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

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Mark Fossen on Local #2

Focused Totality:

"What really strikes me about this... is that it feels a bit like life. Removed from the superpowers of Demo, Wood is showing he can write simple naturalism that manages to be more dramatic than a pure slice of life... an excellent balance here of showing us real life, but only showing us the bits that matter.

"...a story of two people who obviously have deeply embedded relationship shrapnel, but try to make a connection. Only a year earlier Megan ended a very abusive relationship, so the idea of a "Polaroid Boyfriend" must be attractive: a man that sneaks into her house, leaves pictures of himself, then disappears before she gets home. She never sees him, never speaks to him, but he's always there at the end of the day... all the caring, none of the messy reality.

"In various hands, this scenario could either be the basis for a horror tale, or a romance... Wood realizes it's both. He doesn't shy away from the fact that it's damn weird, and possibly unhinged ... but he ends the issue on a note of romantic hope. Megan herself runs through the gamut of reactions, but finally seems to realize that she needs to make a human connection...

"Ryan Kelly again gives the book an emotional depth past the bare bones of the script. Both his environments and characters are flawed and look "lived in", and that realism heightens the balance that Wood is trying to achieve... Wood mentions in the backmatter that silent scenes (which make up the bulk of this issue) can be tricky, as it takes an accomplished artist to slow the eye down and not let the reader rip through the book in 30 seconds. Kelly's most amazing feat in this issue is just that: his silent panels are highly compressed and rich with information. This reads like a long book, and the silent scenes are the ones that take the longest and are the most rewarding."



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