Free Comic Book Day 2013

Free Comic Book Day 2013 is fast approaching and we are set to give out more than 3000 comics this year. Here is a list of this years special guests.

froshy copyKevin Thayer is a Bywater area artist who started drawing as a result of his comics and cartoon addiction when he was a snot nosed kid. Later during his college years in upstate New York, not far from The Xavier mansion, he did an internship with legendary british artist and hard ass Barry Windsor Smith. His work has shown locally and in galleries across the U.S. He’s been published in magazines including Bizarre, I Want Your Skull , Offbeat Mag and his own zine “Modern Panic”. His work is also in books such as Art of Electric Frankenstein, Fist Full of Rock, & Carnivora- The Dark Art of the Automobile.

Kurt Amacker rose from the nether realms of New Orleans in 1980. The place hasn’t been quite right since. He graduated from Loyola University in 2002 and had a stint with the Marine Corps that ended honorably in 2004. During that time, he began writing his first comic book miniseries—a bit of supernatural-noir-pulp called Dead Souls. He followed that with the urban fantasy mini-epic Immortal: 60, and Tad Caldwell and the Monster Kid—an original graphic novel that hearkens back to the family adventure films of the 1980s. Most recently, Amacker has co-written the official comic book miniseries for the Finnish Gothic rock band, The 69 Eyes, after meeting the band in 2009. Entitled The 69 Eyes: Helsinki Vampires, the series will run as three prestige format graphic novels, with the first available at Wizard World. Amacker’s writing has garnered praise from Alan Moore, Victor Gischler, Hart Fisher, and Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Sabrina, and their two cats. When not writing comics, he coordinates the yearly Fangtasia vampire ball in New Orleans, with Jyrki 69 of the 69 Eyes. He promises that only some of the rumors are true. You can read more
Lewis Aleman is the author of the vampire series, The Anti-Vampire Tale; the dark literary thriller, Cold Streak; and the time travel thriller, Faces in Time. Aleman’s books have been Amazon Bestsellers, Kindle Bestsellers, and #1 in Myspace Books. Lewis Aleman has been voted Best Local Author by Jefferson Life Magazine, and he has been a special guest author at The Anne Rice VLFC Ball, The Undead Con, The Stan Lee Comikaze Expo, and The Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con. He has also been a judge for Scholastic writing contests on several occasions, and he frequently gives talks at schools about writing and how to succeed in a creative field.
Aleman graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Creative Writing, and he resides just outside of New Orleans. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught high school english for 5 years. Currently, he is fast at work completing The Anti-Vampire Tale series, which will be followed by the first book in a realistic fantasy series, entitled A Brother, A Drunkard, and Something Odd.
tedd walleyTedd M. Walley was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been drawing (and reprimanded for drawing) since the early age of eight. Not one to pass up the opportunity to put a doubter in their place, he earned college degrees in advertising design and commercial art and has since been plying his creativity and talents in those fields in a variety of ways for almost twenty years for the likes of Elmer’s candy, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, Blue Plate Mayo, Luzianne, JFG, Wick Fowler’s, Zatarain’s, Tony Chachere’s, Adler’s Jewelers, Rubenstein Bros, and Inside Northside magazine.

Much like the city he calls home, Tedd is a mish-mash of colorful history, which has included celebrity bodyguard work, graphic designer for an advertising agency, t-shirt artist for rock bands, advice columnist, non-Katrina evacuee, and now college professor and comic book writer/artist.

Tedd continues to make his home in New Orleans, LA on Bayou St. John where he balances a career as a college professor of computer graphic design, graphic design, cartoon and traditional illustration [Delgado, City Park Campus] with his personal life, pursuit of a BFA in animation, and publishing duties for his comic book Mathilda™. It is free to read online at



Kevin P. Johnson is an independent comic book artist by night and graphic designer by day. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated with a BA in visual arts with a minor in graphic design.

In August of 2008 Kevin released his first webcomic, an all ages superhero comic called Strange City Heroes. The comic is a silly fun superhero comic with a large cast of heroes and villains that has the feel of the simpler comics of the golden and silver age. Strange City Heroes will soon be replaced by The Adventures of the Golden Cape (The main character of SCH) hopefully by the summer of 2013, The comic will continue to come out on the same website at

Strange City Heroes currently has 9 issues in printed form. Kevin hopes to release additional comic books in 2013, a reworking of the mini-comic Little Ghostly Ted and new comics Killer-Monster Killer and The Mundane. The new titles are planned to be print only with a possible digital downloadable version.

Kevin also has a blog called Ahhh! Monsters featuring his art and sketches of many different monsters famous and not so famous you can find that at

Kevin lives in Metairie, Louisiana. You can find Kevin spending entirely too much time on Facebook.


forlinkedinSamantha Grimm Hallenus is an award winning artist that has participated in many Louisiana art shows. Her work has been selected for awards by the Metairie Art Guild and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. Her work was selected for inclusion in the 2002 Louisiana Art & Artists’ Guild 33rd Annual River Road Show and their 2004 River Road Show. She has had works also selected for St. Tammany Art Association shows.  She has been a member in several local art societies in Louisiana.

Her watercolor “Flowers To Brighten the Day” was selected by the Keyes Gallery in Missouri for one of their juried shows. She was selected to participate in the Recycle 4 the Arts – Worn Again Project 2008. She has had paintings selected LWS’s juried shows and has also participated in other art events not limited to Banned Book Day at BSI Comics, Poydras Home, and Grey Cross Studios.


Mark's photo Mark Rhodes has been a fan of comic books and an artist most of his life. Mark grew up and attended high school in Slidell. Wanting to persue a career in the arts, he attended Delgado Community College in New Orleans and graduated with an associates degree in commercial art. A few years later, attending Southeastern Louisiana University, majoring in art education and graphic design. Mark soon found work as a graphic designer for newspapers and advertising agencies across the Northshore. After finding many friends though Facebook, who where drawing and publishing their own comics on the internet, he felt that it was finally time to realize his dream of drawing his own comic.
Mark’s comic is about the modern city of Olympia, where the mythical gods of old return to modern day and fight to save their city from the forces of evil. The comic will feature gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Medusa, Thor, Hercules, and many more. The look of each god has been reimagined  look like superheroes and villains. Mark’s work is inspired by the artists that he grew up reading, such as Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, and Manga art.

578994_10151088035361611_280197886_nChris Marino is a New Orleans based comic book creator most recently noted as the creator, writer, and artist of Mucho Man, an ongoing digital comic book series.

Equal parts distorted fringe science, outrageous stereotype, and over-the-top action, Mucho Man is a constant cavalcade of comic book calamity. This superhero farce packs its (virtual) pages with powerful protagonists, pulverizing punches and partially pilfered plot lines.

“If you want 1970’s masked wrestlers who will kick your door down and kill your living fish, then read this comic!!” – Jake Estrada, The Broken Infinite


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The 2 in 1 Showcase Podcast has run weekly at since 2007. Every week, Blake Petit and a rotating stable of co-hosts discuss comic books, movies, television and all things pop culture, from the latest news to in-depth analysis and everything in between. It’s like hanging around a comic shop debating with your friends. New episodes appear every weekend at CXPulp.


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