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 on this for an adaptation, but they seem to be unmoved by the forces that really drive the universe.
Franks appears to have given you all the crowd scenes to draw. Did you find it a challenge to choreograph so many people interacting in a small space, with so many different characters to consider? What was the most elaborate epithet against the writer that you muttered under your breath when you were laying out the pages?
While drawing this, my speech was limited to words containing four letters and starting with ’s’, ‘f’ or ‘c’. Occasionally, the ‘f’ was prefixed with ‘mother’. But I got my revenge by adding in 666 unscripted gags, jokes, puns, obscenities and other rude bits. In truth, I had a lot of fun drawing it, being quite different to the main work I was doing at the time, which was proving tiresome.
What was the best part about working on the Sixsmiths?
When this property eventually gets recognised for the brilliance it is and starts making a mint, I expect my cut: 80-90% on a mirror in a house overlooking LA, with naked women in the infinity pool and Arch Enemy playing live. Franks promises much. He’d better deliver.
What was the worst part about working with Jason Franks?
If (3) doesn’t happen, I’ll be a bit pissed off and blame President Bannon and his dickpuppet, Trump, for buying out the gig before Franks. Yes, I’m cynical.
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