Let me start by saying that I have been an Art Baltazar and Franco fan for many years. I picked up a Patrick the Wolf Boy comic at some point in my history, remember liking it and then not be able to find any more. I did not make the connect that they were the same guys as the ones making the Tiny Titans until a couple of years ago when I bought a bunch of Patrick the Wolf Boy trades from them. So back earlier this year, when they had a Kickstarter to launch their new comic series Aw Yeah Comics, I was all over it. I finally settle at buying the 12 issues plus the 2 annual. The other day I was pleasantly surprised when Aw Yeah Comics #1-3 showed up in the mail.
Aw Yeah Comics is classic Art and Franco. If you are unfamiliar with their work., these guys create smart kids comics that are all about fun. The main characters in this series are Action Cat and Adventure Bug and in their first story they must stop the villainous Evil Cat and his giant pancake. The second story features the first meeting between Action Cat and Adorable Cat as they both search for the Goojie-Nana, a Bigfoot style mythical creature. See I told you smart and fun.
Before the end of the 3 issues we are introduced to Shelly, Awesome Bear, Ghostbug, Daring Dog, Darling Dog and we see them fight Boom-a-Doom, Cell-Phone-Guy, South Paws, the Crafty Beaver, Marquaid and Polar Cycle. It appears Art and Franco have created something for everyone between the covers of an issue of Aw Yeah Comics. Each issue is pack with stories. Usually leading off with a longer piece followed by short 1-4 pagers.
Art and Franco have also brought along their comic pals to help with stories and art. For the most part the art and stories all feel very similar and you almost cannot tell the difference between stories. Art and Franco both have a very simple but dynamic art style. Their storytelling is also quick and to the point. And each of the boys provide some input into each issue, either in the story or art department. Perhaps my favorite non-Art and Franco pieces were created by Denver Brubaker (Tales of the Checkered Man), I hope there are more stories by him in the future.
If you are looking for a first comic for a young child, you could do no better than share Aw Yeah Comics with them (you will enjoy them too.) However at this point Aw Yeah Comics are not available at your local comic chop, so you will either need to go online or find them at a convention to purchase a copy.