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.
Greetings, my wicked congregation.
I know it’s been a long time coming. I know, I know, I know. The Dark One has relished our suffering, I am certain. But lo, I have news from the abyss:
THE SIXSMITHS are back, with a new publisher.
Lady fiends, and gentle imps, it’s my great pleasure to reveal that the Sixsmiths will now be published by Caliber Comics.
I’m pretty stoked to be a part of the Caliber lineup. My very first comic submission, way back in 1998, was to the Negative Burn anthology, which was then published by Caliber. Caliber is where I first encountered creators like Brian Bendis and David Mack. Where I came to read the stranger, edgier works of creators like Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis. They had an amazing line of horror books like RENFIELD, DEADWORLD and SAINT GERMAINE and… well, now that Caliber has risen once more, they have THE SIXSMITHS, too.
I don’t have any release dates yet but I can tell you that there will be two graphic novels: a remastered volume 1, written by me and illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt, with a brand new cover by Jase Harper; and the long-promised volume 2, written by me and illustrated by a coven of (mostly) Australian artists. They’ll be trade-only in print, but most likely the books will be serialized digitally: 4 big issues for volume 1 and 3 issues for volume 2, available on every platform. If the books do well we may also do a collection of all of the short pieces and ancillary material that appeared in the webcomic, the one shot, and various anthologies and magazines.
That’s all I can tell you right now, but stay tuned! There will be more news to follow. Come and see me at Oz Comic Con if you’re going to be in Melbourne on the weekend of June 27th. I will have some copies of the old edition of volume 1 and I’ll be very happy to talk to you about comics, chewing gum and the Devil till my jaw drops off or I run out of vodka.
In the meantime, feast your eyes Jase Harper’s new cover for volume 1–before the harpies take them for themselves.
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to say that the interior art for The Sixsmiths volume 2 is now 100% complete!
I am now in the process of finalizing the lettering for the book.
For here is the complete lineup of artists on the book, in order of appearance:
Jason Franks (with inks by Jan Scherpenhuizen and greytones by Simon Wright)
Script and lettering by me, Jason Franks. The cover art, of course is by Jase Harper.
That’s it for now, boys and girls! Exciting times. It has been a long wait but the work is almost complete. More news as I have it.
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!