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Depuis qu'elle a quitté Portland, Megan parcours les Etats-Unis à la recherche d'un foyer. De l'Oregon à Chicago, en passant par Austin au Texas, Brooklyn ou encore Halifax en Nouvelle-Ecosse, elle croise une multitude de personnages. A l'issue de ce road trip, elle trouvera ce foyer tant désiré.
Paperback, 323 pages
Published August 2010 (first published September 17th 2008)
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Felicia
First, this novel is a pleasure to look at and hold. So well packaged. I read this in one sitting, I enjoyed it like an indie movie, but it was really reading the artist/writer entries at the back that led me to re-read it and appreciate it on a whole different level. I am beginning to really love the innovation and freedom of narrative that is possible with the graphic novel genre. This is a great entry for my shelf of keepers!
Anna  (Bananas!)
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Local is a collection of 12 disjointed stories about (or in some way related to) the central character, Megan McKeenan. She’s not always a likeable character. She abandons people. She doesn’t appreciate her family. She lies to strangers to entertain herself or to escape or just out of boredom-it’s not clear.

Taken one story at a time, at first it doesn’t add up to much. But what you get at the end is a picture of a girl’s life, things that happened to her, mistakes she made, and how she ultimat...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Most peoples' perception of the opposite sex are pretty damn flawed. There's really only three kinds of people anyone really deals with, the people who you're attracted to, the people who are attracted to you, and the people thrown your way by circumstances (coworkers, churches, book groups, etc). This is hardly a scientific cross sample of anything, but people base their perceptions around such data.

Much has been said about the sort of capricious girls some men find eternally screwing with thei...more
Caroline
Sep 23, 2008 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Quick, Erin
Shelves: comics
A beautiful, oversize collection of the 12-issue comics series by writer Brian Wood and artist Ryan Kelly. The conceit behind "Local" is that each issue represents a year (from roughly 2004 to 2006) and each highlights a different North American city. It also becomes -- almost accidentally, it seems -- the story of Megan, who slowly grows from a teenage runaway into an adult. We see how she changes with every place and watch her interact with (or just as often, avoid interacting with) new people...more
Paul Dinger
I am fast becoming a huge fan of Brian Wood's. Like Demo, this book is about fringe characters, those who are rootless and alienated. The main character Megan is herself rootless, a reluctant travelor who can't put down roots. It is fitting then that she is our guide to perscription drug addicts, brothers who lose it and nearly destroy their famillies, and even her own family torn apart not just by the tragic death of their mother, but of the horrible house where they grew up. Her brother is so...more
Nick Kives
This book is very nicely done, some great art, and purely in black and white. Only problem with this book is that is weights about as much as the 7th Harry Potter book, and is taller so it doesn't make for the easiest book to carry around.

This book is broken into twelve chapters and each one takes place in a different city, but the main character Megan is central to about 10 of the 12 and is in the other 2 in some way. It is telling the story of her life as she drives to figure out where she bel...more
Nicky
Local is mostly the story of Megan McKeenan and her insatiable wanderlust. Each of the 12 stories collected here is set in a different city as she travels around, taking meaningless jobs, hooking up with guys, maybe-almost falling in love, reminiscing about her past, and trying (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) to stay one step ahead of herself. Along the way, she gets into all kinds of trouble and makes a lot of stupid decisions. Basically, this book is like an ode to the nightmare that i...more
Lauren
I took my time reading this one, as I tend to go through graphic novels much too quickly. The first story really drew me in - a bit like "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre with all the possible outcomes and scenarios of one single action - as you meet Megan McKinnen, the young main character of the book. There are 12 issues in this volume, gathered together to show 12 localities where Megan travels or has a connection to. The cities and towns span the US and Canada. Some of her experiences are ha...more
Arminzerella
Ryan Kelly is an amazing artist, and I love how he’s drawn this particular series. Local features Megan, a chronic runaway on her journey through life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. She leaves home when she’s seventeen, and after living many different places she’s finally able to come back to her roots (and the ghosts she’s left behind) in Vermont. This is the story of how she finds herself after running away for so long. Local is split into several different stories – not all of which foc...more
Raina
What a gorgeous piece of work. Slices of life from all over North America, covering a dozen years. The binding is notably artful and there are liner notes in the back. I find myself wanting to open the book to a random page and just stare forever. The edgy realism is just breathtaking. This is the kind of sequential art I would frame and put up on my wall (obvious shout-out to Ryan Kelly). I particularly enjoyed the vignettes which were a touch twisted - Polaroid Boyfriend; The Last Lonely Days...more
Don
This book deserves all the hype it's gotten. The total package, from start to finish, is an evolution in every sense of the word--the evolution of the character, the writing, the art, even the series concept. And I could tell that even before I read as much in the backmatter.

The main character, Megan, sums up her story and the point of the book (not just as a whole, but in each of the interconnected stories in each issue) thus:
You need to do what's best for you, even if it means leaving some p
...more
Sarah
Jul 14, 2009 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Shadee
Seventeen-year-old Meg McKeenan waits in the parking lot of a pharmacy in Portland, Oregon, waiting for her boyfriend to finish forging a prescription for narcotics. Twenty-year-old Meg picks up a hitchhiker in Missoula, Montana only to learn that he's struggling with far more immediate family issues than she is. Twenty-one, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Meg tries on identities at her movie-theater job as easily as she changes a nametag. Twenty-five, Norman, Oklahoma, and she learns her mother has d...more
Brad
Local takes the format and tone of Brian Wood's Demo and adds two competing elements: the decade-plus maturation of a confused girl and the culture of twelve mostly-young-adult-friendly towns. At the outset, the places are the driving force in the story, but by the end, it's all about the girl, Meg. That switch, and the balancing act between the two themes, is frustrating. Some towns you see a lot of, and get a feel for, but others, like Portland, Halifax or Austin, are story-driven, and could h...more
J
Brian Wood’s Local is twelve years in the life of a girl named Megan. Each chapter (issue) takes place in a new location a year after the last chapter took place. It’s similar to Demo, though I think Local is better written. Wood is pretty adept at portraying human beings in a realistic way, looking at personality, experience, history and environment. Ryan Kelly’s art is nice and fits the story well. The fascinating thing about this series is how much work these guys went to in getting the visua...more
Jean-christophe Boudreau
Local is sheer genius, from the art style to how it doesn't hold back any punches to how emotional it could get this is a defiantly one you have to read. It follows a girl who travels from city to city and each part happens in a different city, plenty of different things happen that are all emotionally charged and will leave you wanting more as you read through. This I would recommend to anyone who really enjoys a good story that is so varied as to what happens and that changes things up.
Rob Hermanowski
Many thanks to Brandice Schnabel for introducing me to this great graphic novel collection! Published in 12 issues over a couple of years, the individual stories loosely follow the life of Megan from her late teens until her late 20's. The drawings are beautifully done, and the stories are heartfelt and packed with drama. Each individual issue/story is centered in a different locale in the U.S. or Canada. Anyone interested in graphic novels will greatly enjoy this!
Eliza Victoria
A collection of twelve interconnected short stories. Every chapter represents one year in the life of protagonist Megan McKeenan, from age 18 to age 30. Beautiful, beautiful stories, and with great art, too. The art truly shines in the quiet frames, particularly in the largely wordless "Polaroid Boyfriend". My other favorites are "The Last 10 Lonely Days at the Oxford Theater" and "Megan and Gloria, Apartment 5A". "Two Brothers" was a violent surprise.
i. merey
I don't know why it took me an eon to finish this book....

Megan travels around North America, staying only for one chapter every place she goes. She could be anyone, anywhere, anything...

This is a showing book, not a telling book. The reader won't get told much of anyone's motivation, but I didn't find that lacking... The art is superb and I enjoyed the commentary at the end from the writer and artist as much as the comic itself.

This was visual story telling at its finest and I would especiall...more
Kasa
Follows a girl named Megan through 13 towns and 13 years, and almost as many guys. Possibly the best tale of wanderlust I've ever read. Did I cry a couple times? Maybe. Did it remind me that I own too much shit and haven't been *anywhere*? Possibly. Beautifully drawn, excellent writing, and hell, even the lettering is done by Hope Larson and Brian Lee O'Malley - this is so quality, it's sick. Also, the hardcover edition is just flat out gorgeous. I actually gasped when I picked it up at the libr...more
M. E.  Kinkade
I wanted to like this book, I swear I did.

The art is gorgeous and has depth despite being exclusively in black and white. It's evocative and distinctive. Plus the main character has freckles-you don't see that a lot in comics.

And my fiance recommended it to me, and most of the time that means I'm going to love it.

But I just don't "get" Local. Or rather, by the time I did "get" it, I didn't care anymore.

Local is an indie comic that I read in large trade form: I'm not sure if it originally debute...more
Vanessa
Beyond the story itself, which is still above-averagely good, this is an interesting comic because of what it has to say about the process of making a comic book. It was originally conceived as consisting of entirely stand-alone issues, with a single female character, who eventually became Megan, providing a minor connecting thread. Over time, watching Megan developed over the course of the 12 years covered by the series became the main focus. Each issue is followed by one of the more informativ...more
David Schaafsma
12 separate stories, stand alone stories, but now linked in the collection, all about a girl who leaves Portland to find herself in different cities and we get Ryan Kelly's great art depicting her in various ways in these places, and each story is a year from her life… I won't write a long review because I just read Raina's and agree with it, and it is more thorough, but I also was disappointed it kinda gets wrapped up in the way it does, and I also liked the really edgy ones.
Cathy
I fairly like books that focus on realistic characters and their difficulties with social integration. Megan is the result of a unstructured family. During several short stories, we follow her adrift in the world, in her search for a place to call home. The need to belong is visible in every human being. And I think this book shows that search.
I really liked the story, and I'm very appreciative of this art work. I recommend it.
Tim May
I had read and loved this book dearly in high school, and it mostly holds up upon re-reading. A couple of the stories are a bit overwritten and Brian Wood too often substitutes musical taste for characterization, but Megan McKeenan is one of his finest characters and she holds down the center of this storm admirably. The book still succeeds in painting vivid pictures of its various locales. Ryan Kelly's brush work is so versatile; it has the precision necessary for the bustling city backgrounds,...more
Jake
My public library has been displaying graphic novels in the worst possible place, above the reference shelves adjacent to the water fountain. This is the second graphic novel I have read in as many weeks as a result of that “Point of Purchase” approach to circulation. Happily, I am 2 for 2 on enjoying such impulse borrowing.

I didn’t fall in love with Local. I thought I might. It has a loner hitting the open road. She’s a survivor. She’s cute. She goes cross country and meets quirky people. What...more
Amy
Megan McKeenan is a drifter - she floats from city to city without ever feeling at home anywhere. We follow her as she muddles her way through various scenarios - a drug-addicted boyfriend; a bloody show-down between two estranged brothers; an obsessive-compulsive roommate; a job at a movie theater where she changes her identity as often as she changes her socks. There are twelve of these stories altogether, each one compelling and well-told. What makes the book even more interesting is that eac...more
Charli B-

Do not be fooled even if I took a lot, hell three months, to finish this graphic novel (which seems a lot and it is!), I loved it. Adored it even. It gets a five star rating for reasons I'm not sure I can express. It's as if the words for this are stuck in my brain.

As much as I'm better at writing than at talking, I'm still a novice when talking about writing reviews. I don't have the insight some have, I don't have the analytic reviews where people get if they'll like the story or not. I'm jus...more
Alex
This early Indie from Brian Wood has a lovely concept. Each issue is a short story, or "moment" in a single year of Megan Mckeenan's life, sometimes (usually) she's the prominent character in the story, at others her appearance is the emotional punch, and put together each of the 12 issues chart her passage from impulsive 17 year old to stable, settling down 30 year old. As a graphic novel it's almost a work of genius, many of the - very short - stories capture a wonderful and unexpected emotion...more
Jennifer
While visiting my friend Caroline, I took the opportunity to read some non-superhero comics that I wouldn't normally pick up. I've always said I'm not a comics fan, per se--I'm a fan of the Marvel Universe. I enjoy reading comics, but I view most non-Marvel comics the same way I view novels: I'll read them if the story strikes my fancy, but the fact that they're in the comic format isn't enough by itself to get me to read them. But the concept of Brian Wood's Local, as discussed in a few old iFa...more
Julie
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