Black in Space
IRIE Magazine founder and Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Da Silva has an alter-ego. He is also a multidisciplinary artist and musician known professionally as ZOOLOOK. As ZOOLOOK, he has designed and developed many IPs considered ahead of their time. On December 18, 2000, he coined the phrase ‘I Want My FlashTV,’ and six months later, FlashTV was born. The site was a viral hit and garnered ZOOLOOK media coverage on television (Technow TV and Call for Help) and design magazines, including Computer Arts, WebDesigner Magazine, and .Net, to name a few.
In 2007, ZOOLOOK bought his first SONY PSP, and instead of buying games to play, he explored how he could create digital comic books to view on the popular device. He was the first to achieve this feat by introducing his spy thriller series, HITLESS, with two free issues for his fans to enjoy.
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
He also authored the book ‘Flash Filmmaking 101’ in April 2008 and produced Flash tutorials for WebDesigner Magazine for artists looking to push the boundaries of their design skills using Flash. Flash Filmmaking 101 is the ideal guide for traditional animators, students, and independent Flash animators interested in making the jump from Web to television and film. This unique book provides you with a complete step-by-step process for producing your own one minute Flash short for television animation and other media–something no other Flash book on the market does. Get ready to conquer the skills that you need to take your Flash project from concept to completion. The accompanying CD-ROM includes complete source files for the projects in the book.
In December 2009, ZOOLOOK produced the graphic novel for Jimmy Blondell and David Krintzman’s urban series, Black Jesus. ZOOLOOK connected with the story and its characters.
Logline: What happens when someone is born different? Are they accepted? And if they are accepted, what are they accepted as? Chris was born with special gifts, and every individual has their own beliefs. Is Chris a Mutant or a Messiah?
A year later, he would introduce his first comic book series in print format to the world, Dread & Alive, the first superhero comic book with a Jamaican as the protagonist, thus making it culturally relevant and boldly revolutionary in its undertaking. It’s also the first reggae comic book with a reggae soundtrack.
Dread & Alive follows Drew McIntosh before, during and after being empowered by a sacred amulet created by the ancient Jamaican Maroons.
“I am the Conquering Lion, protector of the animal world to which all humans belong. – Drew McIntosh”
Though his daily schedule remained busy, ZOOLOOK always found time to make music. That’s because music has always been a part of his life and creative world. ZOOLOOK believes that art and sound are intertwined and that unique ideas can come to life when you fuse the mediums.
He has been planning and dreaming of an album series that he describes as being out of this world. ZOOLOOK introduces STONEFRENGE: Black in Space, a nine-track dub reggae music experience. The official digital release date is February 29, 2024 (Leap Day). He will also release a vinyl album as a Limited Edition run on April 20, 2024, followed by the release of a vinyl toy series on July 10, 2024.
In the spring of 2024, ZOOLOOK will wrap up his final semester of film school. He’ll then begin working on Dread & Alive: Concrete Jungle with the film production of issue #1 of the comic series. He will also release a nine-track reggae album for the series in the fall of 2024. If that weren’t enough, ZOOLOOK plans to produce a 4-track EP release featuring the animated band IRIE with artists Zoe Mazah and Razaman!
IRIE invites you to discover the creative world of ZOOLOOK, including his music, which is available on all digital distributors.