This is a group workblog for the Oni Comics series LOCAL.

"Perfect three-minute single. You're going to want this one. Trust me." - Warren Ellis
"Some of the sharpest slices of life the medium has ever seen. Highly recommended." - Brian K. Vaughan
"a rare and enviable thing... painfully easy to enjoy."- Gail Simone
"the coolest short film never shown on the IFC or Sundance Channel." - Sequential Tart
"best of 2005" - The Daily Oklahoman

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Local #1 Out Today - Official Comment Thread

Today's the day! After a false alarm last week, Local #1 is out. Let us know what you think.

Also, as a bonus, here's a 7-page preview of Local #2.



At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

Hey. I thought the issue was brilliant. Really, I think the way in which the story was told structurally was very effective.

If you are interested, I wrote a review on my site, here.

Congratulations and good luck from a new (and happy) "Local" reader.


At 11:04 PM, Blogger Ritter said...

Good stuff. I especially like how you plan to age the book by a year every issue. Should make for some interesting character development.

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Dominic said...

Great issue, did a really good job of capturing the sort of thoughts that go through one's head when doing something you feel uncomfortable about.

It is going to be really interesting to see the situations that the character gets into in future issues.

Great job.

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Ichiban Sensei said...

Great work! I'm an immediate fan and hope you bring a story line to Dallas, Texas.

I really enjoyed that Megan made a powerful decision to leave that prick driver -- the battered-wife stuff is so tired; I'm glad there's a story where the girl takes a stand!

I posted a small review at ichibancomics.blogspot.com. Thanks,

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Tina Treason said...

i agree with ichiban--megan is a terrific female lead, not only because she left that creep in the end, but because she's real, she had to think about it, she had to play it out in her head before she decided on the right course of action.

also i loved the bits at the end with brian and ryan's song lists. it allows every reader to make a little mix tape if they want to, and delve further into the spirit of the city.

this is beautiful work. i can't wait for the next one.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger 1031 said...

Loved the book, Brian. I'm really looking forward to seeing Megan's progress as she grows from issue to issue.

And Ryan's art is fantastic. Looks to be a perfect choice for this series. And you wanted him to paint your ceiling...

At 5:46 PM, Blogger -joel- said...

i went bouncing into the comic shop today. they always say the best things happen on thursdays, and today was pretty great indeed. the pumpkins were playing on the stereo, the store was bustling and even the staff seemed fairly chirpy. it was definatley an exiting time because i got my local too !

lovely just lovely . i liked the way things got progressively worse until she made the right descision.
and no matter where you come from, we all have that in common, that good choices are always there to be made.

nice one bri.
(you made an awesome choice on the artist too, the scene where she's outside the the station was such a heavy and uplifting image, the whole feel of the imagery was perfect. pannel one on page5 is my favorite i think, where she looks back out to the car. its all amazing, especially the use of the colour half tone shading effect.)

At 3:42 PM, Blogger jeffjohns said...

Bought my copy last night.

LOVED it. More than anything else I can remember reading lately, it read like an independent film...

The splash page of her leaving him, and the half-splash on the facing page are just gorgeous. Love the zipatone.

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Mark Fossen said...

Brian, Ryan, James ...

It was great. I have a full review up at my blog, but it was great. I thought that the story-variation hook was a great way to get us invested in the character without explaining her to death.

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Chris Nolan.ca said...

Just a quick job well done. Look forward to future issues.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger IƱaki said...

Yesterday I received my copy here in Barcelona, Spain.

Really like the story and art. Very interesting the idea of seeing different consequencies of acts. Very good use of art at the resolution, splash page, bigger pictures and so. Now she's free. For me you are a very good team.

Ryan's art remembers me another artist I love so much, Paul Pope.

Want to see more...

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Ecto said...

Brian and Ryan,

Congrats on the kickoff of an excellent new series in Local.

I halfway expected the story to be somewhat mundane, slice of everyday life kind of stuff. (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

But you guys far exceeded my expectations. At first I thought there might be a printing error of some sort, the first time Megan goes back to the beginning. I was confused as heck! Once I realized what you were doing, I just loved it. First-rate dramatic storytelling, guys -- original, inventive, believable.

I am excited and looking forward to the next year of Local!

Elton Pruitt


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