Brian Wood (comics)

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Brian Wood
Wood at the Big Apple Convention, May 21, 2011.
Born (1972-01-29) January 29, 1972 (age 43)
Essex Junction, Vermont
Nationality American
Known for Graphic designer, illustrator, comic books
Notable work DMZ, Demo, Northlanders
Movement Contemporary
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 illustrations have appeared in short films for Nike.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wood was born in Essex Junction, Vermont. He relocated to New York City and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1997.[2]


Cover of DMZ #17, story and cover art by Brian Wood.
Cover of Local #8, story by Brian Wood and art by Ryan Kelly.

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.[3]> 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.[citation needed]

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.

Demo and Local[edit]

In late 2003, Wood quit his staff job at Rockstar Games[4] 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. 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".[5]

2005 – 2006[edit]

2006 saw the publication of the graphic novel The Tourist from Image Comics, and Supermarket, a 4-issue series from IDW drawn by Kristian Donaldson.

The DC / Vertigo exclusive years[edit]

In August 2006, DC Comics announced that Brian Wood was signed to an exclusive 2-year contract.[6]

Wood co-created DMZ, a critically acclaimed ongoing series from Vertigo for which he is best-known, Northlanders, a historical-fiction series set during the Viking Age, The New York Four and The New York Five, a young adult series, and a new Demo miniseries. For DC/Wildstorm, he wrote a DV8 miniseries with Rebekah Isaacs, and a Supernatural miniseries with Grant Bond.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Shortly after his DC Comics exclusive ended, Wood wrote a series of X-Men comics for Marvel, starting with the Wolverine & The X-Men: Alpha and Omega miniseries. He was then announced as the ongoing writer of the "adjectiveless" X-Men title and penned issues #30-37. He signed on to Ultimate Comics: X-Men and wrote issues #13-33[1]. When his X-Men book was cancelled and relaunched as an all-female title, he was announced as the writer[2] and wrote #1-17 of that series[3]. In 2014 he signed on to Moon Knight and is scheduled to write issues #6-12[4].

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wood lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children [5]. He is an avid CrossFitter[6], and recently came out as a lifelong stutterer [7]


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.[7] A few days later Fowler identified the writer in question as Brian Wood.[8] Wood subsequently admitted to making a pass at Fowler in 2003, but disputed the rest of Fowler's description of the event, stating that the encounter concluded when Fowler said no, and that there was never a quid pro quo offer of work, nor any threats or harassment afterwards.[9] In November 2013, she stated that Wood had apologized to her and she accepted[8][9][10]. She also put out a statement saying she had in fact forgiven him years earlier had since moved on, resisting calls for boycotts and stating that Wood should continue to work in the comics industry "unhindered".[10]


Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

DC Comics/Vertigo/Wildstorm[edit]

Other publishers[edit]




  • 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)


  1. ^ "Nike Develops Animated Shorts for Shox Neo Line" Advertising Age. January 12, 2005.
  2. ^ "Brian Wood". Parsons School of Design. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Varmus, Chris (July 14, 2007). "Sketched out". The Brooklyn Paper.
  4. ^ Manning, Shaun (August 4, 2003). "WWC: Brian Wood One-on-One". Comic Book Resources.
  5. ^ "Updates, December 19, 2006". Brian Wood's LiveJournal. Retrieved December 24, 2006. 
  6. ^ "WW: Chicago '06: Brian Wood Announces DC Exclusive / New Vertigo Ongoing". Newsarama. Retrieved September 10, 2006. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 28, 2013). "Tess Fowler and Modern Day Misogyny in the Comics Industry". Bleeding Cool. 
  8. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (November 14, 2013). "Comics have hit puberty... and it's not pretty". Comics Beat. 
  9. ^ Wood, Brian (November 15, 2013). "(Untitled)". 
  10. ^ Ching, Albert (November 15, 2013). "Brian Wood Responds to Misconduct Allegations". Comic Book Resources. 

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Preceded by
Jay Faerber
Generation X writer
(with Warren Ellis in 2000)
Succeeded by