the lab.  There’s been some quite fascinating discussion online regarding the state of black comics and how best to market and sell them.  All very helpful and useful ideas.  In the discussion, it occurred to me that all cartoonists of color could in theory hack the marketing of the upcoming Schomburg Black Comic Book Day and Black Panther Movie to spread awareness about how individual works and the body of work in general.  Thusly, I wanted take a moment to formally send out a notice for the following hashtag phrase:

#blackpantherblackcomix Checkout www.yoururl.com @SchomburgCenter #Blackcomicbookday#ipfreeforall Won’thurt2tryit & other books:-) “ 

So for me this post would go:

blackpantherblackcomix Checkout www.dieselfunk.com @SchomburgCenter #Blackcomicbookday #ipfreeforall Won’thurt2tryit & other books:-)

Feel FREE to use it to your hearts content.  Back to it.