Guardians of the Galaxy is coming August 1, and July is going to be a celebration of all things Guardians AND a special benefit art month for Bill Mantlo here at Multiversity. All month, we’ll be posting Guardians-related pieces created by some of our favorite artists, and at the end of the month there will be an auction of many of the pieces of original art to help the man who created Rocket Raccoon, Bill Mantlo. It’s going to be an exciting month, but you can help Bill even if you don’t bid on any art. Read more about Bill and his story here, and if you feel moved to donate to Bill yourself, you can do so by clicking here.
Franco, along with his partner in crime Art Baltazar, are the brains behind “Aw Yeah Comics,” as well as being the champions of all-ages comics the world over. After getting their start self-publishing comics, such as “Patrick the Wolf Boy,” they rose to prominence when they launched “Tiny Titans” in the spring of 2008, which was co-written by the pair and illustrated by Baltazar. They also wrote a number of DC’s all-ages titles, such as “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam” and “Young Justice.” They recently just wrapped up both “Superman Family Adventures” and “The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires” for DC and “Itty Bitty Hellboy” for Dark Horse, and are two issues into “Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse,” a six issue miniseries. They also publish their own series, “Aw Yeah Comics,” own their own comic shops, Aw Yeah Comics (in Skokie, IL) and Alter-Ego Comics (co-owned with Mark Waid in Muncie, IN). You can find Franco at Blindwolf Studios and on Twitter (@awyeahfranco) and you can check out all things Aw Yeah here.
Franco’s uncolored piece will be auctioned off later this summer to benefit Bill Mantlo. Stay tuned for auction information!
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