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Illustration Chair Works on Popular "Lightning Thief" Release

Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Gazette Note New Release

Posted 11.01.10 by MICA communications

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The Lightning Thief, coloring by Jose Villarrubia '83

For those who love the stories of Percy Jackson and his fantastical imagination, author Rick Riordan is turning the first in his written series into an action-packed graphic novel. Joining the creative team with Riordan is MICA Illustration Department Chair José Villarrubia '83, who did the coloring alongside author Robert Venditti and Attila Futaki, who did pencils and inks.

The Lightning Thief, which was made into a full-length feature film earlier this year, was released with vibrantly colored imagery on Oct. 12. The Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly and others have hyped this as a big release for the holiday shopping season. The Gazette interviewed Villarrubia and other local artists who "bring heroes, villains to life."

Villarrubia, an Eisner Award-nominated colorist, has worked on projects, including Young X-Men, Crossing Midnight and Halo Uprising.