Special Guests

We are very proud to host some incredibly talented people for this year's event! Check out who you'll be able to meet at Free Comic Book Day 2017.

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Crystal Velasquez - Writer

Just Princesses, Your Life But..., Hunters of Chaos

Crystal Velasquez is the author of the graphic novel Just Princesses, Hunters of Chaos, Hunters of Chaos 2: Circle of Lies, the Your Life . . . series, and four Maya & Miguel books based on the TV show. She has also written six mini comic books in the Grimm's Fairy Tales series under a pen name, and is currently writing new chapter books for young readers. She holds a B.A. in English/creative writing from Penn State University and is a graduate of NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. Having spent nearly two decades as a production editor at Tor Books and Penguin Random House, she is now an editor at Working Partners Ltd. as well as a freelance proofreader and copyeditor. She was born in the Bronx, NY, and now lives in Flushing, Queens.



Joe Del Beato - Artist

G.I. Joe, Insectaurs, MASK

Local comics legend Joe del Beato returns to Free Comic Book Day! Joe is a long time friend of the store and if you’ve been to one our events before you’re sure to remember him. We’re excited to have him back!


Joe is best known for his work on iconic 80’s properties like MASK, Inhumanoids, G.I. Joe, Insectaurs, Visionaries as well as many others. His devotion to the medium of comics has lead him to inspire the next generation of comic artists through his popular class on comic illustrations at the Atlantic City Free Public Library




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Mark Poulton

A Cat Named Haiku, Savage Hawkman, Avengelyn

Mark is freelance comic book creator and children’s book author who most recently worked on Savage Hawkman for DC Comics and Avengelyne for Image Comics. Avengelyne, which Mark relaunched with comics’ legend, Rob Liefeld, currently runs as a webcomic at Keenspot.com. It has gone on to become one of the most popular series around with a readership over 520,000. His children’s book, A Cat Named Haiku, was nominated for Best Single Issue Story in the 2011 Eagle Awards, and was selected to be part of the TogetheRead Program by teachersandfamilies.com. The first A Cat Named Haiku Anthology is in production with haikus from guest contributors such as Sterling Gates, Justin Jordan, Joe Keatinge, Tom King, and Ann Nocenti.  

Mark is best known for his Arcana Studio’s series Koni Waves and its all ages spin-off Koni Konfidential, which center around Koni Kanawai, who investigates the supernatural legends of Hawaii’s rich mythology. The series has been featured on the popular USA Network series, Psych, and has been favorably reviewed by the Hawaii Star Tribune.

Mark is presently hard at work on his next children’s book, The Pizza Tree, with his son Chase.

You can follow Mark on Twitter @koniwaves.