Omaha Artist Series: Kristopher Rosa

Art is a powerful thing. It is a way to tell stories without words and interpretation is always welcome. It takes time to create, much like change.

Kristopher Rosa invites this type of thinking into his work. From a very young age Rosa developed an interest in animals while trying to develop his artistic style, “When I was about five  years old living in California, my cousin Cole and I would always draw sharks and sea creatures. He got me into art. In 2009, I decided to go to college for art and graphic design, I took figure drawing and painting classes for two semesters. That kind of got me in the groove.”

Rosa has transformed both of these passions into a platform to create a message of preservation.


“In recent years I’ve been hearing about animal abuse. Animals near extinction, global warming, everything that is effecting the bees, frogs, everything! My personal belief is that animals aren’t just animals. They are creatures of the same earth.”

Using both images of strength, majesty, and mindfulness Rosa hopes to become involved with organizations that can donate and raise awareness for broader audiences.

To see more of Kristopher Rosa’s work  you can find him on Instagram and his website.

Don’t forget to check out our Rosa favorites in our gallery!


Omaha Artist Series: Christopher Couse

Quirky, thoughtful, and always reminding Omaha to stay “good-weird”, Pennsylvanian transplant, Christopher Couse is always on the artistic move.

You can find some of his current work at the Bemis Benefit Art Auction, but he’s also been a part of the Tiny Mural Project, and just finished up an exhibition at Petshop gallery featuring iconic chairs in the pop culture realm.

Much of Couse’s work acts as commentary, often playing off advertisements and weaving together elements of collage, illustration, and photography along with comedic angst to tell a narrative.14716281_1601499023479450_6273992219171266209_n

“A lot of my style comes from drawing inspiration from collagists, early pop-art works, street art, and growing up with a lot of great cartoons in the 90’s. But I also get really energized and inspired by looking at lot of contemporary peers, local and international.”

To see more of Couse’s projects, and keep track of his current and upcoming exhibitions and events you can find him on his websiteInstagram, and  Facebook.

To see some of 13th Floor’s favorite Couse works, see here!

Omaha Artist Series: Erin Pille

Gifted with talent in both pen and pun, Pille is making a way for herself in the Omaha design field. Born and raised in Nebraska, she began playing around in the lettering field during her time at Metro Community College and says she “really found her niche”.

Since graduating she has worked a “spattering of jobs” but currently resides at Fruitful Design in the Benson area.


“My job is hand lettering, which just involves creating new and interesting ways of arranging letters to communicate in a beautiful and (hopefully) effective way. Sometimes the end result is a logo, other times it’s just a stand alone piece. As for mediums, the possibilities are really endless, but I most often use a paper and pen and then take it into the computer to finish and tweak.”

What started out as a side project turned into something much larger as Pille created a punny spud by the name of Potato Sadly in the spring of 2015. Since then, the little guy has made his way around town in both galleries and coffee shops, as well as his very own instagram!


If you’d like to see more of Erin and her work she can be found on Instagram, and in our  gallery!

Discovering Omaha Early, Afternoon, and Tonight

Early Afternoon Tonight is an Omaha based talk show styled podcast interviewing people from various creative scenes throughout the city. As founder Karl puts it, the goal of the podcast is to help “Omaha learn more about Omaha”.

Episodes air every Sunday, and 13th Floor’s very own Kellie Hayden will join Karl along with musician Topher Booth to to talk about their projects and personal lives.

Early Afternoon Tonight is available on iTunes, soundcloud, and their website.

The show is very new, with only one episode under it’s belt, but host Karl and his partner Eric show their Midwestern hospitality through a good sense of humor and charm that makes for a comfortable listen. We can’t wait to see what’s in the future for the show!

For more social media connection to Early Afternoon Tonight, you can find them on  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Fall 2016 Edition and eBook On Sale!


Hello, 13th Floor here and we’ve got a deal for you!

Our new edition is finally ready and we’ve got not just one cover but TWO!

That’s right, folks, we loved the art that was submitted so much that we just couldn’t decide!

We’ve got the Nerd cover by Courtney Kenny Porto and Foresight by Cangshu Gran.




If eBooks are more your style, then you’re in luck! This edition and all back ordered editions are FREE to download the week of August 22-26th.

Both versions, along with all eBooks  will be available starting today at our shop. All purchases go to furthering publication, so as always we want to thank you for your continued support.


We will also have a special surprise coming up concerning this issue, so keep your eyes peeled for details on that coming soon!


10 Image Comics That Are Worth 1000 Words

Although you can bet that I’ll be in every dark theater for the DC smash hits, or participating in every conversation about Marvel’s ever-growing mad universe, you won’t find me actually flipping through the pages of their works. Classic comic culture has never struck me on the page, even with brilliant adaptations like Jessica Jones or Deadpool, yet the content from Image Comics keeps me engrossed, enthralled, and entertained with every panel.


Most of Image’s content isn’t what you’re used to seeing. From the gender-bent retelling of ODY-C to the Walking Dead, themes are much darker, dirtier, and down right trippy.

As a lovely writer says in a post about the company on Fusion, “In an industry that’s built on recycled tropes, antiquated characters, and dogmatic tradition, Image has become a mecca for writers and artists of all cultural dispositions who want to pursue their own visions, on their own terms”.

Image is a creator-owned company, different because the works are stories the authors want to tell, not ones their just hired to. If there’s one thing I cannot express enough, it’s my love for a company who allows their talent to explore their passions.



the Wicked + the Divine

Every 90 years various deities are reincarnated as members of what’s known as the Pantheon. They are granted fame and supernatural powers but in two years they will be dead. 

Why it’s good: Its portrayal of today’s pop culture is so accurate it’s almost too hard to handle. From conversations on cracked Iphone screens, to parodies of real idols along with real deities you’ll have to Google, the series brilliantly depicts the damaging effects of celebrity culture as well as showcasing the awkward in-between stages of self-discovery. There is a playful approach to paneling and visual storytelling (not to mention a plethora of tiny background details) that will make your eyes fall in love.




I wish I could say more, but Phonogram in it’s essence, is about how cool music is by literally turning it into a magical element. Volume one is centered around a phonomancer (someone who uses music like casting a spell) named David Kohl on the hunt for his missing Britpop goddess, Britannia. Volume 2 focuses on the phonomancer group, the Singles Club, and each issue is a one shot of each member’s lives. The third volume is a continuation of Singles Club head member Emily’s story of her struggles with her dual-personality.

Why it’s good: Music is cool. But what’s cooler is it’s relation to our lives and the way we interact with it. This comic explores this concept in such an entrancing way that will make you feel spellbound by it’s beautiful art and complex characters.





Set in an alternate future where animal hybrids, robots, and dimension hopping cults are common place, Kate, a once world traveler, must return to her life of adventure after learning about a dark family secret.

Why it’s good: It reads like a movie. An Indiana Jonesesque tale garnished with mythology. The structure flows effortlessly through title scenes, flash backs, and distorted narrator point of view. My favorite elements, however, are background details that act as clues that will have you flipping back through for second, third, and forth looks and there will still be more to find as the story progresses.





A Romeo and Juliet fashioned space drama of  two soldiers from apposing armies falling in love and just trying to have a family..while being hunted by both sides.

Why it’s good: The narrator keeps you hooked. The whole story is told from flashbacks, hinting at a future and a main character we have yet to fully meet. It’s like a much more dramatic How I Met Your Mother. It’s exciting, with charming humor and quirky, ass-kicking characters you will fall in love with.




PaperGirls_Vol01-1   Paper Girls

Set in the ’80s, four teenage girls start their Halloween morning delivering papers and end up dealing with asshole teenagers..or aliens.. or the Rapture?

Why it’s good: It’s sort of Now and Then meets War of the Worlds meets Back to the Future. There is only one volume so far and so there’s a lot of unanswered questions, but the fast paced sci-fi story shouldn’t be passed over. The social commentary about the time period will have you feeling like you’re in on some inside joke while the brilliant building of characters will keep you entranced and asking for more.



Pretty Deadly

The origin story of Death’s bounty hunter daughter told from a dead bunny and his buddy the butterfly.

Why it’s good: I won’t lie, the story can get confusing due to it’s lacking character backstory, but it’s a brilliant blend of the macabre and Western genres. With brilliant artwork and a narrative that reads like prose, it’s like a beautiful nightmare you won’t want to forget.





Sex Criminals

Two people just happen to meet, happen to have sex, and happen to both be able to stop time when they orgasm… so what do they do? Rob a few banks, of course. 

Why it’s good: Did you read that plot summary? While the over arching story is fun and entertaining, there is a lot more depth both in characters and theme. Besides the incredibly well written, original story and successful use of humor, the series does a great job of discussing sex culture in a refreshing and tasteful way most media misses the mark on these days. It’s a good coming of age story with a twist.




The Fade Out

 A story of Hollywood in the Golden Era, a death on a movie set, it’s quick cover up, and the ensuing mystery of it all.

Why it’s good: First and foremost, the art; it’s phenomenally stylized to fit the tone and time period. Secondly, atmosphere. Brubaker captures every element of successful noir storytelling, it’s dark, gritty, sexy, and alluring. I can’t help but think it’s a better Black Dahlia.



RatQueensDeluxeHC_Cover  Rat Queens

An epic of a group of beer drinking, badass ladies who kill anything and everything. 

Why it’s good: It’s made for fans of Tank Girl, Mad Max, and Lord of the Rings. It reads like an RPG, which is great when you’re not looking to get too bogged down in a messy plot. It’s charming and it’s funny. A fun read of random absurdity and sass.






Bitch Planet

“Non-compliant” women are sent to an off planet prison. Insanity and rebellion ensue.

Why it’s good: It’s a feminist commentary on the exploitation of women in prison dramas of the ’60s and ’70s, and it’s done damn well. It’s sort of like Orange is the New Black in space..but way darker..and way raunchier.

In The News: 13th Floor Magazine Wraps Second Round of Submissions

13th Floor Magazine wraps second round of submissions, plans for future

By Hannah Gill, Contributor

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013  in Gateway

The second round of submissions is in and 13th Floor Magazine has begun the editing process.

“We are always trying something new,” Kate Bard, managing editor, said. “We are a budding student art magazine, and we’re just trying to figure everything out as we go.”

The editing process has been changed this year. Instead of one month for editing over a Google Doc open comments forum for editors, Lead Editor Jared Newman has decided to streamline the process. There will be two weeks of editing to select pieces for inclusion and two weeks for copy editing. A minimum of two editors will look at each piece and make recommendations to Newman.

“It was more about having separate opinions and not a debate,” Newman said.

Last year’s process lead to a lot of agreeing and less commentary, Newman shared, and concerns about editors being swayed by other comments before reading the piece, Bard said.
13th Floor Magazine has also decided to create fall and spring issues instead of just one.

“This issue we are working with is a smaller time frame, so we created a production schedule that’s tight and leaves very little room to mess around,” Bard said.

The magazine received 53 total submissions, 26 poems and 27 prose pieces.

“The fact is we got more submission,” Newman said, “I was glad for that because it means we might be gaining momentum.”

They have extended the deadline for art submissions with the hope more will come in. 13th Floor wants to be inclusive of the entire art community at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. For their submissions guidelines, visit the website at

The first volume of 13th Floor Magazine distributed 100 copies, 96 of these free copies from the first promotional week. It is still available on Amazon, at 79 Kindle pages, for $4.99, and has three five-stars ratings.

13th Floor Magazine has another goal this year beyond publication.

“It is a personal goal of mine, and the rest of 13th Floor Magazine’s founding staff, to see this magazine thrive beyond our time and efforts,” Bard said. “We are working to find people who are as passionate as we are about creating an art community on UNO’s campus and to convince them to join our team.”

As the original staff, including Newman and Bard, graduate, they are looking to fill editing positions and continue the magazine’s legacy.

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