Had an awesome time at life drawing with Gowanus Pete and Ice Queen last night. Eventually we’ll have to get together with the whole Power Play crew!
POWER PLAY is filmed live on the streets (and rooftops) of NYC & Brooklyn.
Coming this Summer: The Kentile Mile!
The treacherous obstacle course that runs from Park Slope to the Gowanus Canal, beneath the F/G trains rumbling above, and then scale the iconic Brooklyn landmark to snag a flag from Gowanus Pete!
Catch up on the first event of the Gowanus Games and Mac Washington’s not-so-secret origin in previous issues of POWER PLAY, available on all browsers. smartphones and tablets via ComiXology!
Issue 4 is now available and it’s the best yet!
Join the action with Mac Washington & Gowanus Pete in Brooklyn, held at the Gowanus Ballroom.
Kat Popovich aka Ice Queen!
Why do the hot ones always run so cold?!
Meet ICE QUEEN tonight at Modern Pinball NYC for a live drawing event!
GeeksUnleashed.Me Indie Spotlight:
Reilly Brown on Power Play
Geeks Unleashed: What made you chose Digital Comics exclusively over publishing the comic?
Reilly: Honestly, when I first read some digital comics on my computer screen, I wasn’t really into them because most comics distributed digitally are still obviously made with print in mind. I’d read comics on my computer screen, but the image files weren’t made to fit the screen dimensions, I’d have to scroll back and forth to see the whole thing, and it just seemed like the medium was fighting against it’s own presentation too much to be enjoyable.
It seemed short sighted to me.
Then when I saw how ComiXology was authoring it’s comics to create an excellent reading experience on a handheld device, even though they were working with material that was made for print, it read really well, and I saw that and thought “hmmm, I bet if I made something that was designed to be read digitally this way I could do something REALLY cool…”
Also it’s great to dive into a new evolution of the comics art form that very few other people have jumped on yet. It gives me a chance to play around and discover things before anyone else has written the rules for me. It’s a chance to be a pioneer, and chances like that don’t come around very often.
as drawn by the Master of Monsterism Marcelo Gallegos!
See more of his work at NiceGhost!
For more Gowanus Pete:
“It’s rare that you find an artistic opportunity to truly do something new” Reilly Brown on drawing Deadpool: The Gauntlet and the ground-breaking world of Infinite Comics
Check out this interview I did with Pipedream comics about working on Deadpool and Infinite Comics, and the creative opportunities that come from it.
First event of the Gowanus Games:
The Battle of Brooklyn!
The concept was inspired by the first battle of the Revolutionary War which was fought on the shores of the Gowanus Canal, known as the Battle of Long Island (represent!). General Washington had brought his troops into Brooklyn to face the oncoming warships of the British Empire but had to retreat back through what is now Williamsburg, across the East River, and back into Manhattan.
So we take the contestants and put them into the Gowanus Ballroom, a warehouse/art space by the Smith & 9th Street stop, where they’ll have to run to the far side to collect a flag, while our early-arriving crowd can shoot them down with tennis balls, before they have to face the on-coming cannonballs (or in our case, bowling balls with revved up ball returns from newly closed Maple Lanes in Bensonhurst). Once they have one of the ten flags from the ship, they have to hold onto said flags until they make it back across the court and over the starting line.
BEWARE: Not all contestants will be playing fair, but other than keeping the fights and powers on the field, there are no rules!
Seriously, he blew off a meeting with me about Sunday’s event, and now nobody knows where he’s at, and I need to start promoting these live events and he’s just going to bail on me? Everyone knows he’s the star, maybe it got to him…
Yo, if you see Pete tell him he better make it February 11th, it’s a Tuesday Night, and he’s due to perform! If he wants to make this album a reality he’s gotta get it together and quit slacking!
Hopefully you can hang with the star of the GOWANUS GAMES himself, Gowanus Pete.
A show about comics and other mediums from literature to props for theater, film, set design, sculpture, poetry, performance art, puppets, bands, video, nail polishing, street art, animation, graphic design, burlesque, origami and more.
This exhibition intends to show the blurred division between comics and other artforms with cartoonists who use their skills beyond traditional comic book pages or artists from other mediums producing work related to comics.
155 1st Avenue (Between 9th and 10th Streets).
New York, New York, 10003
MADEinNY: UNION SQUARE & the QUEENSBORO BRIDGE!
An early decision by Reilly and myself was that if we were going to develop a comic together it would have to take place in NYC. There are just so many cool spots, rooftops, dive bars, random sculptures, street art, etc. all over the five boroughs, so why not showcase them? Why not create some fun superpowered twenty-somethings to run amok through these streets?
All the locations in Power Play will be actual places you can visit yourself. (Though no guarantee that it’ll look exactly the same, NYC is always changing!!) Here are two locations you can see in our FREE PREVIEW!
Up above we have Union Square, a hub of activity and probably the most useful subway station in the city. It also features one of my favorite and unusual pieces of public art in the city, the Metronome, by Kristin Jones & Andrew Ginzel, installed in 1999.
Then we’ve got the opening action scene in the series which takes place on the Queensboro Bridge, or the 59th Street Bridge as it’s sometimes called. Linking Queens and Manhattan, it’s a bridge that doesn’t get as much attention as the other bridges but it has a great view and sports the Roosevelt Island Tramway. You may’ve seen it featured in such films as Woody Allen’s Manhattan, John Carpenter’s Escape From NY, and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.
The first issue has even more spots from NYC, and the future of the series will see the characters fighting one another everywhere from Brooklyn to the Bronx.
What’s your favorite location in NYC?