Readers of all ages can check out the work of SVA alumni in two new publications. For the young set, there’s Lightship (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books) by Brian Floca (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay), which tells the story of the “floating lighthouses” 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.