Paul Grist was born on this day in 1960 in Sheffield, England. Among his earliest work are a story with a young Grant Morrison called St Swithin's Day, a Grendel story with Steven T. Seagle, and a Judge Dredd story with Robbie Morrison, and he has produced stories for both Marvel and DC.
But what we're really here to celebrate today are the works that Grist both wrote and drew, several of which he published himself via his own company, Dancing Elephant Press, in the '90s: Kane, Jack Staff, Burglar Bill, Mudman, Demon Nic.
It's Christmas Eve, and at this point, you know all the compelling reasons to buy digital comcis in this festive holiday season: Last-minute gifts for friends across the country, something to read on your phone as you take a long road trip over the river and through the woods, all that good stuff. What matters now is how many you can get, and how cheap you can get 'em, and lucky for us, Comixology has a sale on what seems to be Image's entire back catalog at 50% off!
It's a great opportunity to get recent stuff like Kaptara, Monstress, Citizen Jack, Black Magick, plus your standard year-end list-toppers like Sex Criminals, WicDiv and more, but with over 4,000 comics on offer, it's also a great time to go back and pick up some deep cuts, too. And there's no better comic to get in that entire sale than my all-time favorite superhero comic, Jack Staff.
Q: What's the best modern comics run that not enough people have read or talk about? -- @talestoenrage
A: It's a sad fact of the comics industry, but there are a ton of great stories out there that never really get the recognition that they deserve, to the point where every time something new and exciting comes out, I always end up thinking something along the lines of "they better not Thor: The Mighty Avenger this one up." But while there are comics that get canceled too soon and long-running epics like Usagi Yojimbo that never seem to hog the spotlight, there's only one that really comes to mind when I start thinking about the truly buried treasures.
If you want to talk about the absolute best of the best of the under-appreciated comics, then you want to talk about Paul Grist's Jack Staff.
If there's one thing we've learned from our years on the Internet, it's that there's no aspect of comics that can't be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there's no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we're taking it upon ourselves to compile lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week, we're heading away from the Big Two for a look at some of the scariest bad guys from the world of indie comics. The catch? We're also staying away from horror comics, just to make things a little more interesting!
I will buy literally any comic that Paul Grist cares to produce. That's not an exaggeration: If he wants to do Doctor Who comics? Sign me up. If he has an eight-page backup story in a comic book I don't read...
Rocktober? Shocktober? Mohawktober? Here at ComicsAlliance, we just can't decide what we want to celebrate this month, so we're bringing you a different monthly theme every day! Today, we're heading across the pond to honor one of our all-time favorite characters, Becky Burdock: Vampire Reporter, from the pages of Paul Grist's Jack Staff...
Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions...
Today, Image Comics became the latest publisher to launch their own branded iPad app, which, much like the Marvel, DC, Boom! Studios and Scott Pilgrim apps, is powered by comiXology. There have been Image books available through comiXology before, including must-have titles like "Chew" and huge runs of both "Invincible" and "Walking Dead," but the release of the app has come with a massive expansion of their digital presence with a whole new slew of titles, and that's good news for everybody...
It probably goes without saying, but here at ComicsAlliance, we love comics, and occasionally, we like to our spotlight onto a book that we especially enjoy in the hope that you'll love them just as much as we do...
What's got two thumbs and is REALLY FREAKIN' CHEESED with Shocker Toys right now? If you answered this guy - as in me - then you're absolutely correct. The gentle folks at Toy News International have posted a look at Shocker's upcoming second wave of Indie Spotlight action figures...
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