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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.  

NPR on Local

'Local' Girl Makes Good. Eventually.

'Local' cover.

Megan McKeenan, the young woman at the center of Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s comic series Local, is a tough character to like. Which is probably why I ended up liking her so damn much.

Simply put, she screws up. Like, a lot. For most of Local's 12-issue run, she screws up both royally and serially, propelled from bad choice to bad choice by a high-octane blend of impulse, selfishness and emotional need.

Or to put that another way: She’s in her early 20s.

When we first meet her in issue one, however, she’s still only 18 or so, living in Portland, Ore., with an addict boyfriend. By issue’s end, Megan will have dealt with that particular situation by not dealing with it — by ditching the chump and taking off for a new city without a word.

This will turn out to be something of a pattern for her; that pattern supplies Local with its theme and its structure. Each subsequent issue finds Megan roughly one year older than in the one before, having repaired to a new city in the wake of whatever bad bit of business she encountered in the previous issue.

Ryan Wood’s inks bring a meticulous, well-researched attention to each new locale that will have residents playing spot-the-neighborhood-landmark. And the best thing about the oversized, hardcover edition of the run, in stores today, is the ability to pore over Kelly’s rich backgrounds and appreciate their detail without risking an aneurysm.

Wood and Kelly set out to show nothing less than how Megan herself gets shaped by each new city, and by the particular choices — good and bad — she makes there. Over the course of the series, we watch her reckless (okay: dumb) behavior give way to reflection, her youthful, omnidirectional anger gradually recede to reveal a quieter kind of strength.

But Local's creators are more concerned with life than with life lessons, and because they assiduously avoid judging Megan, you probably won't either.

Unless you’ve completely forgotten what you were like to be around in your early 20s.