John Pyka

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About John Pyka

30 Years of Professional Entertainment!

Join us for John Pyka's 30 Years of Professional Entertainment Celebration! 2019 marks the 30th year of John Pyka's professional career and your support make you a vital part of the continued success! As a thank you to all of our amazing friends and family, we have decided to create this digital "tip jar" to allow you to contribute to the ongoing success of our live stage shows, podcasts, YouTube video network and expand on the shared Dieselpunk universe from the book Tales From The Flip-Side! You get the opportunity to be a crucial part of the creative process!

2020 Goals
Ready to take on new challenges and adventures, we have four main goals for 2020:

  1. To travel to and present in small regional theaters and entertainment venues that normally couldn’t host a touring show and share great original theatrical Dieselpunk entertainment that the community would not normally have access to!
  2. To travel to comic cons and festivals as entertainment guests to offer value-added content and programming for the convention, and promoting our work, products and brands at the convention as an artist or vendor.
  3. To provide creative ideas that inspire artists and individuals, and to entertain those who enjoy our work with engaging and fun content!
  4. Upgrade and maintain studio equipment to provide the best sound and audio production possible, and distribute across as many platforms as possible!
  5. THE BIG ONE! We want to raise $650,000 to open a brand new haunted bed and breakfast/cabaret attraction in an historic mansion in a non-disclosed location in Middle TN! But we only need $50,000 to get started!

Here's just some of what to expect:

  • Get access to monthly content such as exclusive first looks at new projects, Patreon-only photos, posts, giveaways, and special exclusive rewards in return!
  • Live Shows in theaters and festivals! The truth of the matter is that not all theaters or festivals can afford to bring in our live shows as they rely primarily on volunteer performers/community companies, but we still want them to have the option! Your patronage helps us take live shows to venues and events that normally could not have us! Your patronage removes the obstacle of cost for many venues and events! In 2019 we are launching several new live projects! In addition to Tales From The Flip-Side Live, we will be launching Bamboozled, Swingamajig US, and more!
  • Convention guesting! Comic cons are a natural fit for "Big Daddy Cool" (John is a life long fan the medium), The Bombshell Kittens, The Dieselpunk Podcast, The League of Impossiblists and the programming we can offer. While many cons book John and company to appear as entertainment guests, not every one can. Your tip provides the chance to provide entertainment content, great panels and workshops and allows us to exhibit as a vendor on the convention floor!
  • BDC TV YouTube series' and other video content including:
    • Live On Stage – Live performances from theaters, comic cons, and festivals around the country! $5 patrons get exclusive access to live performances that the general public does not! :)
    • No Fan Left Behind – John and crew take you behind the scenes of their live events and appearances at theaters, comic cons and festivals around the country! These videos are live streamed via FaceBook and posted on YouTube for on demand viewing.
    • Video tutorials and lectures – Specially created tutorials and lectures teaching viewers the ins and outs of podcasting, social media management, performance theory and outrageous publicity techniques. For those in the $5 tier, you will also get access to magic instruction videos, and you too can be the life of the party!
    • Dieselpunk Game Night – The video series follows on the heels of the success of the Roll 'N Go Game Review show hosted by John Pyka and Dee Bartee, and spotlights Dieselpunk table top games that are easy to learn, quick to play, and appropriate for all ages!
    • Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel at!
  • Weekly Podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher AND Spotify:
    • The Dieselpunk Podcast – The Voice of Dieselpunk now in it's 7th year! John, Larry Amyett, Eric Fisk, and Bombshell Kitten Daisy O’Dair discuss all things Dieselpunk! Frequent guest appearances from artists, writers, and other creators of Dieselpunk!
    • Tales From The Flip-Side – Johnny’s weekly solo podcast focused on Johnny's adventures in and out of costume: Ghost encounters, weird finds, and personal stories from the road!
    • COMIXSTRAVAGANZA - after a three year hiatus, the popular video series returns live from Heroes Wanted in Gallatin TN, and can be seen on BDC TV on YouTube and via Facebook Live every Thursday!

ABOUT THE FOUNDER: John B. Pyka is an award-winning actor, singer, and magician – “Johnny” or “Pyka” to his friends and associates. He is a lifelong comic reader and collector, a Star Wars “freakasaurus”, pro wrestling personality, and movie fanatic, but is best known for his work onstage as the new vintage variety artist "Big Daddy Cool", fusing music and magic with comedy and dance in a 1920s – 1940s style in what is described as “Dieselpunk.” He can be seen performing in theaters, at festivals and cons around the country. He has been seen previously as an official guest/performer at Geekonomicon, Midsouth Con, Indy Pop Con, Nashville Comic Festival, River City Comic Expo, Fandom Fest Louisville, GMX, Imaginarium and many more!

John's character “Big Daddy Cool” is also the subject of the Dieselpunk pulp adventure series, Tales From the Flip-Side from Pro Se Press and he is the producer and co-host of the Dieselpunk Podcast, (15,000 weekly downloads) on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, and as the host of the Tales From The Flip-Side podcast on iTunes and YoutTube!

$34 of $250 per month
Our goal is to reach $250 per month to be able to secure an offsite broadcast and rehearsal studio in Gallatin, TN. 
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