Rockstar Horror

Another nice review up on scaryminds.com, this time a bit of a blast from the past with ROCKSTAR PIZZA (2006):

http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2010/comic014.php

Eight stars–that makes me feel good. The reviewer has a lot of nice things to say, and he’s even charitable to my own artwork (I was so unhappy with that story that I stopped drawing for years after finishing it), but what impressed me was this:

"While the only story in the collection that can be considered pure horror is Peas, each of the other three have a dark underpinning recognisable as a denizen of the dark genre forest. Jason Franks, as a writer, presents a world view in rockstar Pizza where there is no safe underpinning and where at any moment the floor might give way, spinning things into a vortex of chaos and unexpected outcomes."

That is a really nice encapsulation of my attitude to storytelling. In the books I did prior to KAGEMONO I didn’t give any thought to genre. I did not, in my head, make any genre distinctions when I was writing them, I just wrote the stories I wanted to. After the third one came out and I got tired of hearing "What’s the theme?" and "These stories are all different," that I decided to focus KAGEMONO on horror stories.

Ask me twice and I’ll tell you that everything I write is, in one respect or another, a horror story.

Scaryminds placed a large order on the Blackglass website a few weeks ago and they are working their way through it, so expect a couple more of these in the weeks to come.  Also, if you are a fan of horror or dark fiction and you’re interested in what’s going on in Australia and New Zealand, please take some time to explore the site: they have great coverage of books and movies as well as comics. 

Cheers,

— JF

KAGEMONO #1 reviewed on Scaryminds

A quite exhaustive review of KAGEMONO #1 just went up on scaryminds.com:

"Yes folks, in keeping with other Down Under comic Publishers Black Glass are hitting the newsstands with a comic that not only rivals the big publications coming out of the U.S but costs about as much as a schooner of beer at a decent hotel. The scripting is damned fine here, once again I’ll emphasis that there’s more going on under the hood than it first appears, with each story in the issue being well constructed. The artwork ranges from classic fantasy, through Japanese inspired anime, to pretty simple panels."

A really nice review; the author understands exactly what we’re going for and he says something about every story , mentions every writer and artist involved.

(Clicky here for the full review)

— JF

Manolo Sanctis

A couple of stories I wrote for the amazing Renan L’Hopsum are now available on the French comics website Manolo Sanctis. If you click over to the site you can read them for free. (The site is in French but the comics are in English). The first of them is The Devil’s Vintner, a suspense story that was published last year in KAGEMONO: TOOTH AND CLAW. The other piece… the Ron Beadle Triptych, is a series of three as-yet-unpublished comedy shorts based on some of the tall stories told to me by my old mate, the Beadler himself. Some of Ren’s other excellent work is...

XDA Zai in ASSASSIN’S CANON

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