Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Jack Staff

Do you hate goodness? No? Then as I've told you before, you need to be reading Paul Grist's Jack Staff. As near as I can recall, we saw only three new issues in calendar year '05, and we're five months into '06 with, heretofore, no sign of another.

Well, issue number ten just came out today, and it's a beaut. Don't believe me? See for yourself.

I hadn't realized it until I read through this latest installment, but Jack Staff has been an enormous influence on my more recent projects, which likely won't be apparent to anyone but me.

Chris, I can't remember--have I ever discussed Kane with you? What did you think of it?
I know you mentioned it when I last posted about Jack Staff, but I don't know that we've ever discussed it besides that. Suffice it to say, Kane is a work of unequaled genius, and is inarguably a "purer" work than is Jack Staff, in that it can be handed to anyone. And Kane is a far more sophisticated work, at least on an emotional and intellectual level, no question about it. That said, Jack Staff is more fun, and plays to many more of my personal obsessions, so if I had to chose between the two I'd likely betray True Art and opt for Jack Staff. But yeah, Kane is a thing of sublime beauty, even when it's just being silly, and Grist belongs among the pantheon of the greats for it, even if he never again put pen to paper.
I should start rectifying my dearth of Grist this year.
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