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The Sixsmiths Volume 1 Paperback – December 7, 2010

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Given that Dad has been laid off, the kids have to transfer to a public school and contend with new pressures, and Mom frets that the situation is taking a greater toll, you could easily mistake this Australian import for a standard family drama. But when Dad is fired from his next job for deflowering a virgin in the copy room, Mom seeks advice in a sexual encounter with the church vicar, and the kids are growing bored of sacrificing bread-product effigies of babies at church every Saturday, you realize you�re blazing a new trail into heavy-duty social satire. Although the Sixsmiths are Satanists, they often seem to be the most well-adjusted people in their neighborhood, and the fact that they�re so relatable gives power to the underlying dig at the social conventions that communities tend to promote (and destroy). Droll art pushes the banality of the Satanic lifestyle further still, and although an incongruously sober ending throws the proceedings slightly off kilter, this graphic novel overall offers an enjoyable and insightful commentary. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Schmidt received his bachelor's degree from Sydney's Macquarie University in 1998. He worked as a substitute teacher for a while, also holding jobs as a baker, data entry operator and a news agent. In mid-2000, Marc took a job in South Korea as an English teacher. He worked there until the end of 2002, and then moved to New Zealand in 2003.

JASON FRANKS is a Research Fellow in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sixsmiths
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593622023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593622022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,636,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sixsmiths are satanists. Yes they are but roughly, it doesn't change anything comparing to other's lives. They have to go to the church, Mr Sixsith lost his job, Mrs Sixsmith got to hold the family together and the children are going to a new school, meaning they have to make new friends, ...

So the Sixsmiths OGN is telling the family life they are experiencing, it's funny (less than the webcomic who was partly printed in a comic-book at SLG), it's thoughtful, it's refreshing. Kind of The Simpsons in Australia and with a satanic background. I really spent a good time with the Sixsmiths and i'm ready for another volume or more webcomic-strips. And big up to Furfur, the Sixsmith's dog.
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As the Amazon details for The Sixsmiths make clear, the storyline in this graphic novel concerns an Australian suburban family who happen to be practising Satanists. The satire surrounding the lifestyle they lead is consistently clever throughout the story, and the central characters are remarkably sympathetic. The clean, simple artwork is excellent too, and well complements the narrative. My only quibble concerns a storyline that is left hanging at the conclusion of this book - presumably to be completed in the next volume?
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An average suburban family with typical family-drama problems (dad laid off, kids have to change schools, etc) who also just happen to be devout Satanists. It's a twist that could go wrong in so many ways - Addams Family pastiche, cheesy stereotypical Hollywood Satanism schtick - but it works here and is remarkably believable, thanks to Schmidt/Franks playing it deadpan, albeit not without a sense of humor (I smiled at the Jews For Satan booth, for example). Possibly not for everyone, but I got a kick out of it. Recommended.
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Many alternative comics strive to be as strange as possible and forget that most people read to be entertained. This is that rare graphic novel that contains a rich imagination and a delightful story told with charm and skill. These characters have existed in a webcomic, but in this longer format they have the chance to really shine. The Sixsmiths will surprise you, shock you and then make you laugh. Get into it.
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