Greetings Dieselfunkateers! The Dispatch is BACK! We are presently on the perpetual Matty’s Rocket Book Tour in California. It never really ends folks. Of course the Dieselfunk Dispatch continues. This time giving our breakdown on what makes up the Comic industry. I mean, you got your run of the mill floppies from the big majors and indie varieties, your thick ol graphic novels, and your prestigious format thingies. It’s enough to make a mug question just what is the Comic Book Industry? For the artists it means one thing, but for the publisher it means something altogether. Add in the digital disruption with distribution it makes for quite a tale. The Dieselfunk Dispatch goes in relatively deep, but simple enough for the regular reader to get an idea of how it goes down.
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! BLACK ENTERPRISE ON AFROFUTURISM! It’s so fascinating to see the world we are in now. Where visuals that depict people of color within speculative scenarios are now mainstream. AFROFUTURISM is now MAINSTREAM.
The Black Panther has now crossed 1 Billion Dollars worldwide and continues on. Wrinkle In Time is out doing good business as well. This is all due to the contemporary media state where the demand for content morbidly outstrips the content supply. As a result, media companies, whether they be traditional or new, are all in the CONTENT WAR. This means subject matter that never would have even been considered before is now MAINSTREAM.
I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE on the subject of Afrofuturism. I was asked to come in and speak on the subject of Afrofuturism. HUGE pleasure to work with Bigwig Samara Lynn, Media Maven Selena Hill, and special acknowledgement to Sharon Wynne. I had a Blast! Check it out HERE or click BELOW
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:
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! The last week was a MASSIVE WEEK for Dieselfunk Studios.High John Conqueror and The Dieselfunk Show have now premiered. We have now moved on to the intricate and long term work of building a brand, audience, and market for our content.
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I’ve kept a Journal for decades and used to writing down the occasional thought towards processing events. It’s been a very useful exercise. To that end, I’ve decided to take some time to write down my ideas on comics, media, and the REALITY that is the INTERNET. We’ll call it say; THE DIESELFUNK JOURNAL. I’m sure there are far more knowledgable and experienced folks in this area than I. So if what I’m stating is old hat or irrelevant then simply ignore me.
In REAL NUMBERS, the mainstream comic book readership maxes out at 100-200 thousand readers give or take a few thousand. Spread proportionally over the level of strength and size of each publisher, access becomes a matter of life..and more often…Death.
So how does the one man/woman or independent shop, like DIESELFUNK STUDIOS, get in the game? Not just the comic game, but the game that goes beyond that. Well that’s what this journal series will be about. We will investigate a lot, learn a lot, make mistakes…A LOT, and hopefully have the occasional bout of SUCCESS, a LOT:-)
Lets begin with the Thesis: IF…YOUTUBE has over 1 Billion users, INSTAGRAM is at 7 Million users (pushing to reach 1 Billion by the end of the year), Facebook is virtually at 2 BILLION USERS!, and other networks are massive as well, would it not make more sense to GO ALL IN ON COMICS EXCLUSIVELY IN SOCIAL MEDIA. Completely different Paradigm Right?
Greetings Dieselfunkateers! HAPPY JUNETEENTH DAY! You know, I choose Juneteenth for a reason. This Day represents the End of Slavery in the United States…and the liberation of Million of Souls to strive to reach the Stars. For me personally, High John Conqueror is an attempt to reach further by innovating in a new form while paying homage to what came before.