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John Jennings' Megascope Announces Major Graphic Novel List From Abrams ComicArts

Announced at ComicsPRO, Abrams ComicArts is releasing its first publishing list from Megascope, a new line of graphic novels curated by John Jennings. Jennings is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling comics creator and illustrator of graphic novel adaptations of Octavia E. Butler's Kindred and Parable of the Sower.  Megascope was first announced in 2018, and the inaugural publishing […]

Oh, the Indie Horror!: Box of Bones & Blood-Drenched Creature Double Feature

Oh, the Indie Horror!: Box of Bones & Blood-Drenched Creature Double Feature

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. The darkness, the spookiness, and oh, the horror! I've always been fascinated by themes of the unknown creeping in and terrifying us, or the repressed finally erupting into chaos. One thing growing up that I always wanted, though, was to see more characters of color as the […]

John Jennings to Head Up Megascope Graphic Novel Imprint at Abrams

Bestselling comic creator, UCR professor, Eisner award-winning editor, and founder of multiple comics festivals including September's SOL-CON, John Jennings, is adding yet another job title to his resume, so what the hell have you done with your life lately?! Jennings will head up Megascope, a new graphic novel imprint at Abrams publishing which will publish a […]

Dieselfunk Dispatch: BSAM's Reynaldo Anderson Talks the State of Afrofuturism

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! The Dieselfunk Dispatch has a special guest today with Dr. Reynaldo Anderson. Anderson is a prominent scholar in Africana studies, social movements, and a creator of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM). On a massive scale, Anderson is a scholar is arguably the foremost scholar on the subject of Afrofuturism at this moment in history. […]

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Dieselfunk Dispatch: John Jennings Talks Box of Bones and Making Monstrosities

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! John Jennings, artist of the graphic novelization of Octavia Butler's Kindred (done with writer Damian Duffy), took a moment to chat with the Dispatch about the upcoming Box of Bones and to share a bit of Butler news. Box of Bones, co-created with Ayize Jama-Everett, is published by Rosarium Publishing.   DD: What […]

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Dieselfunk Dispatch: SDCC Afrofuturism Lounge with LaWana Richmond, Keithan Jones, and Jason Reeves

Greetings, Dieselfunkateers! Today we speak with the co-organizers of the first annual Afrofuturism Lounge. What exactly is the Afrofuturism Lounge? There are many venues that have come about that showcase the talents of creators of color within a speculative space. Taking place over Friday and Saturday evenings July 20th-21st from 7-11 p.m. at Broker's Building Gallery as counter-programming […]

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Dieselfunk Dispatch: Planet Deep South and Celebrating the Black Panther

For the past few weeks, we've been posting updates by Tim Fielder on his journey to transition his creator-owned comic book, Matty's Rocket, to a print-on-demand graphic novel model using his own equipment to produce and sell the books. You can read the first two Dieselfunk Dispatches here and here. Though we originally intended to post […]

Impressions From The Black Comic Book Festival At the Schomburg Center

By Olumide Recently, the Schomburg Center in Harlem held its Third Annual Black Comic Book Festival. This event featured panel discussions, film screenings and workshops. Many artists and writers from across the country participated and displayed tables featuring their work. The festival is presented by the Schomburg's Junior Scholars Program and co-produced by artists Jerry […]