Wood himself, whose smart and gritty books are considered among the best, has reaped some of the benefits. His graphic novels have been translated into several languages and won praise from the New York Times Book Review. Several of his books, including The Couriers, Local, and Supermarket, are being developed for the big screen. It took him a while to get to this point, though. "I was working nights and weekends for six years before I could quit my day job [as a designer for Rockstar Games]," he says. "Having a career in comics is a lot like being in a band. You have to start small and play a lot of free shows. But you have complete creative freedom."