The State of Steamfunk, Part II!

Mahogany MasqueradeIt has been exactly ten months since our last State of Steamfunk address.

We are now broadcasting from the Airship Sweet Chariot to bring you news of the Funktastic happenings in the world of Steamfunk!

Milton Davis’ MVmedia, LLC, Balogun Ojetade’s Roaring Lions Productions and Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication wrap shooting the Steamfunk feature film, Rite Of Passage, November 17, 2013.

This amazing film – about the four Guardians of Nicodemus: Harriet Tubman; Harriet’s student, Dorothy Wright; famed lawman, U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves; and the steel drivin’ man, John Henry  and their battle against the supernatural and technological forces of oppression and evil – premieres in late February, 2014 at the 2nd Annual Black Science Fiction Film Festival.

A tie-in to Rite Of Passage, the short film, Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster – about a Guardian from “across the Pond” – premiered worldwide September 1, 2013.

A tie-in anthology, Rite of Passage: Road to Nicodemus, is now accepting submissions and will launch in 2014 as well.

STEAMFUNK Cover2013 also saw the launch of the wildly popular Steamfunk! anthology, an incredible book of fifteen stories by fifteen amazing authors from diverse backgrounds that has become the defining work of the Steamfunk Movement.

The Steamfunk Movement is growing by leaps and bounds and gaining, well…steam.

During Black Speculative Fiction Month in October, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade, hosted The Mahogany Masquerade and the Retrofuturistic Worlds of Steam and Diesel Funk panel discussion. Both events were very well-attended and fun was had by all.

SaintsAt Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center, tens of thousands gathered November 1-3, 2013, to enjoy all manner of geek-pop culture. Among them was author MD Marie, who unveiled her stunning Saints of Winter Valley 2014 Calendar, a spectacular calendar featuring beautiful photographs of the characters from the world of her soon-to-be released Steamfunk novel, The Saints of Winter Valley, Volume 1.

The graphic novel The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone, written and illustrated by artistic genius Kevin Sipp, is now crowdfunding through Kickstarter and the releases of the Steamfunk novels Mona Livelong, by Steamfunk, horror and erotica author Valjeanne Jeffers and Black Caesar: The Stone Ship Rises, by Balogun Ojetade, are forthcoming.

Finally, you know you’re growing when people are enraged by your work. Recently, an individual who represents a prominent Dieselpunk group, expressed on that group’s website how the use of the terms Steamfunk and Dieselfunk caused him to “get a little pissed off”:

“What upsets me the most about this though is the emergence of Steamfunk and Dieselfunk. To me this goes back to so many other aspects of society and culture that I won’t even begin to reference…The point is your right hand is saying that you want to be included, and treated equal. While your left hand is creating a situation where you are being exclusive and segregating every other race out.
Dieselpunk is in no way racist, exclusive, or prejudiced against any group of people. Except perhaps those who support Nazis…we don’t really want to have anything to do with them. Dieselfunk though…by the very name of it you’re basically saying this can only be black people. Why would you create something that excludes you from the rest of society? Why make a subset of a culture exclusive to your own race instead of just joining into what’s already established? No one is excluding you, you clearly just don’t want to be involved.
This is why I can’t stand it when people say: “I don’t support this because its racist.” “We want to be treated the same.” etc… And then you go out and support something that is racist, just racist in your favor, that excludes you from being treated as the same since you are separating yourself from the rest of the races in the world.”

I’ll let you good people reading this dismantle that foolishness. I don’t even waste my time responding to this rubbish anymore, but I do post it and make mention of it to make others aware that such ignorance still exists and you can decide if you want to deal with it or not.

Balogun and Iyalogun MasqueradeMe?

I’m too old; too busy being productive; and too not giving a damn.

Anywho…check back often; I will keep you updated on all the exciting happenings in the world of Steamfunk as the movement continues to grow.

This is Balogun Ojetade, from the Airship Sweet Chariot, signing off Steamfunkateers.

Until next time…keep it funky!

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at

7 responses »

  1. gassire says:

    We push forward! If all goes well my upcoming steamfunk novel, From Here to Timbuktu will be released in 2014. And don’t forget Rite of Passage: Road to Nicodemus. Woo hoo!

  2. Ray Dean says:

    One of the things that I love MOST about Steampunk/Steamfunk is meeting folks like you, Balogun…

  3. wow a whole new world, I loved the costumes and acting is superb. I am a newby but, in a Victorian alternative reality its sad to see the black guy in chains, hoped he would be the genius inventor.

  4. Love the dentist one, LOL, this lady would have seen off Jack the Ripper, love it.

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