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;
Published Matty’s Rocket the Comic Series and premiered it at the 3rd Annual Schomburg Black Comic Festival.
Attended and showcased at the Inaugural Black Comic Arts Festival in San Francisco.
Taught Dieselfunk Comic book workshops as far away as the Mississippi Delta to Mountains of Aspen, Colorado.
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,