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Nicholas Da Silva is the founder and creative director/producer of ZOOLOOK, an independent new media agency and publishing house established in 1996. Nicholas develops entertainment properties that promote a multicultural experience. Lack of positive multicultural heroes and fictional characters in American literature prompted Nicholas to publish two comic book series; HITLESS and Dread & Alive.HITLESS, a multicultural spy thriller published in 2007, was the first digital comic book/music series produced for the fourth generation iPOD and SONY PSP.The award winning series got Nicholas featured in Web Designer Magazines HOT 100 for 2008 three times. On February 6, 2010, the 65th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birthday, Nicholas released issue #1 of his Dread & Alive series, in comic book format, inspired by the Maroons of Jamaica and the music of reggae legends like Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, Third World and Burning Spear. Nicholas recently released BOOK One of Dread & Alive, the novel. He is currently writing BOOK Two and Three of the 3-part saga. The series will be release as Dread & Alive: A Hero’s Journey.
Nancy D. Tolson received a MA (African World Studies) and PhD (College of Education) specializing in the history and culture of African Diaspora folklore & Black children’s literature. Nancy has been a Fulbright scholar in Cape Coast, Ghana, where she taught Primary Education, while pursuing her research on West African folklore. Presently, she is an associate professor at Mitchell College (New London, CT).She specializes in children’s literature, storytelling and African / African American literature. She is the author of Black Children’s Literature Got de Blues: The Creativity of Black Writers and Illustrators (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2008) and Tales of Africa (Logan Iowa: Perfection Learning Corporation, 1999)
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