Brian Wood (comics)
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Wood at the Big Apple Convention, May 21, 2011.
January 29, 1972 |
Essex Junction, Vermont
|Known for||graphic designer, illustrator, comic books|
|Notable work(s)||DMZ, Demo, Northlanders|
|Awards||5 Eisner Award nominations|
Brian Wood (born January 29, 1972) is a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York. He is known primarily as a comic book creator; Wood both writes and illustrates graphic novels and serialized monthly comic books for a variety of publishers.
During his comics career, Wood held a day job for several years as a staff designer for Rockstar Games, designing for video game franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Midnight Club, Max Payne, Smuggler's Run, and Manhunt. He has created covers for Warren Ellis's Global Frequency and his own DMZ, as well as many others.
Wood's first professional work in comics was the 5-issue miniseries Channel Zero, published by Image Comics in 1997, created as part of a final project for graduation from Parsons. Channel Zero is set in a dystopian near-future New York City where the tenets of Mayor Giuliani have grown into a freedom-restricting government initiative called 'The Clean Act'. The protagonist is Jennie 2.5, a DIY media personality. Channel Zero was orphaned shortly after Image Comics sold out of the first print run of the collection, opting not to return to press. AiT/Planet Lar acquired it soon afterwards and has kept the graphic novel in print.
Wood was absent from comics for several years, working at a series of Internet design jobs during the dot-com boom.> In early 2000, Warren Ellis offered Wood a co-writing job on Marvel Comics' Generation X, as part of Ellis's Counter-X run (in which Ellis served as "Plotmaster"). Wood co-wrote issues #63–70 with Ellis, and wrote #71–75 on his own. The series was canceled as part of incoming editor-in-chief Joe Quesada's attempts to simplify the X-Men franchise.
Wood returned to creator-owned comics between 2001 and 2003, producing several graphic novels and miniseries, including Couscous Express, The Couriers, and Jennie One for AIT, Pounded for Oni Press, and Fight For Tomorrow for DC's imprint Vertigo. He was employed as AIT's art director for roughly six months, creating not only their current logo and branding, but covers for many of the books they published during this time. He also found time to work again with Warren Ellis, creating 14 covers for the Wildstorm series Global Frequency.
In late 2003, Wood quit his staff job at Rockstar Games and teamed with artist Becky Cloonan to create the monthly series Demo. Each of the 12 issues told its own complete story, and included eight pages of "backmatter", bonus material that was intentionally left out of the eventual collected edition.
2005 - present
The Demo format proved so successful that Wood went on to replicate it, with minor changes, for his 12-issue series Local at Oni Press, begun in 2005 and drawn by artist Ryan Kelly. Local differs from Demo in that it includes a focal character, Megan McKeenan, whose character arc is gradually traced through the series, although she is not always the protagonist within each issue. This difference has led Local down its own path; Wood refers to it as "transcending its 'done in one' format to really be about Megan's story, her life, that progression over time".
In August 2006, DC Comics announced that Brian Wood was signed to an exclusive 2-year contract. While an exclusive contract, it still allows for Wood to complete his current commitments to other publishers, including Local at Oni Press, and Dogs Day End with Top Shelf.
Wood's other work includes DMZ, a critically acclaimed ongoing series from Vertigo for which he is quickly becoming best-known, Northlanders, a historical-fiction series set during the Viking Age, and The New York Four, a young adult graphic novel, a new Demo miniseries as well as the re-release of the original Demo collection.. all from DC/Vertigo and DC/Minx.
Wood has also been writing Ultimate Comics: X-Men for Marvel, beginning with issue 13.
In October 2013, Tess Fowler went public with an account of what she called misogynistic behavior towards her by a comics writer at the San Diego Comic Con, whom she accused of feigning interest in her work as cover for entertaining a sexual attraction to her, and harassing her after she declined. A few days later Fowler identified the writer in question as Brian Wood. Wood subsequently admitted to making a pass at Fowler in 2003, but disputed the rest of Fowler's description of the event, saying that the encounter concluded when Fowler declined his advances, and that there was never a quid pro quo offer of work, nor any threats or harassment afterwards. In November 2013, she stated that Wood had apologized to her, and she had accepted his apology years earlier.
Dark Horse Comics
- Conan the Barbarian #1-25 (with Becky Cloonan, James Harren, Vasilis Lolos, and others, 2012–2014)
- Dark Horse Presents #8-10: "The Massive" (with Kristian Donaldson, 2012)
- The Massive #1-ongoing (#1-3 with Kristen Donaldson, #4-9, #13-present with Garry Brown)
- Star Wars #1-20 (with Carlos D'Anda, and others, 2013-2014)
- Channel Zero #1-5 (script and art, Image, 1998)
- The Tourist (with Toby Cypress, graphic novel, tpb, 104 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-58240-597-2)
- CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics #2: "Channel Zero: Urban Combat" (script and art, 2009)
- The Couriers (with Rob G and Brett Weldele) as "The Couriers: Complete Collection" (script, 2012)
- Mara #1-6 (with Ming Doyle, 2012)
- Generation X:
- Counter-X Volume 2 (tpb, 192 pages, 2008, ISBN 0-7851-3305-4) collects:
- "Four Days" (with Steve Pugh and Ron Lim, in #71-74, 2001)
- "Brand New Day" (with Ron Lim, in #75, 2001)
- Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1-5 (with Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi, 2012) collected as TPB, 120 pages, 2012, ISBN 0-7851-6400-6
- X-Men, volume 3 #30-37 (with David Lopez, 2012)
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men #13-33 (with Paco Medina, 2012–2013)
- X-Men, volume 4 #1-17 (with Olivier Coipel, Terry Dodson, Kris Anka, Clay Mann 2013-2014)
- Fight for Tomorrow #1-6 (with Denys Cowan and Kent Williams, 2002–2003) collected as Fight for Tomorrow (tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1562-9)
- DMZ (script and art, with Riccardo Burchielli, Kristian Donaldson, Nathan Fox, Danijel Žeželj, Nikki Cook, Ryan Kelly, Andrea Mutti, Cliff Chiang, David Lapham, Shawn Martinbrough and others, 2006–2012) collected as:
- On the Ground (collects #1-5, tpb, 128 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1062-7)
- Body of a Journalist (collects #6-12, tpb, 168 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1247-6)
- Public Works (collects #13-17, tpb, 128 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1476-2)
- Friendly Fire (collects #18-22, tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1662-5)
- The Hidden War (collects #23-28, tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1833-4)
- Blood in the Game (collects #29-34, tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2130-0)
- War Powers (collects #35-41, tpb, 168 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2430-X)
- Hearts and Minds (collects #42-49, tpb, 192 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2726-0)
- M.I.A. (collects #50-54, tpb, 128 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2996-4)
- Collective Punishment (collects #55-59, tpb, 128 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3150-0)
- Free States Rising (collects #60-65, tpb, 168 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3389-9)
- The Five Nations of New York (collects #66-72, tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3479-8)
- Northlanders (with Davide Gianfelice, Dean Ormston, Ryan Kelly, Vasilis Lolos, Danijel Žeželj, Leandro Fernandez, Fiona Staples, Riccardo Burchielli, Becky Cloonan, Simon Gane, Matt Woodson, Marian Churchland, Paul Azaceta and Declan Shalvey, 2008–2012) collected as:
- Sven the Returned (collects #1-8, tpb, 200 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1918-7)
- The Cross + The Hammer (collects #11-16, tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2296-X)
- Blood in the Snow (collects #9-10 and 17-20, tpb, 144 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2620-5)
- The Plague Widow (collects #21-28, tpb, 192 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2850-X)
- Metal and Other Stories (collects #29-36, tpb, 192 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3160-8)
- Thor's Daughter (collects #37-41, tpb, 128 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3366-X)
- The Icelandic Trilogy (collects #42-50, tpb, 200 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-3691-X)
- The New York Four (with Ryan Kelly, graphic novel, tpb, 176 pages, Minx, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1154-2)
- Demo Volume II #1-6 (with Becky Cloonan, 2010) collected as Demo Volume II (tpb, 160 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2995-6)
- The New York Five #1-4 (with Ryan Kelly, 2010–2011) collected as The New York Five (tpb, 144 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3291-4)
- Tales of the Unexpected: "Americana" (with Emily Carroll, one-shot, 2011)
- Supernatural #1-6 (with Grant Bond, 2011–2012) collected as Supernatural: The Dogs of Edinburgh (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3506-9)
- Global Frequency (covers only, 2002–2004, 2012)
- DV8: Gods & Monsters (with Rebekah Ann Isaacs, 2010–2011) collected as DV8: Gods & Monsters (tpb, 192 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2973-5)
- No Justice/No Piece #2: "Cold Transfer" (art, with Michelle Lo, Head Press, 1998)
- Astronauts in Trouble: Live from the Moon #1: "Stone, Cold" (art, with Larry Young, Gun Dog, 1999)
- Overtime #1 (cover only, Cyberosia, 2002)
- Oni Press:
- Vampirella (Harris):
- Project: Superior: "The Watcher" (script and art, anthology graphic novel, 288 pages, AdHouse Books, 2005, ISBN 0-9721794-8-8)
- Supermarket #1-4 (with Kristian Donaldson, IDW, 2006) collected as Supermarket (tpb, 104 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-60010-009-0)
- Decoy: Menagerie Volume 2: "Magic Bullets" (with Martin Montiel, anthology graphic novel, 162 pages, Penny-Farthing Press, 2006, ISBN 0-9719012-7-9)
- Badlands tpb (cover only, 2002,)
- Black Heart Billy tpb (cover only, 2002)
- Channel Zero: Jennie One Original Graphic Novel (with Becky Cloonan, 2003)
- CousCous Express OGN (with Brett Weldele, 2001)
- The Couriers OGNs (with Rob G):
- Demo Volume 1 #1-12 (with Becky Cloonan, 2003)
- Nobody tpb (cover only, 2002)
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- Logos for Warren Ellis' comics forum The Engine
- Logos and art direction (2003–2004) for San Francisco-based publishing company AiT/Planet Lar
- Staff designer for Rockstar Games (1999–2003); package design for:
- Package design for Eidos' Backyard Wrestling 2
- Logo designs for Sandbox Strategies, The Comic Book Database, artbomb.net
- Book designs for 1000 Steps to World Domination, Bad Mojo, Blackheart Billy, Tales from Fish Camp
- Web designer for ivillage.com, nerve.com, neoplanet.com, agency.com
- Illustration, character and environment design for (five short films)
- Future Imperfect, producer / production manager.
- Eisner Award Nomination for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (2004)
- Eisner Award Nomination for Best Cover Artist (for Global Frequency) (2004)
- Eagle Awards Nomination for Favourite Comic Book Cover (Global Frequency #7) (2004)
- Eisner Award Nomination for Best Single Issue (Demo #7) (2005)
- Eisner Award Nomination for Best Limited Series (Demo) (2005)
- Winner of Grand Jury Best Short Story (Demo's "Emmy"), Lucca Comics & Games, Italy (2007)
- Eagle Awards Nomination for Favourite Black and White Comicbook – American (Local) (2007)
- Eisner Award Nomination for Best Writer (for DMZ, Northlanders, Local) (2008)
- Harvey Award Nomination for Best Presentation (for "Local) (2009)
- Eisner Award Nomination for Best Limited Series (The New York Five) (2011)
- "Nike Develops Animated Shorts for Shox Neo Line" Advertising Age. January 12, 2005.
- "Brian Wood". Parsons School of Design. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Varmus, Chris (July 14, 2007). "Sketched out". The Brooklyn Paper.
- Manning, Shaun (August 4, 2003). "WWC: Brian Wood One-on-One". Comic Book Resources.
- "Updates, December 19, 2006". Brian Wood's LiveJournal. Retrieved December 24, 2006.
- "WW: Chicago '06: Brian Wood Announces DC Exclusive / New Vertigo Ongoing". Newsarama. Retrieved September 10, 2006.
- Johnston, Rich (Octotber 28, 2013). "Tess Fowler and Modern Day Misogyny In The Comics Industry". Bleeding Cool.
- MacDonald, Heidi (November 14, 2013). "Comics have hit puberty... and it's not pretty". Comics Beat.
- Wood, Brian (November 15, 2013). "(Untitled)". brianwood.com.
- Ching, Albert (November 15, 2013). "Brian Wood Responds to Misconduct Allegations". Comic Book Resources.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brian Wood (comics).|
- Brian Wood at the Comic Book DB
- Q&A Interview with Brian Wood at Scripts & Scribes
- Podcast interview with Brian Wood at comiXology
- Brian Wood's homepage
- New York Four synopses
|Generation X writer
(with Warren Ellis in 2000)