Tito W. James: You’ve worked on several titles with Art Baltazar, including Aw Yeah Comics and Tiny Titans. How do you approach creating humor in comics?
Franco: I don’t know, it just comes out of my head that way. People usually tell me I’m funny or funny-looking. So that usually translates over to the comic page.
TWJ: What were some of your early influences?
F: I read all the superhero comics. But I think my humor really came from Looney Tunes. To this day, whenever people ask me who my favorite actor is, I always say Bugs Bunny. I always found his shorts to be really funny and he was a big part of my childhood.
TWJ: Do you incorporate Looney Tunes into your work in terms of the comedic timing?
F: Pretty much, yeah. If you watched Bugs Bunny when you were a kid you thought it was funny because he hit Elmer Fudd with a frying pan. Then you watch it as an adult and you’re like, “Did Bugs Bunny say what I just thought he said?” And he did!
So, there’s elements of that in our books so you can read it as a kid and it’s funny because the slapstick stuff is there. Then you read it as an adult and there’s some subtle humor in there only adults would get.
TWJ: What are some of your artistic influences?
F: I just like all different styles of art. Shapes, lines, and colors. I like a little bit of everything.
TWJ: Do you have any advice for creators who want to make all-age titles?
I’d like to thank Franco for taking the time for this interview. You can find more of his work at AwYeahComics.com.