Official Press Release
ORANGE, CA — 18 September, 2003 — With the full-color adventures of JACK STAFF currently in publication and the final issue of the black-and-white series on sale now, Image Comics has announced a 352-page trade paperback collecting the entire first volume of JACK STAFF, scheduled for release this December. Image will follow that up by relaunching Grist’s critically acclaimed crime series, KANE, as a series of trade paperbacks. A remastered version of the first volume, GREETINGS FROM NEW EDEN, will be released in January 2004.
Originally published by Grist’s own Dancing Elephant Press, JACK STAFF utilizes a loose anthology format to tell the tales of a unique group of characters comprised of Tom Tom the Robot Man, an enigmatic group of secret agents called Q, and Becky Burdock, Vampire Reporter. Linking all these stories together is the ongoing mystery created by the return of Jack Staff – Britain’s greatest hero. KANE, meanwhile, focuses on the 39th Police Precinct in the fictional town of New Eden and the ongoing saga of Kane, a detective returning to duty following his involvement in the shooting death of his partner.
“This is a good answer to all those who’ve been saying to me ‘All this JACK STAFF stuff’s very nice, but what about KANE?'” chuckled Grist. “I’ll be starting work on some new KANE stories at the end of the year, so that should keep the long-term readers happy, too!”
“Image is honored to be publishing these critically acclaimed works,” said Image Comics VP/Publisher Jim Valentino. “Paul Grist remains one of the most unique voices in our industry and we couldn’t be more proud to offer his work to a wider audience.”
Valentino isn’t the only industry insider to sing Grist’s praise. Since KANE made its debut in 1993, Grist’s work has found a welcome place in the hearts of numerous creators, all of whom are eager to spread the word.
“Paul Grist gets the job done,” said Frank Miller (Sin City, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again). “Smart, sharp work. Buy it, already!”
“Paul Grist is brilliant,” said Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Arrowsmith, Astro City). “He’s the consummate cartoonist bold graphics, daring storytelling, an uncanny eye for composition but he’s also a hell of a writer, telling stories full of great characters and rich dialogue, with a terrific blend of drama and humor. And to top it off, he makes it all look easy, like it just falls out of his brush.
“KANE and JACK STAFF should be industry treasures. I envy everyone who gets to discover them for the frst time.”
Added Brian Michael Bendis (POWERS, Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil), “I have said it time and time again: KANE is my favorite crime comic. Buy it!”
JACK STAFF, VOL. ONE: EVERYTHING USED TO BE BLACK AND WHITE, collecting #1-12 of the original series, will be available for order in the October issue of Previews and will go on sale December 24. KANE, VOL. ONE: GREETINGS FROM NEW EDEN, collecting KANE #1-4, will be available for order in the November issue of Previews.
JACK STAFF #1 is currently available free online at www.imagecomics.com.