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Local Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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"This is the quintessential "must own" indie comic and a piece of material that should grace every discerning reader's bookcase everywhere." --Ain't It Cool News
"LOCAL is the kind of book that you could base an entire career on; it's some of the strongest work I've seen from Wood and Kelly, and it doesn't surprise me that it's also the most attractive collected edition I've seen from Oni Press. From the metallic fifth ink on the lower half of the front cover, to the soft cloth binding on the spine, it's a truly handsome book that you'll want to have on your bookshelf. I was also delighted to see that the back of the book collected not only Wood and Kelly's essays from the original issues, but color reproductions of the covers and even the guest-artist pin-ups, all of which could have been easily left out. LOCAL is a really remarkable book, both in terms of what Wood and Kelly initially planned on doing, and in the final execution. This is, easily, one of the books of the year. Prepare to take a trip around the United States and Canada with Megan McKeenan. Trust me, you won't regret it." --Comic Book Resources
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Top Customer Reviews
Megan, our main character in Local, goes through a personal life journey. She is the everyman in a world full of everymen, and I think that's the main appeal of this book. We see abit of ourselves in Megan and in the other characters. We can identify with her struggles, her struggles with her own identity, with her purpose, with her life. It's what everyone of us goes through on a daily basis, and that reason is why we take to Megan's world very quickly.
Patterned after Demo but not quite. These are single issue self-contained stories dealing with different periods in Megan's life (from young adult to adult). Many of them feature Megan as the main focus, while the rest are more about the peripheral characters rather than Megan herself. But one thing's for sure, she appears in everyone of them, and she, I think, is the touchbase on which we fall back on most of the time, thus making her feel real and human.
And the pacing's very suited to that kind of storytelling. Here, like Demo, you'll feel like you're getting to know the characters at a leisurely pace. Every detail in Ryan's art gives you just a little bit more insight into the characters and at the end of it you always come away feeling like you know them like you would real people. Everyone of these characters feel very three dimensional, and I think this is a testament to the level of maturity in both Brian and Ryan. Brian knows how people tick, and Ryan does a good job depicting that here.Read more ›
Many have noted that she's like almost every other main character in Indy comics but that's the problem with the genre.Read more ›
Coming of age - like to read about that? Get this.
This great book offers the entire 12 part series previously published by Oni Press as single books.
Local is the story of Megan McKeenan on her way to find herself.
She meets ordinary people on the way, and lesser ones too. She works here and there, falls in and out of love and lives through all the different stages of happiness and deception in much the same way that we all do.
Very much like in real life every encounter leaves a memory and shapes Megan's character.
As you follow the girl/ young woman on her journey through the different US towns and states you can't stop yourself from remembering your own past and what changed you along the way. Who and what made you into the person you have grown to be?
Although the stories are interconnected, once you finish reading the entire storyline it's just as rewarding to read them crisscross all over again.
The art perfectly fits the scene. Black and white, always moving, with thick lines yet sketchy. Well done Ryan Kelly!
Brian Wood's writing is top notch. Period.
The collection, a perfectly sewn bound HC, comes with tons of sketches, notes from both artists on the creative process and a color cover gallery.
You should also check out these other books: Brian Wood: Demo, DMZ ; Ryan Kelly: American Virgin, New York Four
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wish I never read it, because now I will never be able to experience reading it for the first time again. Seriously it's definitely worth reading, grab this thing now.Published 5 months ago by Simon
While perusing through the shelves of graphic novels and trade paperbacks at my local library, I discovered Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly's "Local" purely by accident. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jesse Rose
I fairly like books that focus on realistic characters and their difficulties with social integration. Megan is the result of a unstructured family. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Yuki Takano
book had a small dent in it but ITS USED so I figured it would have some wear and tear. Love the illustrations.Published 24 months ago by M. Brown
Brian Wood is really a unique talent in the comics world. This slice of life vignette of interlocking stories was something I couldn't put down. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Lt. Dangle
Local is a book that I have loved since I first got it. I read it through probably yearly and has been an amazing read. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by tgw
one of the best things about this book is how the short stories are setup and ordered it makes the story more profound!!!
i put this on my top ten best
It's a great read! This was my first time reading a Brian Wood comic and I was blown away. The art is fantastic and the story really shows the lead character getting older and... Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by AAAAA
Good collection of short stories pivoting around the presence, or absence, of Megan McKeenan as the main reference, and her growth as she moves through the States. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Daniel Lobo