Writer short profile:
– Name: Jason Franks.
– Location: Melbourne Australia.
– Writing style: Full contact.
– Website/s: www.jasonfranks.com
– www.thesixsmiths.com www.mcblack.com
– Bragging rights(Featured work/collaborations): The Sixsmiths OGN from SLG. McBlack with Black House Comics. My first novel, Bloody Waters, which is going to drop in about a week’s time from Possible Press. I have upcoming work with Bruce Mutard, Dean Rankine, Douglas Holgate.
– What are your goals as a writer?: To be able to write credibly in whatever genres or idioms I choose. Also, to rule the world with an iron fist. (These two goals are not connected.)
– What do you think of Comics being made into movies?: I’m tired of every movie being an adaptation or a sequel, but I have nothing against it in principal. I do think it’s insulting that calling something a ‘comicbook movie’ is a shorthand way of saying that a film has generic, larger-than-life characters and a plot that revolves around things blowing up. There are plenty of comics… and nowadays plenty of movies adapted from comics, that do not meet any of these criteria.
– If someone created a Comic about your life what would they title it?: Jason Franks: Possibly Not the Antichrist.
– Favourite writer/why?: It’s tough to choose just one, but today it’s probably Iain Banks. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Banks) He writes beautifully but without pretension and he somehow runs two parallel careers as a literary novelist and a science fiction author. He is political or philosophical without ever being condescending or preachy and never at the cost of telling an entertaining story. Other favourites are:
* Ursula LeGuin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_K._Le_Guin)
* Garth Ennis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Ennis)
* Quentin Tarantino (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Tarantino)
* Roger Zelazny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Zelazny)
* Cormac McCarthy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_McCarthy)
* William Goldman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Goldman)
* John Steinbeck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck)
– Has reading a Comic ever changed your life? Which one/why? (If yes): Neil Gaiman’s Sandman changed my life, but in the most prosaic of ways. It made me realize the potential of the comics medium and want to be a comics writer.
– Where there any defining moments in your life that have influenced your writing style?: Probably the first time I traveled overseas as an adult. Travel is a recurring theme for me.
– Favourite Comic writer of all time/why?: A tough call. Probably Alan Moore, because he can do everything. Look at the breadth and depth of work he’s produced, the quality of it, the influence he’s had on the medium. I think Moore is the first writer of Western comics who could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the absolute best literary talent working in other media. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Moore)
–What do you prefer to snack on when writing a masterpiece?: Topogi Snacks imported from Korea via Japan. Does coffee count as a snack? How about if it’s administered via an intravenous drip?
– Where do you get your daily inspiration from?: If you’re a serious writer you can’t sit around waiting to be inspired, you have to write, no matter what. You set yourself up when inspiration strikes and you work on making that inspiration a reality, every day, regardless of how you feel. If you lack the motivation to do the work then you’re not a serious writer, no matter how talented your Mum says you are.
– If you could collaborate with ANYBODY, who would it be and why?: Another tough question, so I’m gonna have to narrow it down a bit. I generally prefer to write by myself, so I’ll narrow that down to artists… and to artists that I haven’t worked with. I think I’m gonna have to say Michael Lark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Lark). I just love the way his pages look: the interplay of light and shadow, the brushy lines and textures, the mastery of body language and visual storytelling… something about the way his pages look just appeals to me in every way. But it’s a tough question: ask me tomorrow and I might say:
* Steve Dillon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Dillon)
* Simon Bisley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Bisley)
* Steve Pugh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Pugh)
– If you could have dinner with any three people from any time, fictional or non-fictional, who would they be and why?: Doctor Doom, John Locke, and King Solomon, because there’s a queue to get Einstein, Jesus and Elvis.
– What is the most creative thing you can do with a chair?: Smash it into matchwood and use that to build a wicker man. Once I have this appropriately fueled, I’ll use the firelight to work on a new novel, standing up.
– If you could be invisible where would you go and what would you do?: I’d go to Mt Doom and give poor old Sauron his ring back. Poor fucker, all those nasty hobbits and elves picking on him all the time.
– Likes: Books, comics, rock’n’roll, coffee, my wife.
– Dislikes: Shit movies, shit comics, shit music, shit coffee.
– Favourite joke: Why did they bury the fireman under the hill? … … … … … … … … … … BECAUSE HE WAS DEAD.
– Any thank yous/shoutouts?: None. Fuck all y’all. (Hey, this is ‘Aggressive Comix’, right?)
Certinaly is Aggressive Comix Sir and it has been a pleasure making this profile. Thank you and good luck with everything – Ness 🙂