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, August 31, 2005

my Local - John Cecil

I’m broke and I want a pack of cigarettes. I spent all my money getting drunk at Rudy’s Bar and Grill on 9th Ave earlier in the afternoon. It occurs to me that I have a bag of quarters I use for laundry. I can bring that to the corner store and easliy buy a seven-dollar pack of smokes.

So I grab the bag of quarters, about the size of a small sock, and I shove it into the pocket of my coat. I’m walking down the street when I see, off to my left, a guy in a parka with his back to me. There’s a woman in front of him, and it looks like he’s holding her, wrestling with her. She’s saying, “Stop it, stop it!”

I look around. There’s no one out here on West 43rd street except me and them. No cops to call, no one to help. No one but me. So I run up to the son of a bitch and I hit him in the back of his head, as hard as I can. Trying to be a hero.

It was a guy with his wife. The wife was holding their two-year-old. The dad was tring to put the kid’s shoe on. The mom had been telling the kid to stop fighting. The dad wasn’t hurt at all - I imagine because of his parka’s protective coating - but now he’s pissed off.

The mom is screaming at me, the dad wants to kick my ass, and the kid is laughing. Out of nowhere a beat cop shows up and I’m on my way to jail for assault. The dad wants to press charges.

I shoulda hit him with the bag of quarters.

- John Cecil, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Monday, August 29, 2005

Local #1 lettering maven

Local #1 is nearly complete, thanks to the incomparable Hope Larson and her magic lettering skills.

Good letters are nearly impossible to find, and I can add Hope to my short list of superstars, up there with Ryan Yount and Jared Fletcher.


Friday, August 26, 2005

my Local - Brad Searles

"When people ask where I grew up, I knee-jerk with 'Burlington, Vermont'. It's not technically true, and while I did do a lot of growing up on those small-city streets, I only answer that because there's a chance you might've actually heard of the place.

That's probably not the case with my real hometown, Essex Junction, a couple towns and a 30 minute bus ride away. So named for the intersecting railroad lines, and the main roads that come together in the center to form the Five Corners, it was a kind of transitionary place; It started with small-town suburbia on the western side, where I lived just a block from Mr. Wood, and ended with a few farms on the eastern side, where my grandfather raised cows and tended his gardens before being bought out by IBM.

My neighborhood was just a mile from the massive (well, for a Vermont kid)
Champlain Valley Fair, a week-long once-a-year gathering of shaky rides,
crazy carnies, farm animals, and tents full of video games. So many
memories made on that midway. Oh, and the music. The place is responsible
for my first ever concert, The Charlie Daniels Band, when I was 11 years
old. I'd blame my parents, but I'm sure I wanted to go. Coincidentally,
this year's fair kicks off this weekend, on August 27th. I may live in
Boston now, but I'm tempted to drive back up just for the one-two punch of
The Village People with K.C. & the Sunshine Band. Ok, maybe not that

I love the Fair's new slogan at www.cvfair.com: "Redefining Awesome!". Of
that, I have no doubt."

- Brad Searles, Essex Jct, VT born and bred.

After the Oni Panel

After the Oni Panel
Originally uploaded by Laurenn.
Me and editor James Lucas Jones, outfitted in standard convention gear.

Local #2 solicitation text

LOCAL #2 - "Polaroid Boyfriend"

While Megan's at work, he finds her hidden key and lets himself in to her apartment, spending the day reading her books, rummaging through drawers, and relaxing on her bed. He's gone by the time she comes home, leaving behind short love notes scrawled on the backs of the photographs he takes of himself. Is this just sick, twisted stalker games, or is he Megan McKeenan's new "Polaroid Boyfriend"? The second issue in this new series of stand-alone stories brings us to Minneapolis, Minnesota, LOCAL artist Ryan Kelly's hometown.

Ryan's drawing this issue now. Here's a little promo art.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

my Local - Molly Crabapple

"This is the window of Jigsaw Gallery. The girl is Lady J, a gogo dancer of extrodinary suppleness and no less remarkable intelligence. The night steaming up those windows was my February art opening, which was the sort of success that makes me glad I live in New York.

"Lady J almost caused a brawl. The fire trucks circled the block five times honking. And people hung out all night chatting till the frigid February dawn. Praise Jigsaw, soon leaving. New York is so fine."

-Molly Crabapple, NYC local.
photo by Gary Winter

LOCAL #1 - solicitation up!

in Previews now:

LOCAL #1 - "Ten Thousand Thoughts per Second"
story: Brian Wood
art: Ryan Kelly

A brand new 12-issue series from the co-creator of the critically acclaimed DEMO! We all come from somewhere, and whether it’s the big city or a small town, it’s part of what makes us who we are. Some people spend their whole life trying to escape, others never want to leave. Each self-contained single issue of LOCAL sees everyday people faced with life-changing choices that will affect not only themselves, but their friends, family, and the community they live in as well. Issue #1 introduces us to Portland, Oregon resident (and recurring character) Megan McKeenan as she finds herself in sticky situation she needs to get out of, fast. In that crucial split-second, Megan lives out the possible repercussions of the decision she makes.

The full Previews ad is here, which contains a lot of additional information about the series.

And finally, the order code: SEP053052 (stay tuned for a lot of me talking on the subject of pre-ordering :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

my LOCAL - Brian Wood, Brooklyn

Originally uploaded by brianwood.
Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

my LOCAL - Brian Wood, VT

willard st
Originally uploaded by brianwood.
The Willard St. market in Burlington, VT. Typical stories accompany this, mostly involving cheap beer and fake ID's. Nothing else to see here, move along.

the house I grew up in

the house I grew up in
Originally uploaded by brianwood.
Essex Juntion, VT. My parents bought it for a little over $20k in 1959. We moved away ages ago, and the new owners deforested much of the yard.

my LOCAL - Brian Wood, VT

242 main
Originally uploaded by brianwood.
The alley next to the Burlington, Vermont Teen Center, also known as 242 Main, where local bands play. How many hours have I spent standing, skating, and stumbling around back there?

Who The Hell Is Ryan Kelly?

Here's an article on the man himself, complete with 'portrait of the artiste', and a lot of info about his graphic novel Giant Robot Warriors. A snippet:

"Answering the door of his St. Paul house wearing a tan shirt with epaulets and a fedora, Kelly looks less like a political provocateur than a Pretty in Pink-era Jon Cryer. On the porch is an empty baby stroller and an overturned ashtray. Smiling sleepily, Kelly leads the way to his small second-floor studio, where he's just settled in for the day's work. The room is decorated with Kelly's paintings. One, which he made in art school, is of a bucolic suburban streetscape with an A-bomb looming overhead. There's also a Ringling Bros. calendar, and, taped to the wall above Kelly's drafting table, a cutout newspaper photograph of a grinning George W. Bush..."

(more in link)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

People Have Fun In Minnesota

People Have Fun In Minnesota
Originally uploaded by brianwood.
A little bit of teaser art for Local #2, courtesy of Local artist and Minneapolis resident Ryan Kelly.