Tedd Walley is a comic artist and graphic designer from New Orleans. He has been self-publishing his own comic books since 1999, most notably the series 'Mathilda Book: The Forces of Evil vs The Third Grade' (2001).

Education and commercial career
Ted Walley was born and raised in New Orleans. In 1991 he got his degree in commercial art from Delgado Community College, and in graphic design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1995. Active as a freelance illustrator and designer since 1991, Walley has a long track record in the movie and advertising industry. Through the Hoffman/Miller agency, he designed ad lay-outs, billboards, logos, catalogs, sales kits, package designs, labels and brochures for clients like Adler's Jewelers, Rubenstein Bros, Elmer's candy, Zatarain's, Tony Chachere, Blue Plate, Luzianne, Wick Fowler and Carroll Shelb. Locally, he has provided most of the artwork for the final edition of the New Orleans Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival in 1996. His artwork has been featured in the backgrounds of productions like Zak Knutson's 'Supercon: The Movie' (2018), an episode of 'NCIS: New Orleans' (2017) and in Joe Lynch's Netflix film 'Point Blank' (2019). Walley has designed T-shirt and CD artwork for bands like Blowfly and The Genitorturers, and art posters for the House of Blues, The Misfits, The Reverend Horton Heat and The Endless Night Vampire Ball.

Comic book work
Starting in 1999, Walley has been self-publishing comic books under his Voodoo Maverick Publishing, LLC label. His main character is 'Mathilda', the first born child of Lucifer, who is trained to lead her father's armies. To get out of Hell, she sells her soul to God, who incorporates her into the body of a third grader. To receive redemption, Mathilda must stop her father from destroying all of existence, learn what it means to be human, and pass the third grade. With repentance and acceptance as his major themes, Walley drew inspiration from the philosophical question: "If God is all-forgiving, can he forgive the most evil of beings?"

Walley published the first two comic books in 2001, and has released the stories as both digital and physical graphic novels under the title 'Mathilda Book: The Forces of Evil vs The Third Grade' since 2014. The author takes pride in the fact that he is the longest-running comic book self-publisher in the New Orleans area, without making use of crowdfunding campaigns. He has additionally assisted a couple of other artists in the production of their comics, such as Tim Lattie on 'Night Stars' (2018), but is otherwise fully self-supporting.

Since 2007 Walley is also a teacher in graphic design, computer graphic design, and illustration at Delgado Community College. He also teaches New Orleans' only comic book publishing class at that same college, and won the NISOD Teaching In Excellence Award twice.


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