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Pug ~It's A Dog's Life~

The Star Of "It's A Dog's Life"

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Tony Franco and Friends

Group picture of Tony Franco with his "friends".

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It's a Dog's Life

Merchandise design depicting cast of It's a Dog's Life.

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It's a Dog's Life

Cover design for first comic story for IT'S A DOG'S LIFE.

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It's a Dog's Life

Promotional illustration for the first comic's story for IT'S A DOG'S LIFE.

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It's a Dog's Life

New logo design for IT'S A DOG'S LIFE".

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It's a Dog's Life

Frontispiece for IT'S A DOG'S LIFE strip

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It's a Dog's Life

Merchandise design depicting Pug and Dudley's friendship and motto,

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It's a Dog's Life

Merchandise design depicting Pug and Dudley's friendship and motto.

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It's a Dog's Life

Licensing design with one of Pug's mottos.

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It's a Dog's Life

The hero of It's a Dog's Life

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It's a Dog's Life

Pug is a swashbuckler at heart.

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It's a Dog's Life

Dudley is Pug's roommate and bosom companion.

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It's a Dog's Life

Dudley's favorite pasttime.

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It's a Dog's Life

Snuggles is Pug's sweetheart and his true "Puppy Love"

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It's a Dog's Life

Snuggles is a pre-school teacher at the Baby Braintrust School. A typical day at work for Snuggles.

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It's a Dog's Life

Merchandising design depicting a the feminist side of Snuggles.

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It's a Dog's Life

The studious Hacker is the techno-geek of the gang.

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It's a Dog's Lifet

A typical scene of the perpetually multi-tasking Hacker.

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It's a Dog's Life

Merchandising design depicting Hacker's motto.

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It's a Dog's Life

Cool and devil-may-care, Hy may be a street smart gambler, but Pug knows he can alway bet on him when the chips are down.

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It's a Dog's Life

Maizie is Snuggles' closest friend and co-boarder at Miss Chickadee's Boarding House. Maizie's organizational skills serves her well as Head Librarian at the local library.

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It's a Dog's Life

Maizie is the Head Librarian of the local library, a position she takes quite seriously. The conscientious Maizie runs the library like a military operation.

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It's a Dog's Life

Gag Cartoon

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It's a Dog's Life

Gag Cartoon

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It's a Dog's Life

Gag panel for IT'S A DOG'S LIFE.

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It's a Dog's Life

Pug celebrates the Fourth of July.

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It's a Dog's Life

Star Wars meets It's a Dog's Life.

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It's a Dog's Life

Star Wars meets It's a Dog's Life 2

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It's a Dog's Life

Star Wars meets It's a Dog's Life 3

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It's a Dog's Life

Animation model sheet for Pug.

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It's a Dog's Life

Animation model sheet for Dudley.

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Liberteria

frontispiece for the fantasy strip, LIBERTERIA

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Liberteria

Character bios of Anark the Elf and Sensiv the Pixie, from the fantasy strip, Liberteria.

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Liberteria

Character bios of Prag the Gnome and Shamrock McClover, from the fantasy strip, LIBERTERIA.

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Liberteria

Character bios of MacAdemia, the Scholar, and Blythe the Dwarf, from the fantasy strip, LIBERTERIA.

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Liberteria

The villain, Blackflame, from the fantasy strip, LIBERTERIA.

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KNIGHTS OF ATAVAR

Frontispiece for the fantasy-adventure strip, the KNIGHTS OF ATAVAR.

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Knights of Atavar

Rory, the leader of the Knights of Atavar

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Knights of Atavar

Sir Elmo is a member of the Knights of Atavar

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Knights of Atavar

Acorn is Sir Elmo's squire and a member of the Knights of Atavar

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Knights of Atavar

Tabette is a member of the Knights of Atavar.

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Knights of Atavar

Sir Prancelot is a member of the Knights of Atavar.

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Knights of Atavar

This stalwart Viking is as highly skilled an engineer as he is a warrior.

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Knights of Atavar

With the irresistible force of this Battering Ram, there are no immovable objects.

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Knights of Atavar

This flighty musketeer has pledged his sword to the gallant band of heroes.

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KNIGHTS OF ATAVAR

The Overseer is the main villain plaguing the Knights of Atavar and is responsible for their formation.

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KNIGHTS OF ATAVAR

The Cadre is the Overseer's private army, born out of his weird experiments.

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POPSTAR, the microwave marvel

The result of a suspicious accident in a scientific experiment, a strange new hero was born, Popstar, the microwave marvel.

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POPSTAR, the microwave marvel

Colonel Kernel is Popstar's arch-enemy and was created in the same suspicious accident in the scientific experiment that created Popstar.

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POPSTAR, the microwave marvel

TooScoops, the human ice cream man, is Popstar's sidekick in his battle against the threat of these new mutated culinary creatures

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POPSTAR, the microwave marvel

The shy, demure Shelly was a secretary on the military base,who was drawn into Popstar's world when she was caught in the backlash of the accident in the science lab and found herself mutated into one of the culinary creatures.

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Dough-nutz , the Hole-ly Terror, is aptly named, for he would like nothing better than to turn the city to crumbs, if not for the intervention of Popstar and Tooscoops

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POPSTAR, the microwave marvel

Formaggio, the Cheeze Whiz, is the Capo di Tutti Capi of the Culinary Crime World and is a criminal mastermind that always keeps him one step ahead of our hero,Popstar.

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POPSTAR, the microwave marvel

Mack N. Sleaze is Formaggio's cousin and chief enforcer, but, being "off his noodle. makes Mack too much of a "loose cannon' and a danger even to his Crime Lord Cousin.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Frontispiece for ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Angelcheeks, Soldier of Fortune.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Bunny, Angelcheeks' favorite stuffed animal and Second in Command of her team.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Gerta Furkinder, Angelcheeks' nanny and Chief Advisor.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Bruno, the sweetest, gentlest, most huggable stuffed animal in Toydom and strong arm for the Team

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Blip, Angelcheeks' holographic friend from her computer and is their info specialist.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Oglias Synn, Angelcheeks' arch nemesis.

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Meenas Synn, Oglias' psychotic little "sister".

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ANGELCHEEKS, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE

Character bio of Sypher, Consummate Toady for Oglias Synn.

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the INKBLOTS

cover design for an INKLBOTS comic book.

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the INKBLOTS

Character intro for Smudge, the head of the Inkblots clan, with model sheet for animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

Character intro to Squiggles, who makes nervousness an "art form". Squiggles' perpetually anxiety ridden state makes it difficult for him to maintain his inky body. Also, a model sheet for the animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

Character into to Blotch, whose enthusiastic and devil-may-care attitude usually results in his leaving his "mark' where ever he goes. Blotch's favorite retort is "Blotter late than never". Also, a model sheet for the animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

Character intro to Dot. Warm and friendly, Dot is content to follow her rambunctious friends into adventure, because she knows that her level-headedness would probably be needed to help extricate them from some precarious situation they'll get themselves into. Also, a model sheet for the animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

Character into to Doodle, an Inkblots' best friend. Loyal and lovable, Doodle is an emotional pup, who tends to express himself with great gusto, but little control. Also, a model sheet for the animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

Character bio of Droplet of the INKBLOTS, along with a model sheet for the animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

Character bio of Count Smear, the antagonist of the INKBLOTS, along with a model sheet for the animation market.

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the INKBLOTS

An Inkblots gag cartoon and merchandising design.

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the INKBLOTS

An Inkblots gag cartoon and merchandising design.

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the INKBLOTS

An Inkblots gag cartoon and merchandising design.

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the INKBLOTS

An Inkblots gag cartoon and merchandising design.

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the INKBLOTS

An Inkblots gag cartoon and merchandising design.

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FISHWERKS

A frontispiece for FISHWERKS, a finny doo-wop singing group, who mostly sing a-carp-ella.

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The AQUANUTS

Size comparison chart for the cast of the AQUANUTS, for animation market.

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The AQUANUTS

Second size comparison chart for the remainder of the cast of the AQUANUTS for the animation market.

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The Aquanuts

Skipper is the leader of the Aquanuts, a group of water-based animals pledged to protect the waterways from pirates and their ilk.

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The Aquanuts

Bulwark does the heavy-lifting for the team.

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Tony Franco

Biography

Tony Franco started freelancing in 1978, while attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While there he was inspired to develop a comic strip LIBERTERIA. In 1984, he started working for the Star Line of Marvel Comics. He was the writer on HUGGA-BUNCH and POPPLES, as well as FLINTSTONE KIDS and FOOFUR. He provided artwork for a book based on the comic strip Heathcliff. When Marvel editor, Sid Jacobson moved to Harvey Comics, Tony helped write for THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK book. Also he illustrated for DC Comics BUGS BUNNY magazine. In the early 90’s, Tony went to California to work for DIC Animation Studio doing character designs for CAMP CANDY TV series. Tony was then called in to develop properties and characters for NY licensing agent, Joe Pellegrino, for clients including CHAMPAGNE CAT, CHIP ‘N’ COOKIE for Famous Amos, and SNEAKERS music group. Tony is still a proud member of the Graphic Artists Guild.

Style/Techniques

Animation, Caricature, Cartoon, Digital, Logo Design, Concept Art

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Family, Fantasy, Holidays, Licensing, Music, Toys & Games, Vintage / Retro