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

Friday, January 27, 2006

theories, reviews...


"Continuing one of my favorite new series and even better than the first two issues. Another self-contained story (with a slight link to the first two), it's the tale of a band, Theories and Defenses, after it's broken up and returned home to Richmond, Va., after years of traveling and touring. Each of the band's four members look at picking up the pieces of their lives. Writer Brian Wood weaves all four stories around an interview the band's acerbic frontman is giving to a music magazine, and it's a real masterpiece of pacing, storytelling and setting. Each character is drawn with fine details in a tiny amount of space -- the weary, witty frontman, the sleazy drummer, the quiet professional. You get a feel for the nomadic life of a musician and how easy it is to get lost in it. Loving details by artist Ryan Kelly such as album cover art and a vivid imagined history for Theories and Defenses make this issue feel real and lived-in. Local #3 is just a great, compact and evocative little comic book, and one I'll pass on to people who think comics are all capes and spandex to show them otherwise. Grade: A+"



"It's the art of the short story, told by somebody who knows how to tell a short story.

But even better than that, it's the short story told by someone who knows how to leverage the nature of comics (that unique synthesis of word and picture) to tell the story in a way that no other medium can.

I said that Local #1 was the coolest short film you'll never see on the IFC or Sundance Channel.

To tranlate all the layers and nuances found in this issue would require a frikkin feature film.

And it's got to be one of the most perfect examples of just knowing (and using) how comics work and what they can do that words and film can't to load layers of meaning ... the medium is integral to the content of the story -- it's richness, it's depth.

Go. Buy. Read. Look at what is said and how it is said and marvel at how elegantly it all comes together."



At 11:49 AM, Blogger Nik said...

Thanks for the link, Brian! Really did love the heck out of this issue, great job by all.

At 2:42 PM, Blogger 1031 said...

Indeed. This is probably my favorite of the three issues so far.

It's definitely more interesting, to me, anyway, what happens to people once they've hit their peak and are on their way down. I think that's when you really see the true nature of a person.

You guys did a great job with Megan's cameo, too. Who hasn't had that feeling, when you meet a hero, a role-model, favorite writer, whatever, and they turn out to be a total asshole, and it's just so utterly disappointing, you want to go home and throw out all their stuff.

It's more difficult to enjoy a person's work, I think, when you get to know them on a more personal level and they're entirely not what you expect, which may or may not be fair, but it's definitely human nature.


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