I have known Tim Fielder for a few years now, having met him at a work meeting for our teaching artistry gig. Tim and I instantly bonded due to our love for comic books and visual story telling and it's been a joy on my end watching Tim jump back into the comic book world, establishing his place in the Black Comic Indie scene with his Glyph nominated book Matty's Rocket and his recent work with Alex Simmons on Blackjack, which last week picked up a Glyph Award!
This week, Tim launched his BLACK METROPOLIS: 30 Years of Afrofuturism, Comics, Music, Animation, Decapitated Chickens, Heroes, Villains, and, and Negroes exhibit at NYU's Gallatin Galleries, showcasing 30 years worth of his comic book work, including early drafts of Matty's Rocket, a never before released Marvel Comics book focusing on billionaire rapper Dr. Dre, and many many more amazing pieces of work. He is also getting ready for the big reception this coming Thursday, May 26th!
I decided to stop by the gallery and hang out with Tim and interviewed him for a visual piece on him where he opened up about his work, his work ethic, his creative journey, and he even showed me a sneak peak of his upcoming book with writer, David F. Walker! First time and place you'll be seeing it!
Tim Fielder Statement: "It has always been my dream to showcase my work in the weird and wonderful ways they came to me. Now I can display the passion I have for the way Black People look, worship, love, hate, live, fight, and fly."
"Tim Fielder is a Glyph Award winning Illustrator, concept designer, cartoonist, and animator born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has a lifelong love of Visual Afrofuturism, Pulp entertainment, and action films. He holds other Afrofuturists such as Samuel Delany, Steven Barnes, Octavia Butler, John Jennings, and Stacey Robinson as major influences. He has worked over the years in the storyboarding, film visual development, gaming, comics, and animation industries for clients as varied as Marvel Comics, The Village Voice, Tri-Star Pictures, to Ubisoft Entertainment. He also is an educator for institutions such as the New York Film Academy and Howard University. Tim hopes to push forward with his art in the emerging digital content delivery systems of the day. He is also known for his TEDx Talk, on the subject of Afrofuturism, and for founding 'AFROFUTUREFEST', the first branded collective booth of creators of color in New York Comicon history. His project, Matty's Rocket, is a product from his company Dieselfunk Studios. Tim makes his home with his wife and children in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Harlem.
Dieselfunk Studios www.dieselfunk.com is a multimedia company that specializes in narrative stories told in sequential, app, and virtual formats. We strive to move the form forward in traditional and emerging markets."
Black Metropolis will present to the world decades of published and unpublished work by artist Tim Fielder. The primary focus of this show is to bring to light work that was part of the visual foundation that exists in this present "Age of Afrofuturism.' BLACK METROPOLIS is the visual and emotional ideal, not necessarily the physical construct, of an infinite cosmopolitan space where Black People can be anything or anyone they choose in the PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE.
Features from Black Metropolis include work from:
"Matty's Rocket" the Comic series and Animated series. Early cartooning for The Village Voice, Black Rock Coalition with a focus on the music, punk and afropunk scene. Pages from the infamous unpublished Marvel Music comic "DR. DRE: Man With A Cold Cold Heart." Concept Images from the aborted Parliament Funkadelic Scifi Movie. Artist Tim Fielder will be present all days creating his special brand of Afrofuturism.
and Much More.
1 Washington Pl @ Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Mon: 3pm – 7pm.
Tue- Fri: 10am – 7pm.
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm.
RECEPTION THURSDAY MAY 26TH!!!