What's new news:
-March 23, 2016:
On March 17th, the School of Visual Arts and the National Cartoonist Society presented the Will Eisner Week Event: THE WILL EISNER INFLUENCE (a talk with Mr. Eisner's former students at SVA). The moderator of the event was Ed Steckley (Reuben Award winning illustrator, President of the National Cartoonist Society Manhatten Chapter). Our host was Eric Ingram (SVAís Comic Arts Librarian). The event went very well. I was so honored to be part of the panel that included such well-known comic book powerhouses. We chatted about Will Eisnerís contribution to comics, Will as a teacher, as well as Willís optimism about the medium and its validity as a literary form.
Photo (from left to right): Joe Quesada (Illustrator, Former Editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics), Joey Cavalieri (Writer, DC Comics Senior Editor), Al Nickerson (Writer and artist of AN ACT OF FAITH), John Holmstrom (Underground cartoonist and founder of PUNK magazine) and Paul Levitz (Writer, Former President of DC Comics and author of WILL EISNER CHAMPION OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL).
There's more information and photos of the event here.
-December 18, 2015:
Hollywood Jesus just did a review of AN ACT OF FAITH!
Nickerson does a wonderful job of telling his readers the story of the Ark, allowing these books to be great gifts, even for kids who maybe donít know a lot about the Bible. Combined with characters that are easy to relate to, even if they are superheroes, and highly detailed drawings. Graphic Novels live and die by how the drawings add to the story and the An Act of Faith series does not disappoint. Characters are distinct and unique, and the world they inhabit is crisp and fun.
-December 17, 2015:
This week's edition of THE PHOTO NEWS has a nice article about my career and the art exhibit featuring my artwork from AN ACT OF FAITH. I'm feeling the love!
-December 3, 2015:
The exhibit of some of my artwork from my graphic novel series, AN ACT OF FAITH, is now on display at the Monroe Free Library. The exhibit will run for the month of December. Thanks to Ian for taking the photos and for installing the artwork. And thanks to the Monroe Free Library for all of their support.
-November 25, 2015:
The Monroe Free Library framed some of my original artwork for the exhibit in December. The artwork is from my AN ACT OF FAITH graphic novel series. Thanks to Ian for taking the photos.
-October 30, 2015:
I had stopped by the Monroe Free Library to show the library folks the color pieces. (Artistic Images did an amazing job with the printing.) For the exhibit, also, the Monroe Free Library will be framing black-and-white original artwork from AN ACT OF FAITH. I'm really hoping that God somehow uses this exhibit. It'll be great to see some Christian artwork out there in the world. Anyway, the photo above was taken from my trip to the library. Thanks to Ian for taking the photo. The exhibit will be held at the Monroe Free Library for the month of December.
-October 30, 2015:
AN ACT OF FAITH #1-9 are on sale at iVerse Media. Each issue costs $1.99. You can download the app here at the Apple store. If youíre not using an app and prefer to download and read the comics on the web, you can do that, too. There are preview pages for each comic at iVerse Media. Plus, there are links below to preview the comics here, as well.
-September 19, 2015: In December, the Monroe Free Library will be exhibiting some of my original artwork from AN ACT OF FAITH. Although, that piece of original artwork (from AN ACT OF FAITH #5) on the Photo News website will not be part of this particular exhibit. That page of artwork is planned to be on display elsewhere (more details to follow on that exhibit).
-June 22, 2015:
This photo was taken a few weeks back. Lunch at New Paltzís The Gilded Otter with (clockwise) Marc Goldner, Rachel Korsen, (The Great) Ron Ferdinand, me (the dope waving), and Joe Staton (The Nicest Guy in Comics) where we discussed THE SUNDAY COMICS and other comics related topics. A fine meal with lots of laughs. We chatted about working in comics, a little bit about comic book inking, and a bit more about comic book creatorís rights. (I did curb my enthusiasm concerning the last topic... which Iím sure one fellow comics creator may have been happy about.) Marc and Rachel shared news about their recent visit to the Reuben Awards. We even discussed some of the hip television shows based on comic books and super-heroes. I seem to not be much of a fan. (Sorry, Ron.) Unfortunately, I did make a flub by accidentally spoiling an episode of THE FLASH TV series. (Sorry, Rachel.)
-January 31, 2015: Andrew Rowland and I had a nice, lengthy discussion concerning comics and art. We talked about AN ACT OF FAITH, the comic book industry, working in comics, and my teaching about the art of making comics. You can listen to the interview here or at YouTube.
-January 13, 2015: At YA CAN'T ERASE INK..., I posted the "Comics is Comics" editorial from AN ACT OF FAITH #9. It chronicles the "Creator-owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics)" panel held at the Special Edition: NYC comics convention. The panel featured a discussion between me, Michael Allred, and Kurt Busiek. Following that is a correspondence between Dave Sim and me concerning current talks on comic book Creator's Rights.
-December 1, 2014: August 28th was Jack Kirbyís birthday! In celebration, Hero Initiative held their "Wake Up and Draw" day event. I was asked to participate. So, I drew Nemish-Man smacking a slimy-looking Skrull! At least, I hope that it's a Skrull. Hero Initiative posted my illustration on E-Bay for auction.
All proceeds go to charity.
-November 17, 2014: The Great Commission Transmission Network did a podcast about using comics to share the Gospel. They opened the podcast with the mentioning of me and AN ACT OF FAITH.
-August 28, 2014: Today is Jack Kirbyís birthday! In celebration, Hero Initiative is doing their "Wake Up and Draw" day event!
From Hero Initiativeís Jim McLauchlin:
On Aug. 28, DRAW! Draw whatever you likeópretty girls, established characters, monkeys, etc. Our ONLY proviso is that you keep content PG-13 at most. We'd like to show these to everyone÷and then auction off to benefit Hero Initiative!
I was asked to participate in "Wake Up and Draw." So, I drew Nemish-Man smacking a slimy-looking Skrull! At least, I hope that it's a Skrull...
-August 18, 2014: I did an interview with the friendly folks at Graphicly Christian. We chatted about AN ACT OF FAITH, my career in comics, and Christian entertainment (or the lack thereof).
-June 16, 2014: Here's a photo that was Tweeted by someone during the "Creator-owned Comics (vs. Corporate-owned Comics)" panel of myself, Michael Allred, and Kurt Busiek.
-February 28, 2014: I was interviewed by Christian Comic Books in "I Interview Al Nickerson!!" In the interview, I discussed AN ACT OF FAITH and my career in comics. Thereís even some previews pages to AN ACT OF FAITH #8 (which goes on sale in April).
-December 15, 2013: Christian Comic Books has created two videos concerning my comic book series, AN ACT OF FAITH. "Christian Comic Books - An Act Of Faith Ė Preview" is a video with preview pages from AN ACT OF FAITH #1-6. "Christian Comic Books - An Act Of Faith - Plus News" gives a mention to the comic book series. I like the part where AN ACT OF FAITH is an "amazing story of faith, action, and best buds." These videos are impressive, and so very flattering.
-October 22, 2013: I did a radio interview with The Voyce radioís program, The Cosmic Portal. In the interview, I discussed my comic, AN ACT OF FAITH. We talked about my career in comics, the artists that have inspired me, and the comic books that have influenced me as a young reader. I was asked about the trend of adapting comics and comic book characters into film, which gave me an opportunity to talk about comic book Creatorís Rights.
-October 2, 2013: THE CHRISTIAN POST has an article titled "Should Gospel Be Preached in Comics and Art? Artists Challenge Traditional Evangelism." I was interviewed for the article. I discussed my comic, AN ACT OF FAITH, and the importance that comics have in telling powerful stories. I didn't realize that this article had been posted already. Although, they didnít exactly get the name of my comic right.
-April 24, 2013: Sunday Comic Book did a quick video review of AN ACT OF FAITH #2.
-March 30, 2013: My interview with JC-TVís "Hot Off The Press" television show is now posted on TBN's website (www.itbn.org). In the interview, I discussed my comic, AN ACT OF FAITH, and other comics-related subjects.
-March 24, 2013: I was interviewed by R-Squared Comicz. In the interview I discuss AN ACT OF FAITH, Sequential Art, Christian comics, and my career.
-March 10, 2013: Clash Entertainment posted a Career Interview with me at their website. In the interview, I discuss AN ACT OF FAITH, my career, and I give advice to aspiring cartoonists. AN ACT OF FAITH #2 should go on sale at the end of March!
-January 18, 2013: CLASH Entertainment gave a nice mention of AN ACT OF FAITH. But, remember, issue #1 goes on sale in February.
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About the Comic:
AN ACT OF FAITH introduces Rebecca Stern as she begins her career as a superhero. What will happen when our young heroine joins forces with Nemish-Man, Kid-Cockroach, and Professor Jack in retrieving the Sword of Eden (the legendary sword used by angels to keep Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden). In their adventures, our heroes battle demons, zombies, a bunch of ninja, and other supervillains. And how will these superheroes cope when they must combat mythological villains such as Count Orlok or the Green Knight? If that ainít enough, will our heroes be capable of locating Noahís Ark?
About the Author:
Al Nickerson is a comic book self-publisher and artist for DC Comics and Archie Comic Publications. Al is also a professor at the State University of New York teaching Sequential Art: Comics Illustration.
AN ACT OF FAITH is published by Messianic Comics. Copyright 2015 Albert Gordon Nickerson Jr. AN ACT OF FAITH (including all prominent characters featured within the publication), its logo and all character likenesses are trademarks of Albert Gordon Nickerson Jr. Messianic Comics is a trademark of Albert Gordon Nickerson Jr. P.I.C. TOONS is a trademark of P.I.C. RAK-KOR trademark and copyright 2015 Joe Staton and Albert Gordon Nickerson Jr. Ya Can't Erase Ink... logo created by T.J. Adamowicz, and used with Blambot Comic Fonts & Lettering. All rights reserved, Fan-boy! So don't swipe anything!!! Nothing may be reprinted or transmitted in whole or part without permission from Albert Gordon Nickerson Jr. Any similarity to persons living or dead, without satirical intent, is purely coincidental.