Greetings Dieselfunkateers! The Road to INFINITUM continues as we close in on our release date of January 19, 2021. INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale, published by HarperCollins Amistad, is my long sought graphic novel labor of love. The proofs have been sent out, cover blurbs acquired, cover art finalized, and alas, the book files have been sent to the printer.
As the media ramps up we have been pleasantly surprised in Dieselfunk Studios by a very sweet article in Architectural Digest by wonderful author, Taylor Crumpton. Check it out HERE. Also, gotta admit, it’s cool being mentioned in the same light as Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, and Janelle Monáe. COOL INDEED
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The Metabaron’s Juan Giménez TRIBUTE BOOK!
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! Many years ago Jean Giraud (aka Moebius), and Alejandro Jodorowsky collaborated on an aborted DUNE movie. The story behind it ultimately produced the 2013 entertaining cautionary tale documentary, ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune”. But apparently the partnership would continue in the graphic novel series L’INCAL. One of the ground breaking characters created in the series was the ultimate warrior, METABARON. After the main L’INCAL story was told, Jodorowsky took it upon himself to continue the story of the Metabaron legacy. The artist chosen for that series was the great Juan Giménez, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Giménez’s art and mechanical style had a huge influence on my work over the decade.
I became aware that a book would be produced honoring Giménez’s life and work. Amazing artist, Miquel Montlló (of Starship Warship Jolly Roger fame) was gracious enough to put me in contact with comic historian, Emilio Gonzalo Mallo who was organizing the project. I was amazingly given the green light to produce an image and of course, The Metabaron came to mind.
It was my honor to be a part of the project which will be announced at a future date.
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A CONVERSATION WITH TIM FIELDER, CREATOR OF ‘MATTY’S ROCKET’
Taking a quick sec to raise my head up from the Cintiq. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by ROCKETGUT!
ROCKETGUT! is a space, art and culture website by Jason Davis and Porter McDonald. We covered my beginnings in the south and my journey out and back into comics culminating with Dieselfunk Studios.
Dieselfunk Year End Review 2018
I’ve been doing our year end reviews for a second. Each year as eventful as the last. 2018 has turned out to not only be a continuation of this trend, but also a transitional year for things to come. Black Panther opened to world wide acclaim and massive box office. Most importantly, the movie ushered in what is clearly the Age of Afrofuturism. Being a lifelong Visual Afrofuturist myself, I can say it still is very much an out of body experience. Sometimes the world does indeed catch up. The media attention allowed Dieselfunk to become much more prominent in the media landscape. I became a part time journalist for Bleeding Cool with The Dieselfunk Dispatch. Matty’s Rocket: Book One, which came out last year, continued its in-house manufacturing/production and proceeded with vigor. Very happy to report the book has been a very positive critical success. To such an extent that we showcased the work at this years Book Expo, and Brooklyn Book Festival. A tremendous honor no doubt. We pushed very hard to sell it in a guerrilla style which had a bit of success. However, as the year wore on we have had to retool to accommodate ongoing changes in circumstances. Times require flexibility and change. More on that in the coming weeks and months.
As before we had fantastic experiences at The Schomburg Black Comic Book Day, SOL-Con/CXC, Women In Comics, and Kidscomicon Festivals. We also attended the new kid on the block, The Black Comics Collective. There are more venues available to comic creators of color than ever before. My work has gathered audiences overseas as demonstrated with The Black Speculative Arts Movement. As an artist, individually, I have have begun production on what I feel is my greatest work yet, INFINITUM. Further, I have done more book covers in the effort to diversify my output. Most importantly, BLACK METROPOLIS, my one man career retrospective show, revived for a run at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, GA. The show was successful enough that it will travel out west for the new year. More on that as details are finalized. 2018 has been great.
Finally, the year has brought on many personal changes. I now find myself the head of an empty nest as my children are now grown and in college. The wife and I are no longer newlyweds. My parents are growing gracefully as they get older, and I cherish the time I have with them like never before. I shall give them their flowers while they are here. And then we lose our elders as well, like my wonderful Aunt and the arrival of a young nephew with tons of energy.
As the Religion in Octavia Butler’s ‘Parables’ series describes, the only constant is change. We can be certain that GREAT change is both coming and expected.
I enthusiastically embrace it.
Happy New Year. On to 2019
Founder, Dieselfunk Studios