We all know what today is, don’t we, wicked children?
Today is the day our enemies promises are revealed as false–and so we triumph!
Shame about MTV, though.
And now, o seekers of darkness… o filthy sinners… it is time to draw back the curtains and reveal one final artist for the second volume of The Sixsmiths.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, imps and rhymers, please be upstanding for Eldritch Aly Faye!
Alysyn first came to my attention as the writer/artist of the occult-grunge-caper comic LARD. She is the publisher of Cape Billowing Publishing and a partner at Urban Fiction Collectibles in Queensland. We have worked together on a McBlack short story (unpublished as yet) and when I was looking for an artist to draw the offbeat character-comedy and psychedelic sequence in chapter 6 Aly was the obvious choice.
And with that, all of the artists have been named. The interior artwork for volume 2 is almost complete. Check your wards and seals, your RSS feeds and your social media, o ye adherents of the wicked.
Now that we have assembled all of the reagents, the working can truly begin.
The next artist in our lineup is… me, Jason Franks.
As well as scripting the both volumes of The Sixsmiths, I have drawn a few of the webcomic strips and I contributed a couple of figures to the Sixsmiths One Shot. I have penciled a couple of chapters for this new volume of the Sixsmiths, which are inked by the super-talented Jan Scherpenhuizen, who of course has contributed a chapter of his own to the book. The excellent Simon Wright will be providing greytones.
As well as new finishing artists I have taken on a new style and some new technology in order to step up my game for this project. Let me know what you think of the results!
Here’s a sample panel from chapter 1:
Folks, as volume 2 draws near to completion there are still three more artists to disclose. Let me draw the black curtains and reveal another secret member of our dark brethren.
O ye who long for the fires, please welcome Tim McEwen to our fold!
Tim has been a fixture in the Australian comic scene since the 1990s. His Greener Pastures comic (with Michael Michalandos), featuring the Trevis Bovis, a bull who one day decided to stand upright and move to the city is a classic int he canon of Australian comics and it was one of the very first independent books I read when I was a neophyte. Tim is also a key figure in the organization of Supanova, Australia’s longest-running pop culture convention, and an all-around superb human being.
Here’s a taste of Tim’s work for Sixsmiths vol.02, featuring up-and-coming Norwegian Black Metal band Hëll Hëlm.
Please burn your censers and chant his name. Ladies and gentlemen: TIM McEWEN!
Legions of Darkness, it is my great pleasure to reveal to you the cover for The Sixsmiths vol.02, by the incredible Jase Harper.
The book is nearly nearly finished, and I thank you for your continued patience as we get this infernal beast over the line. More news soon–promise!
Oh ye who scorn the tepid promises of heaven for the cleansing flames of perdition, I have another artist to announce for the second tome in the Sixsmiths’ unholy sequence.
Prostrate yourselves before the majestic wrath of Sarah Howell!
A founding member of Melbourne’s Squishface Studio, Sarah is well known for her cartooning as well as for her work as a teacher and festival organizer. Her work has been published in The Lifted Brow, Drawn From Life as well as a variety of zines and minicomics. She was one of the eight comics artists invited to the month long Inherent Vice residency and the National Gallery of Victoria in 2011.
Sarah’s chapter required a very careful balance of tone and material and I can think of no other artist I would have chosen for this work. Welcome, Sarah!