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Norman depicted in national comic book



The University of Oklahoma's Bizzell Library is featured on the cover of a new comic book from Oni Press.


"Local" is a 12-issue comic miniseries created by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly. Each issue acts as a stand-alone story with "Megan" serving as the common character throughout.


In the just-out issue nine, Megan gets word that her mother has just died. She then discovers a 30-year-old photo of her parents standing in front of Bizzell Library. She decides to travel to Norman to experience her parents' college town and to re-create the photo with her boyfriend.



Annette Price, co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, worked closely with the creators to help capture the city's identity.


"Introducing Brian to Norman was much like when a friend visits town for the first time, except their schedule meant a trip to Norman was out of the question," Price said in a press release.


Taking close 100 photos for the creators, Price included pictures of Norman landmarks and landscapes in order to provide accurate details for the illustrator.


"Brian already had a good idea of the types of settings he wanted for his story," she said. "For instance, he wanted to use a restaurant or coffee shop where Megan's parents may have gone 30 years ago. The Mont worked beautifully due to its classic imagery, long history in Norman and proximity to campus."


For more information, go to their Web site. "CJ Macklin

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