Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, Demo) has announced the full reversion of publishing and other media rights for Public Domain, the Channel Zero design book originally released in 2002 by AiT/Planet Lar.
The book, which consists of unused pages from Channel Zero, character designs, short stories and other material, is now available as a free PDF download on Wood’s website. Channel Zero was Wood’s first graphic novel.
In September, Wood and artist Becky Cloonan announced the rights reversion for their critically acclaimed 2003 series Demo.
Vertigo will release a new collected edition of that comic this spring.
The full text of the Public Domain press release can be found below:
Brian Wood Announces ‘Public Domain’ Rights Reversion and Free Download
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – January 30, 2008 — Brian Wood announces the immediate and full reversion of publishing and other media rights for the Channel Zero designbook Public Domain.
First published in 2002 by AIT/Planet Lar, Public Domain is a collection of extras generated in 1996-98 during the creation of Wood’s first graphic novel Channel Zero. Consisting of unused pages, character designs, short stories, photography, and illustration, Public Domain is 145 pages of black and white artwork that is now available as a free PDF download here: www.brianwood.com/downloads
“This book is low res, rough and grainy, created mostly with ink, a photocopier, and a glue stick”, Brian Wood said. “I love it, it’s a look back to my time in art school before I owned a computer and I made mini comics and zines by hand. I’m a big process junkie so I was happy to assemble this material in the first place, and even happier now to make it widely available online.”
Channel Zero and Channel Zero: Jennie One (with artist Becky Cloonan) is still in print and orderable via your local comic book shop and through online shops.
Brian Wood is currently writing DMZ and Northlanders for DC/Vertigo, The New York Four for DC/Minx and Local for Oni Press. He can be found at www.brianwood.com.