Actually, talking of Brian Wood as I just was, apparently in the festive rush I missed the following:
LOCAL’s coming along well, though slowly. Ryan’s on #9 now, and I should have a release date for #8 shortly. This book’s been exciting to write… turning into a true epic, transcending its “done in one” format to really be about Megan’s story, her life, that progression over time. When I started the book I felt that part of it would be small, almost an afterthought, but as is common with my writing, things evolve as I go, and I’m never hesitant to let the plan change. This will be one that, when read in its collected format, will truly be more than the sum of its parts. I was re-reading some old notes for the book, and the first draft proposal carried the tagline: A NOVEL IN TWELVE PARTS, which now seems strangely prescient. I may have to bring that back.
Also: Ann Arbor was the intended location for LOCAL #11, but we’re changing it to Toronto. (apologies to Meghann Sheridan and Vault of Midnight)
NORTHLANDERS: did I talk about this already? #1′s been written and I’m extremely happy with it. Took me several drafts to get the voice down, as well as the panels and pacing. This is a very dense book – I ended up shortening the original outline from 12 issues to 8, and then fitting two issues of story into this first issue. It’s a great process to go through as a writer, to take something you’ve written and remove absolutely everything that isn’t needed to tell the story. Amazing to see just how much can be cut, and how much better it is for it.
We should be announcing the artist soon, with some preview art to show.
2007: Year of Wood? If nothing else, more Local will make me a happy boy.