Kids Comicon 10!

Kids Comicon 10!

KIDS COMICON10!  Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  The Matty crew will be attending and showcasing at the 10th Anniversary of KIDS COMICON!  TODAY  We got POSTERS and COMICS.  May even try the hand at commissions if the time allows.  STOP ON BY!

Also  The SCHOMBURG JUNIOR SCHOLARS KIDS will have their COMIC for SALE!  BUY IT!

Bronx Community College 2155 University Ave, (corner of 181st Street & University Avenue), Bronx, NY 10453

Tedx with Tim Fielder

Tedx with Tim Fielder

TEDx with TIM FIELDER.  Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  At long last I have the pleasure of presenting the OFFICIAL POSTING of my TEDxJackson talk from late last year.  “MANIFESTING IN THE AGE OF AFROFUTURISM: The Dieselfunk Way”.  It was an incredible experience.  One that absolutely has changed and altered my life in ways I couldn’t have anticipated.  Special thanks to Nina Parikh, Alissa Joseph and Lisa Musselman, Pam Shaw, and the GREAT David Pharr.

Nighthawk

Nighthawk

NIGHTHAWK.  Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  It’s been hard work in the studio the last few weeks.  So had to take a break from outstanding projects with a bit of sugary distraction with David Walker and Ramon Villalobos’, NIghthawk.  Coming up in the next few weeks we’ll have Matty’s Rocket at EAST COAST COMICON (April 11-12), KIDSCOMICON (April 23rd) and possibly a special visit to a special school.  Also, next month we’ll have The BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT (MAY 6-7) and the long awaited introduction of BLACK METROPOLIS.  More on that as we get closer.

Back to it!

Gangsters

Gangsters

GANGSTERS. Greetings Dieselfunkateers!  Work continues on the multiple projects the Labs have underway.  As necessary, we have to do visual research and testing to make a narrative sing distinctly from another.  Thusly, we do progressive refinements from sketches, to outright 3d models, then paintovers. In this case this is early testing for a project with the Illustrious JOYCE BRABNER.  We’ve got a ways to go, but..

We’ll Get There!

BlackJack is Done!

BlackJack is Done!

BLACKJACK is DONE!  Greetings DIESELFUNKATEERS!  The Artwork for the Graphic Novel “Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter” is DONE!  Blackjack, aka Arron Day, is a world travelled African-American Soldier of Fortune created by Alexander Simmons in 1996.  My first exposure to Alex’s work was way back in the Eclipse Comics days.  He and Jim Sherman had done this horror/adventure story called “Demon Chronicles”.  I also recognized him as the reference for “the black dude” in Don McGregor’s Detectives Inc.  Yes folks, I was reading this Cat’s stuff across the road from a cotton field.  What’s even more ironic is that my BIG break into comics would come through Joyce Brabner at Eclipse Comics just a few years later.  Now I didn’t realize Alex was involved in any of this till just a few months ago.  So of course when I first met him as one of the cartooning teachers at The Children’s Arts Carnival back in the early 2000s I had no idea of the connections.  I saw him as a colleague who graciously allowed me to promote and screen elements of Matty during his Kidscomicon events.  Two years ago, while deep in production on the Matty’s Rocket animated series, I felt I needed a bit of an “art break”.  So I approached Alex about producing a new Blackjack story. Amazingly, he said YES.  This would be the first comic I had done since 1999 (an awful soft porn Scifi comic Don’t ask:-) I had no way of knowing that what I initially decided was a detour would ultimately turn into a fun little 22 page comic book, and ultimately into a 50-60 page fully painted graphic novel.  Despite my nearly giving Alex and myself a heart attack with the level and length of work, I’m VERY PROUD of my work on this book.  Alex has given me the opening to showcase not only my personal art, but the character of Arron Day at his best.  Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter!

Enjoy it Folks

Now back to FULL SPEED on Matty’s Rocket!  BLASTOFF!