Posts tagged with 'Channel Zero'.

Channel Zero t-shirt reissue

Back by popular demand (literally, in this case), the Channel Zero t-shirt from 2001.  Since this ran out that same year, I still get requests for more, see people wearing their battered remains at conventions.  So here it is, slightly updated, still the classic message, for pre-orders.

The run of shirts will be limited to pre-orders + an extremely small overprint, and then will be retired permanently.  

Depending on how this goes, more shirts will be coming.. both reissues and original designs.

Channel Zero

Andy Khouri gives me the Channel Zero interview I’d been waiting for, and also gets more out of me re: my “bleeding” essay from last week.  I enjoyed the hell out of this.

Please read, and comment.

CA: One of the things that people took notice of when Channel Zero was originally released (and rereleased) was its strong zine vibe. Here was this professionally published comic with a sophisticated narrative that was seemingly created in a method us kids could comprehend. I think it’s safe to say CZ inspired a lot of people in that way, making “making comics” seem like something demystified and attainable. I recall a distinct sense of community around this book in the comics scene, don’t you? 

BW: One mistake that is often made is for this book, and for me, to be labeled as a product of the [Warren Ellis Forum, a heavily trafficked comics advocacy/criticism/meme discussion board that ran from 1998 to late 2002] when the reality is that Warren and I connected, I believe, before the WEF started. I forget exactly when, but it was early enough that I was able to get a pull-quote from him to run on the cover of Channel Zero #2, which was released around April of 1998 [by Image Comics]. I started my own Delphi forum right around the time the WEF was born. But I was very active on the WEF, and most people who read CZ were, like you, reading the 2000 [trade paperback] edition from AIT.

And CZ had that strong zine vibe because that’s exactly how I created it. I didn’t own a computer. I used ink, paper, glue sticks, and a lot of blackmarket Kinko’s copy cards (I had friends on the inside). I eventually bought my own desktop photocopier, which changed my world. But by that point I had a lot of experience in making photocopied minicomics… we all did, that was what you did… and there was no other way I could have approached the making of Channel Zero at the time. Looking back, I’m struck at how easy it was: you make your marks on paper, paste it up, run off copies, and staple it. The end product is rough, sure, but there is no way that is harder than doing it all digitally. You just need the tools, and space. I guess you need a lot of space for that. It’s messy.

Not to sound old and overly nostalgic, but that was just a magical time for me, where I felt more creativity and freedom in a single day than I do in a week or a month now.

Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan
On sale May 30
B&W, 296 pages
Dark Horse Comics 

A blistering take on media control in a repressive future America! DMZ and The Massive creator Brian Wood launched an all-out assault on the comics medium in 1997 with Channel Zero, an influential, forward-thinking series that combined art, politics, and graphic design in a unique way. Touching on themes of freedom of expression, hacking, cutting-edge media manipulation, and police surveillance, it remains as relevant today as it did back then.

The Channel Zero collection contains the original series, the prequel graphic novel Jennie One (illustrated by Becky Cloonan), the best of the two Public Domain design books, and almost fifteen years of extras, rarities, short stories, and unused art. Also featuring the now-classic Warren Ellis introduction and an all-new cover by Wood, this is the must-have edition. See where it all began!

“It’s about anger as a positive force of creation . . . Someone’s remembered what comics are for. Meet Brian Wood.”—Warren Ellis

The “Brian Wood Project”

So Justin Giampaoli, of Thirteen Minutes, is one of the more thoughtful comic book commentators I see online these days, using considered and thoughtful analysis of books he likes in place of petty snark on books he dislikes (like too many of his peers).  He is also someone I can count on, each month, to review my books with honesty and care.  And now he’s started something called THE BRIAN WOOD PROJECT.

Part One: intro

Part Two: unifying theme of identity

Part Three:  Channel Zero

I think there may be twelve or so in total.  It’s enormously flattering and gratifying, and Justin is the only critic out there who’s twigged onto the “identity” thing in my work.  It’ll be interesting, for me, to see what he says and I hope the same for you as well.  Subscribe to the rss feed for Thirteen Minutes regardless, its always a good read.  

Building a better Channel Zero

This weekend I am taking some time to write a couple film treatments for my early comic book series Channel Zero.  Please note that this does not mean there is a film deal - what I am writing is a preemptive strike in that direction.  Channel Zero is outdated as a relevant bit of social fiction… I am striving to modernize the concept myself rather than leave that to someone else.

(the themes of Channel Zero need to change from what they were back in the mid-90’s (the emerging internet, hacking, freedom of speech) to what is relevant now:  the economy, environmentalism, class division, xenophobia, and homegrown terrorism)

What I’ve been having a hard time with is avoiding an Israel/Gaza type of situation… without meaning to I was writing a world that could easily be taken as being based on that.  But what was so fascinating is how easy, how truly easy it was to turn THAT into a analog of current rightwing Arizona politics.  Really easy.

Back to work.

Channel Zero: Public Domain now a free download


Press Release

Brian Wood announces the immediate and full reversion of publishing and other media rights for the Channel Zero designbook Public Domain.

First published in 2002 by AIT/Planet Lar, Public Domain is a collection of extras generated in 1996-98 during the creation of Wood’s first graphic novel Channel Zero. Consisting of unused pages, character designs, short stories, photography, and illustration, Public Domain is 145 pages of black and white artwork that is now available as a free PDF download here:

“This book is low res, rough and grainy, created mostly with ink, a photocopier, and a glue stick”, Brian Wood said. “I love it, it’s a look back to my time in art school before I owned a computer and I made mini comics and zines by hand. I’m a big process junkie so I was happy to assemble this material in the first place, and even happier now to make it widely available online.”

Channel Zero and Channel Zero: Jennie One (with artist Becky Cloonan) is still in print and orderable via your local comic book shop and through online shops.