'Star Mage' #6.

Franco Céspedes is a Costa Rican illustrator, character designer and digital animator, who has worked on several animated films and TV series. As a comic author he is known for creator-owned projects based on Latin American history and legends, including 'Asusto' (2013), 'El Hallazgo' (2014) and 'El sacrificio del Rualdo' (2014), and for his work on the US comic book series 'Star Mage' (2013-2014) by J.C. de la Torre at IDW.

Animation and illustration career
Educated at the Universidad Continental de las Ciencias y el Arte in San José from 2004 to 2006, Céspedes ran his own animation studio Quinema Animation Studio from 2007 to 2013, specializing in digital advertising and animation for the entertainment industry. In 2010 he developed the critically acclaimed animation series 'Chotico Costa Rica', which was broadcast on Costa Rican National Television. In 2015-2016 he served as key animator on the animated TV film 'God With Us', about the life of Jesus and its miracles, for Herald Entertainment Inc. He has since then worked mainly as an illustrator and character designer for commercial clients through his own studio Kgaditus Carituras, based in San Francisco in Costa Rica's Heredia province.

'Asusto' #2.

Comics career
Céspedes is furthermore one of the few Costa Rican artists who see their work published on the American comic book market, along with John Timms and Dan Mora. Whereas the other two work for major companies like DC Comics and Boom! Studios, Franco Céspedes has focused on indie and creator-owned projects for smaller labels. For the US indie label Black Jack Press, he illustrated the story 'Rustlers' by Robert Napton for the third issue of the "weird western" anthology series 'Tal Tales from the Badlands' (2013). He wrote and drew a four-issue horror mini-series inspired by characters from classic Costa Rican and Latin American folktales called 'Asusto' (2013). It was published by Creative Impulse, a small publishing label from Omaha, Nebraska. A special collected edition followed in 2014. On a local base, he made two graphic novels which also delved into his home country's history and mythology, 'El Hallazgo' (2014) and 'El sacrificio del Rualdo' (2014), both published by Editorial Costa Rica.

Also in 2013, Céspedes was chosen from a group of over 60 artists as the lead illustrator of J.C. De la Torre's magical science fiction series 'Star Mage' (2013-2014) for IDW. He took over from original artist Ray Dillon from the second issue, and continued it with De la Torre until the sixth, and final, issue. Since 2017 he publishes a web comic called 'Malcriados!' ("Spoiled!"), about a group of pesky kids and their talking TV set.



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