Readers of all ages can check out the work of SVA alumni in two new publications. For the young set, thereâ€™s Lightship (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books) by Brian Floca (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay), which tells the story of the â€śfloating lighthousesâ€ť that used to guide ships to harbor. The lightships have been out of operation since 1983, but Floca brings them back with ink-and-watercolor illustrations of real-life ships, such as the Ambrose and the Ardizzone.
Younger and older readers alike can try issue #1 of Nihilist-Man and His Amazing Friends, inked by Al Nickerson (BFA 1989 Media Arts). The comic book collects four stories featuring Nihilist-Man, a character Nickerson created in 1987. Each of the tales simultaneously celebrates classic super-hero comics and gently pokes fun at the stereotypes of the genre.
Image: Brian Floca, cover of Lightship, 2007.