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Writer Brian Wood announced today via press release that the rights to a couple of his early works, Channel Zero and Channel Zero: Jennie One, have reverted back to him from AiT/Planet Lar:
Brian Wood announces the immediate and full reversion of publishing and all other rights for the critically-acclaimed Channel Zero and Channel Zero: Jennie One graphic novels.
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”.
Jennie One, the prequel graphic novel from 2003, was illustrated by Becky Cloonan, and pre-dates Demo as their first collaborative project.
“In so many ways, Channel Zero is my baby, and I’m thrilled to hold the rights again, “Wood said. “It’s the foundation that everything else I’ve written was built on. Look for more announcements soon as the two books get a new life in 2009.”
Wood and Cloonan’s rights to Demo reverted back to them in 2007, and the book was re-released by Vertigo last year. A second Demo series is due from Vertigo later this year.