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...

Put to the Question: Dean Rankine

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what Dean Rankine said: What rash promises did Franks make in order to convince you to participate in this project? Giving me money was a big one! He also plied me with mock-meat at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant. Which seems like a really long time ago now (‘Cause it was). I remember coming home and telling my wife, Kylie, that I was going to do some pages for this comic about a suburban satanist family. And I liked how the guy went about asking me. He was...

Put to the Question: Sacha Bryning

I put the artists on Sixsmiths volume 2 to the question. This is what Sacha Bryning said: How did you come to be involved in this project? Well you asked me at a book launch and these things always seem sufficiently far off to give a non committal yet positive answer and so I did. Also I had some beer under the belt and you’re very polite. Your chapter comes after the big climax and is mostly composed of quiet scenes in which minor plot threads are resolved. Even the big reveal here is not actually revealed until the following...