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The Sixsmiths


The Sixsmiths Volume 1

THE SIXSMITHS are a family of suburban Satanists who’ve fallen prey to the global recession. Now their life is in turmoil: Ralf needs to find a new job; the twins, Cain and Lilith, need to survive the public school system; Annie needs to keep them all sane and under budget. Will the Devil rise to smite their enemies, or will he damn them with hellfire and wrath?

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Written by Jason Franks, illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt, cover by Jase Harper. B&W 168 pages.

“Blazing a new trail into heavy-duty social satire.” — Jesse Karp

“One of the breakthrough graphic novels coming from a new age of Australian comics.” — Julie Ditrich (author of Elf~Fin)

“… a fun read that doesn’t take itself too seriously… how no matter what religion we happen to follow, we all are pretty much the same underneath.” — Ain’t It Cool News

Published by Caliber Comics 2015. Originally published by Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics 2010.

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Issue #1/4

When Ralf loses his job at Morningstar Mutual the family have to make sacrifices in order to make ends meet while he searches for new employment.

50 pages, written by Jason Franks and illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt.

Cover by Bruce Mutard.


Issue #2/4

Annie seeks counseling from the Vicar Melmoth and this is conducted in the customary way for Modern Orthodox Satanists—during intercourse. Melmoth counsels Annie to find some space for herself as well as her family. As Cain and Mary join the school’s jazz ensemble, Lilith and Julius go on a date and encounter somebody unexpected.

45 pages, written by Jason Franks and illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt.

Cover by Jan Scherpenhuizen.


Issue #3/4

It’s Shelly’s birthday party, but Lilith has to go to the stupid Feast of Mammon instead. Cain reconnects with some friends from his old school, Asmodeus Grammar, and Furfur connects with a roasted goat that does not belong to him. Meanwhile, Julius, alone at Shelly’s party, makes a new connection of his own. When Lilith finds out it might just be the End of Days.

33 pages, written by Jason Franks and illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt.

Cover by Aly Faye.



Issue #4/4

Julius dumps Lilith. Ralf goes into a job interview with a a positive new attitude–only to discover that Vicky is one of the interviewers. Everything comes to a head at the Albert Hills SC Junior Social, when injury leads to a last minute lineup change for Wicked Generation. Meanwhile, Jezabelle is in Sri Lanka, far beyond the devil’s baleful influence… or so she believes.

47 pages, written by Jason Franks and illustrated by J. Marc Schmidt.

Cover by Bruce Mutard.


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The Sixsmiths Volume 2

The Sixsmiths are a family of suburban Satanists recovering from the global recession. Their eldest daughter, Jezabelle, has returned to the fold with a frightening amount of zeal. Meanwhile, recently converted Dennis O’Dowell finds that adapting a new faith has not made him as cool as he had hoped. But when the church burns down, the whole community is embroiled in a crisis. What hidden enemy has brought them low? Or is the Dark Lord punishing them for their weakness?

LEDGER AWARDS FINALIST

Written by Jason Franks and illustrated by Dean Rankine, Bruce Mutard, Jase Harper, Sacha Bryning, Sarah Howell, Anton McKay, Aly Faye, Gregory MacKay, Trevor Wood, Luke Pickett, Jan Scherpenhuizen, Tim McEwen, Bobby N, Ed Siemienkowicz and Jason Franks. Cover by Jase Harper.

“There’s been a lot written about the banality of evil. And evil doesn’t get much more banal than the Sixsmiths, a hardworking, loving middle class family who happen to worship the Dark Lord. Hilarious, profane, and even moving, the Sixsmiths is a book you should be reading. Or Lucifer will reap your soul.” — Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Spread)

“Plenty of great gags… and fun ideas and scenarios, as well as some ambitious world-building going on.” — Australian Comics Journal

Published by Caliber Comics 2015.

B&W 158 pages.

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Issue #1/3

Annie has returned from Sri Lanka with Jezabelle, who is now confined to a wheelchair by her injuries. Jezabelle has come back to Satanism with renewed zeal. When she interrupts one of the vicar’s sermons to with a fundamentalist rant it becomes clear that she’s been badly disturbed by the accident.

53 pages, written by Jason Franks and illustrated by Jason Franks (with assist from Jan Scherpenhuizen (inks) and Simon Wright (greytones)), Dean Rankine, Jase Harper, Trev Wood, Luke Pickett and Aly Faye.

Cover by Dean Rankine.


Issue #2/3

The church has burned down and Albert Hills Satanic Congregation is in crisis. Is some hidden enemy responsible? Is the Dark Lord punishing them for their weakness? To make matters worse, there’s a problem with the insurance the treasurer appears to have fled the country. Can Ralf step up and sort out the financial mess? Meanwhile, the Croquet Club has come up with their own plan to save the community, Jezabel hatches her own nefarious plans, and Dennis continues his quest to find post-conversion cool.

57 pages, written by Jason Franks and illustrated by Bruce Mutard, Sarah Howell, Ed Siemienkowicz, Anton McKay, Tim McEwen, Jan Scherpenhuizen, and Bobby N.

Cover by Jan Scherpenhuizen.



Issue #3/3

The Albert Hills Satanic Congregation has pinned all their hopes on black metal heroes Hëll Hëlm, but, when the band arrives from Norway they are not what the everyone expected. Carrion crows are circling above. From the shadows, Jezabelle Sixsmith and her new coven are working evil magics. If Hëll Hëlm can’t save the church, who can?

43 pages, Written by Jason Franks. Art by Sacha Bryning, Gregory MacKay, Jase Harper, Dean Rankine, Bruce Mutard, and Jason Franks.

Cover by Aly Faye.


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OUT OF PRINT


The Sixsmiths One Shot

$1 One-shot San Diego Comicon special (July 2010) featuring

Featuring 21 Sixsmiths short stories by Jason Franks, J. Marc Schmidt, and Jen Breach.
(out of print)



McBlack



McBlack

WHITEFACE McBLACK used to be a private dick, but he gave it up in order to pursue on his true calling: murder, sabotage, theft and arson. So, when the Killer Dame asks him to help her find her rotten ex-husband, he’s reluctant to take the case.

Written and pencilled by Jason Franks, with Inks by Dave Gutierrez, cover by Ron Salas. 84 pages, B&W interiors.

Lady McBlack #1

At the behest of her three sisters, McBlack investigates the murder of Lila Bodicker by the Western Reapers, a mixed municipal soccer team. But whoever killed Lila does not want the Bodicker sisters to find out what really happened and before long McBlack himself is being hunted in the streets. Part 1 of 3.

Written and pencilled by Jason Franks, with Inks by Dave Gutierrez, cover by Rhys James. 22 pages, B&W interiors.

McBlack One-Shot

McBlack is dispatched on a multi-stage seek-and-destroy mission–but who is he supposed to kill, and who is he really working for?

Written by Jason Franks. Illustrated by Mike Athey, Tom Bonin, Trevor Wood and Jason Franks. Colours by Luke Pickett. Wraparound cover by Rhys McDonald. 28 pages in full colour.


McBlack Two-Shot

McBlack is hired to eliminate a monster that is haunting a young boy’s dreams. But can he survive the imagination of a child?

Written by Jason Franks. Illustrated by Bruce Mutard, Luke Pickett, Rhys James, John Stewart and Jason Franks. Colours by Luke Pickett. Inks by Dave Gutierrez. 24 pages in full colour.

Ungenred



Ungenred

UNGENRED collects Jason Franks’ mainstream short comics. Autobiography, comedy, travel, biography, allegory, social realism, tall tales, period drama – you never know what will be on the next page. Might even be some talking robots.

Illustrated by Bruce Mutard, Ed Siemienkowicz, Joe Pimienta, J. Marc Schmidt, Nicholas Hunter, Renan L’Hopsum, Bobby N., Jan Scherpenhuizen, and others.

Left Hand Path



Left Hand Path #1

Detectives of the Unconventional Incidents Unit (UIU) are called in to investigate a bloody massacre perpetrated by a demon who is loose on the streets of Los Angeles.

Their only clue: a missing barrel of Rainbow Peach Swirl ice cream.

AUREALIS AWARD FINALIST

Art by Paul Abstruse. Colours by Eddie Swan.