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AFCD Creator Showcase: Andrea Molinari

Written by The Indie Huntress on Tuesday, April 12 2016 and posted in Features

AFCD Creator Showcase: Andrea Molinari

An introduction of indie creator Andrea Molinari and his comic The Shepherd that he is offering for Alternative Free Comics Day.

Source: Andrea Molinari

Hey everyone! Your indie huntress has returned! Our webmaster Jude Terrorr has been working around the clock to bring Alternative Free Comics Day to life and has enlisted me for assistance. What is Alternative Free Comics Day (AFCD), you ask? Well let me tell you more about that! It is an event that we here at The Outhouse have decided to host. The idea came from Jude last year, while he was investigating claims that small publishers were being forced out of Free Comic Book Day. Jude couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone from Diamond or otherwise about the matter and decided to take matters into his own hands. Thus, Alternative Free Comics Day was born. Jude made the point of,

"anyone who wants to offer free comics should be able to do so. Free comic book day doesn't just have to be limited to Diamond distributing. It's 2016, we have the internet. Let's make a digital free comic day for independent creators." He added that, "we aren't knocking Free Comic Book Day. It is an important event for comics and a great deal for all involved. Alternative Free Comics Day is going to be available so that anyone who wants to participate, can."

Alternative Free Comics Day is a not-for-profit organization that solely exists to help creators get their comics into the hands of more fans and colleagues. The site will belong to everyone involved and also be featured on multiple websites. It is our mission to strengthen the community of independent creators everywhere. We encourage you to take part of this movement and connect with your fellow creators to broaden your horizons and expand your reach among new fans. To make this work we need YOUR help in sharing this project as much as possible. The more creators we have involved and sharing it on social media, the more success we will have. While the deadline is a bit short for this year, the following years will be even stronger. Our site has been open a mere week and we already have several participants. Which leads me to this article here. As a part of promoting Alternative Free Comics Day, we are featuring various creators involved in the site. Today we are introducing a father/son team: Andrea and Roberto Molinari

Tell us about yourself and/or your company. 

Andrea Lorenzo Molinari and his son Roberto Xavier Molinari are co-creators and writers of The Shepherd: Apokatastasis.

Andrea is a professor, specializing in ancient Christian literature and history (1st through 5th centuries). He is particularly interested in ancient apocalypses, otherworldly journeys (celestial or infernal), as well as other supernatural topics such as demonology and angel lore. He is the author of four other books, among them an illustrated novel, Climbing the Dragon's Ladder: The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas (Wipf and Stock, 2006). Roberto is an English major in his junior year at University of South Florida, Tampa.

First Picture with The Shepherd and its co-creators

What comic will you be offering for the event? 

We are offering Issue 1 (of 5) of The Shepherd: Apokatastasis. This is the "origin story" so to speak for our ongoing series with Caliber Comics (Canton, MI), The Shepherd. The basic story proceeds as follows:

After Professor Lawrence Miller's teenage son Val's tragic death from a drug overdose, he cannot shake the sense that his son's soul is lost and wandering between heaven and earth. Grieving and deeply disturbed, he makes a fateful decision to commit suicide, electing to pursue his son into the afterlife. Lawrence's soul awakens and immediately encounters his deceased father who has arrived to greet him in order to help him transition over. However, Lawrence rejects his father's offer, choosing instead to stay in the 'seam,' the middle ground between heaven and earth, so that he can find his son and seek retribution. Lawrence embarks on his search for Val, beginning at his son's grave. But as Lawrence begins to wage a brutal campaign of retribution against those responsible for the drugs that killed Val, his existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger... and his instinctive knowledge that he has lost his own way.

Shepherd Issue 2 page 13 colored

Who are the members of the creative team on this book? 

CREATIVE TEAM for The Shepherd: Apokatastasis

Andrea Lorenzo Molinari (writer/ creator)

Roberto Xavier Molinari (writer/ creator) –

Ryan Showers (pencils/ inks) -

Heather Breckel (colorist) –

Jacob Bascle (letters and logo design) –

NOTE: The COLORS for the COVERS for Issues 4 and 5 were done by Mike Stefan. Stefan is a comic book and digital colorist who goes by the name Scar. He works for Scattered Comics Studios.

Creative direction and art production services for The Shepherd: Apokatastasis were provided by Jason Dube and Scattered Comics Studios of Sacramento, CA

Where can you be reached at if people want to know more about you or your work?

Websites and Social Media for The Shepherd:

Caliber Comics:



Twitter: Andrea L Molinari @ShepherdCaliber

Instagram: andrealmolinari


If you want to participate in Alternative Free Comics Day, you can sign up here:

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Here is a little ad that is my official comic debut, thanks to my wonderful partner, William Ripamonti. Without him, much of my writing wouldn't see the light of day.

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