Dieselfunk Studios Presents:  MATTY’S ROCKET BOOK 1

Dieselfunk Studios Presents: MATTY’S ROCKET BOOK 1

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:
Junot Díaz,
Valarie Boyd,
John Jennings,
Andre Peltier,
Kat Fajardo,
David Brame,
Sharon Lee De La Cruz,
James Mason,
Barbara Brandon-Croft,
Dawud Anyabwile,
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!

Tim Fielder
Creator of Matty’s Rocket

Finally, For the individual issues and Graphic Novel go to: www.dieselfunkstore.com

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!

Neon Bouncer

Neon Bouncer

NEON BOUNCER

 

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Took a quick break (lots of those lately) to do a color sketch of Chuck “DragonBlack” Collins’ BOUNCER for my ongoing black comic creator series thingy. Collins is definitely one of the major visual forces going in comics today. That said, his REAL secret weapon:  Mug can WRITE HIS BUTT OFF.  Check out Bounce The Comic at http://www.bouncethecomic.com/  and the Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bounce

Matty’s Rocket 3 is about to head out to the printers.  But as you know, the work never stops.  Presently in comic story breakdown for an artistic collab with BLACK COMIX RETURNS scribe John Jennings for Author Stuart Jaffe’s BLUESMAN.

I’m working on it Fellas!  

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I’ve been on a bit of a voyage of artistic self-discovery lately with jaunts in Corel Painter and Clip Studio Paint. Nothing like finally being able to do quasi elegant inks in digital by switching from using a digital ink brush to a digital watercolor brush!!!  It only took 20 years to figure it out!  Who Knew!:-)

Back to it!

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Dieselfunk Year in Review

Dieselfunk Year in Review

DIESELFUNK YEAR IN REVIEW.  

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Very quick update because the work NEVER STOPS.  Dieselfunk Studios has now passed through our 2nd year with Matty’s Rocket the Comic Series and begun production of The Dieselfunk Show. 

We started out with the premiere of Matty’s Rocket 2 at Planet Deep South.

Won a GLPYH Award along with Alex Simmons for Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter’ 

Did Comic workshops in The Mississippi Delta, Schomburg Museum, Jackson MS and Columbus, Ohio. 

We had a MASSIVELY SUCCESSFUL showcase of 30 Years of work in comics and Afrofuturism titled ‘BLACK METROPOLIS:  30 Years of Afrofuturism, Comics, Music, Animation,  Decapitated Chickens, Heroes, Villains, and, and Negroes.  

Returned to East Coast Comicon, New York Comicon and SOLcon.

Joined the Comixcast crew (headed by the Legend, Joyce Brabner) in covering the Madness that was the Republican National and Democratic National conventions.

Co-created, along with Jim Fielder, an entirely new form of Digital Journalism called Glogging.  This effort resulted in starting production on our program called The Dieselfunk Show.

This work would have us invited to The White House at the First Annual South By South Lawn event in which the Dieselfunk Crew drew President Obama and performed the first Digital Plein Air painting of the Whitehouse…without being sniped I might add:-)

We’d go into the fall of the year with Glogging at the Star Trek Missions 50th Anniversary and participating in the Black Enterprise Comics Roundtable.

Had the honor of illustrating a story written by the Eisner Award and National Book Award winning Andrew Aydin for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Liberty Annual.

This year closed out with an AWESOME New York Times expose on Afrofuturism featuring the likes of Rhianna, Beyonce, Solange, Ytasha Womack, Rasheeda Phillips, and yours truly, Tim Fielder.   This is added on by Bleeding Cool’s preview of Matty’s Rocket 3 and the premiere of The Dieselfunk Store for all of your Matty’s Rocket and Afrofuturistic goods! 

I did not think that this year could top last year.  BUT IT DID.  Very very Grateful and Humbled.

We look forward to even BIGGER THINGS coming for 2017.

Tim Fielder

Dieselfunk Studios

NY Times: Black Metropolis & Mattys Rocket

NY Times: Black Metropolis & Mattys Rocket

NYTIMES: BLACK METROPOLIS & MATTY’S ROCKET

Greetings Dieselfunkateers!   Over the last 7 months an awesome amount of work was done by writer goddess Ruth La Ferla on the subject of Afrofuturism in The NEW YORK TIMES article titled

Afrofuturism: The Next Generation

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/fashion/afrofuturism-the-next-generation.html

Covered within the article is my one man show, BLACK METROPOLIS:  30 Years of Afrofuturism, Comics, Music, Animation,  Decapitated Chickens, Heroes, Villains, and, and Negroes.   and my retro-afrofuturism comic, Matty’s Rocket!

As I have been a participant of the form for over 30 years, it is indeed a moving emotion that comes to bear.  BLACK METROPOLIS, and MATTY’S ROCKET represents my particular take on the depiction of black culture within a technological and socially expansive based Past, Present, and FUTURE of WHO and WHAT WE ARE.

Expect MORE NEWS to come over the coming days with a behind the scenes expose on Black Metropolis, Matty’s Rocket, Afrofuturism, Dieselfunk, Dieselfunk Studios, INFINITUM, The Dieselfunk Store, and The Black Speculative Arts Movement.

I want to thank Ruth La Ferla, Boston Fielder, Ed Marshall Photography, Richardine Bartee, Genesis Rivera, Sabaah Folayan, Reynaldo Anderson, Angelica Rogers, Keith Miller, Meredith Theeman, Liza Jesse Peterson, John Jennings, Stacey Robinson and last but most certainly not least, My FAMILY.