Brian Wood has announced the reversion of publishing rights to his debut work, Channel Zero, and its prequel, Jennie One.
According to the press release:
First published in 1998 by Image Comics and later in 2000 by AIT/Planet Lar, Channel Zero is writer/artist Brian Wood’s first published comic, born out of a senior thesis project for Parsons School of Design. Critically acclaimed and hugely influential, the book went on to enjoy six editions in its collected form. Wired Magazine called it “surprising and fresh.” Famed comics creator Warren Ellis called it “one of the most uplifting comics of the 1990’s”.
Channel Zero might be as definitive a response to the Giuliani years in New York City as DMZ is to the Bush presidency. Written during the “peace and prosperity” of the Clinton administration, the book nevertheless looks at the darker side of a lot of the “cleanup” issues of the time period. Jennie One, the (anti?)heroine of both books, set the tone for Wood’s complicated, compelling female characters, and Jennie One the book was the beginning of Wood’s collaboration with the always fabulous Becky Cloonan.
Keep an eye out for more news on the books, as Wood is now free to find a new publisher for a possible new edition.