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.
Volume 1 issue #2 is up already, thanks to the the most excellent Caliber Comics:
The trials and tribulations of Albert Hills’ favourite Satanic family continue. Cain joins the jazz club. Ralf signs up for unemployment benefits. Annie goes to Vicar Melmoth for some sultry, Satanic-style counselling. Lilith’s date is interrupted by a chance encounter with her black sheep sister–who has given up the devil in order to become a Buddhist nun.
Written by Jason Franks, illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt, cover by Jan Scherpenhuizen. Three bucks for 45 pages of diabolist hijinks.
Remember: Lucifer only loves you when you’re buying.
The first issue is now up on ComiXology, with three more issues to follow. Fifty pages of devil worshipping, high school hijinks, ugly people shagging, teen angst and adult problems. Brilliant cover by the one and only Bruce Mutard.
I hope you’ll check it out. Love to hear what you think.
I have remastered this book from its original publication and there will very soon be a brand print edition–to be followed swiftly by the long-awaited sequel.
Hang onto your hats and hail Satan!
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.