Brian Wood (comics)
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|Known for||Graphic designer, illustrator, comic books|
|Notable work||DMZ, Demo, Northlanders|
|Awards||5 Eisner Award nominations|
Brian Wood (born 1972) is a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He is known primarily as a comic book creator; Wood both writes, illustrates, and designs graphic novels and serialized monthly comic books.
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.
Wood was born in Essex Junction, Vermont. He relocated to New York City and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1997. He is an avid CrossFitter , and recently came out as a lifelong stutterer 
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.
Demo and Local
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. 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".
2005 – 2006
The DC / Vertigo exclusive years
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.
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. When his X-Men book was cancelled and relaunched as an all-female title, he was announced as the writer and wrote #1-17 of that series. In 2014 he signed on to Moon Knight and is scheduled to write issues #6-12.
Dark Horse Comics
- Conan the Barbarian #1–25 (with Becky Cloonan, James Harren, Vasilis Lolos, and others, 2012–2014) collected as:
- Volume 13: Queen Of The Black Coast (collects #1–6, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5043-0)
- Volume 14: The Death (collects #7–12, tpb, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5123-2)
- Volume 15: Nightmare Of The Shallows (collects #13–18, tpb, 152 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5385-5)
- Volume 16: The Song Of Belit (collects #19–25, tpb, 176 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-6165-5524-6)
- Channel Zero Collected Omnibus Graphic Novel (with Becky Cloonan, 2012)
- 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) collected as:
- Black Pacific (collects #1–6 + three short stories first appearing in Dark Horse Presents #8-10, 176 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5132-1)
- Subcontinental (collects #7–12, tpb, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5316-2)
- Longship (collects #13–18, tpb, 152 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5446-0)
- Sahara (collects #19–24, tpb, 152 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-6165-5508-4)
- Ragnarok (collects #25–30, tpb, 152 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-6165-5652-8)
- Star Wars #1–20 (with Carlos D'Anda, and others, 2013–2014) collected as:
- In The Shadow Of Yavin (collects #1–6, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5170-4)
- From The Ruins Of Alderaan (collects #7–12, tpb, 152 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6165-5311-1)
- Rebel Girl (collects #15–18, tpb, 96 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5483-5)
- A Shattered Hope (collects #13–14, #19-20, plus the FCBD story, tpb, 112 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-6165-5483-5)
- The New York Four Collected Omnibus Graphic Novel (with Ryan Kelly, 2014)
- Eve: Valkyrie #1–4 (with Eduardo Francisco and others, 2015-)
- Demo (comics) Collected Omnibus Graphic Novel (with Becky Cloonan, 2015)
- Rebels #1– (with Andrea Mutti and others, 2015-)
- 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)
- Starve #1– (with Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart, 2015-)
- Black Road #1– (with Garry Brown, 2015-)
- 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) collected as
- Moon Knight #7–12 (with Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire), 2014–2015), collected as:
- Volume 2: Dead Will Rise (tpb, 136 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-5409-4)
- 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)
- 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)
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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.
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- Brian Wood at the Comic Book DB
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- Brian Wood's homepage
- New York Four synopses
|Generation X writer
(with Warren Ellis in 2000)