Put to the Question: Jan Scherpenhuizen

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what Jan Scherpenhuizen told me from his lair underneath a windmill. Were you possessed by some malignant spirit when you agreed to be a part of this project, and if not, why on earth did you do it? Interesting question, though no doubt it’s asked lightly. I was raised a Catholic, but I’m philosophical by nature and that makes for two elements of the personality that will always be uneasy bedfellows. The philosopher sort of got his feet in the back of the Catholic and pushed him...

Put to the Question: Jase Harper

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what Jase Harper confessed from the Awkwood dressing room in between the second and third encores at the GABA. You’ve been around the Aussie comics scene long enough to know that Franks is mad, bad and dangerous to know. How on earth did he convince you to participate in this project? I was scared to say no, anyone who pumps out as many dark, consistently good projects as Franks has to have some backing from evil presences. Your chapter has quite a large cast of characters in...

Put to the Question: Bruce Mutard

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what “Robert the” Bruce Mutard said, having just illustrated a 300 graphic novel on a single grain of rice: What outrageous promises did Franks make in order to convince you to participate in this project? Oh, I got sucked in again by the promise of huge ‘exposure’ bucks. After nearly thirty years, I still haven’t learned my lesson, so here I am, exposed again. In truth, I admire Franks as a writer and loved Volume one of this title. Netflix or Amazon TV ought to be jumping...

Put to the Question: Bobby N.

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what Bobby N. said, while bench-pressing an M1 Abrams tank: Why did you agree to participate in this project? You’re a busy man and Franks is a pencil-necked geek. You could snap his spine like a twig. Does he have incriminating photographs or something? Jason Franks is one of the few comics creators in the scene that I respect, so it was a no-brainer (as long as the story was short enough that I could deliver). I always think of artists (particularly those with the same obsessive...

Put to the Question: Anton McKay

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what Anton McKay said, while playing a game of Petanque on stage in a music hall: What outrageous lies did Franks tell you in order to convince you to participate in this project? No lies. Frankly, Franks was frank: There would little money and little glory, but neither mattered, because, by God, we would make Art! Art that would drag this destitute, hackneyed and deservedly pissed on category of low brow funny pages we call “Modern Comics” up to the highest order of sophisticated contemporary literature! And...