Nicholas Da Silva is an award-winning mixed-media artist who produces his craft under the alias, ZOOLOOK.
A diehard comic book fan and an avid reader of fiction/sci-fi novels growing up in the U.S., Nicholas Da Silva (ZOOLOOK) was disappointed in the lack of black heroic characters in American culture and literature. Coming from a diverse background, he promised to change that by meshing cultural facts with fiction. The result was the creation of two comic book series, Dread & Alive and HITLESS.
Dread & Alive, brainstormed during his early teen years, is a Jamaican-inspired mixed-media series spanning comic books, novels and music created, written, and published by ZOOLOOK.
HITLESS™, published in 2007, was the first digital comic book/music series produced for the fourth-generation iPod and SONY PSP. The series featured an original soundtrack produced as the background theme for the comic book series. The award-winning series got Nicholas featured in Web Designer Magazines HOT 100 for 2008 three times. It also garnered Nicholas a Web Designer issue (#143), where he shared his creative vision to the masses. Adobe selected Nicholas Da Silva as 1 of 100 chosen designers from 6 million designers worldwide to be called the Chosen One by Adobe in 2008.
In 2011, the Glyph Awards nominated Nicholas for the Rising Star category for his work with Dread & Alive. He’s also been featured in Riddim Magazine (Germany) and is the only 4-time recipient of Web Designer Magazine’s HOT 100 honors (2008-2011). Nicholas has also appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, and AfroPunk.
He is currently the founder and publisher of IRIE, the global reggae music platform spanning magazine, tv, and music. In November 2018, Nicholas published his 100th issue of IRIE, featuring the bad boys of reggae, Inner Circle.
Nicholas is currently working on his next story arc for his Dread & Alive series, entitled Nine Night. Nine Night is a comic book maxi-series featuring 12 chapters published in graphic novel format. The supernatural horror series includes a script for an episodic tv series based on the comic book series.
When Nicholas is not in his studio, you can find the mixed-media artist traveling the globe, covering the reggae music scene for IRIE Magazine. He also enjoys sampling cuisine from different countries, reading comic books, and watching movies that don’t suck.