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Power Play is an original digital comic book series created by Kurt Christenson and Marvel artist Reilly Brown that takes full advantage of being an electronic format which means they can create a unique experience that reads like a comic but has all manner of new storytelling tricks and techniques that really enhance the reading experience. If you’ve been on the fence with digital comics, give this a read and let us convince you!
POWER PLAY follows Mac Washington, slacker NYU college student who’d rather sit around reading comics and eating pizza than study or get a job. But when he gets struck by lightning outside Union Square he gains the superpower to become ANYTHING HE TOUCHES! In the first issue this includes sidewalk, gold, and BEER! (no, seriously). In order to make a fast buck he enrolls in the Power Play league and competes against other superpowers from across the five boroughs. Will these underground street games lead Mac to the purpose and direction he’s been looking for?
So check out the first issue of the digital comic series that even Joe Quesada & Mark Waid had to call out as one of the innovators of this new medium.
Hello. My name is Kurt, I live in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I’m a Virgo and love sandwiches.
I’m also the co-creator and writer of Power Play, a new creator-owned digital comic series available via Comixology. If you have an iPad, Kindle Fire, tablet, iPhone, or one of the other various smarttech devices that accesses an APP store, you can download an app called Comics by Comixology which will allow you access to a TON of awesome FREE comic books.
If you are without said device, worry not, just drop by Comixology’s website and read it at work, I mean, on your home PC or laptop.
Most of these are print comics that have been scanned in and meticulously “directed” by the fine folks at Comixology who are now part of the storytelling process. One of the best examples of what is capable with this new medium, is the comic I created with Marvel artist Reilly Brown: POWER PLAY.
We formatted this comic to be digital first, thinking of what was possible when you applied the technology to sequential art, but made it in a way that the fades and pans and zooms could add to the story, not merely be a function. Once we started thinking along those lines we quickly developed a whole new toolbox of tricks and effects that could enhance the action, add beats and effectively create a sense of surprise!
With our approach the readers’ vision is limited to a panel at a time, giving more a cinematic sense, a widescreen action to it. This allows us to put the reader where we want and move them around, even though they still control the pace which, at its heart, is the essence of reading comics. But now we can build up moments with more depth to the scene. Trust me when I say that talking head panels are much more effective when faded through with subtle character expression changes.
That’s the dry, techie side of POWER PLAY, but what’s the story? What’s it all about? What’s up with the squid guy?
Power Play is a comic about New Yorkers with superpowers. All across the five Boroughs random folk find themselves with the ability to create ice, control flame, turn into beer…no, seriously, read the first issue. When these Tweens all meet up they hold underground competitions spun out of their YouTube channel and social media network. If you’re one of the few who’s got a gift, or even if you’re a weirdo with an obsession and drive, then you can try out for the Power Play League, fight for your neighborhood, and bring home the Unlimited Bar Tab Trophy!
Enter our hero, Mac Washington, a listless slacker NYU student with no purpose or direction. He sucks at sports, hasn’t settled on a major yet with only a few semesters to go, and can’t hold down a job. He makes a few bucks volunteering for medical experiments, clinical trials and psyche studies, but usually blows that on comics and pints at Crocodile Lounge (free pizza = dinner). Luckily he has his gang of friends who help him along, when they’re not messing with him.
That all changes when one day, while avoiding kids with clipboards asking if he has time to save the Earth, he’s struck by lightning running down a loose wire from the construction at Union Square. Suddenly he finds he’s able to become whatever substance he touches. Now, he can literally be anything he wants! When he enters the competition he’s gotta figure out what that is, from his superpower to his life.
Power Play is shot on location in New York City and Brooklyn. All the panels displaying a scene in either location is drawn from reference of that actual location. So when you see the Queensboro Bridge you’re seeing it as it is, only with people firing lasers and flying low across the East River. Each contestant is a send-up of the various neighborhoods and the characters that live there, and even the storyline itself is an homage to New York history, the Battle of Brooklyn.
It’s comedy, sports, superpowers (minus the superheroes), it’s college students throwing illegal parties in warehouses, and the monsters of the city coming out to do battle with one another. It’s the dawn of a new era of comic books and this is our love letter to the greatest city in the world.
The free preview is now available, as are the first full three issues.
I hope that you read and enjoy. If you love comics, NYC, technology, or just good old fashioned fun with some of the most kinetic and styled artwork, Reilly Brown on top of his game, then give it a read and let us know what you thought!
Pics from Kurt Christenson & Reilly Brown’s appearance on ComicBookClub Live at the People’s Improv Theater on August 2, 2011.
If you missed the show, give a listen to the podcast!
Been getting an great reaction to this character Gowanus Pete, so here’s some more of him!
This is a pic from my new comic POWER PLAY which just came out on Comixology this week— http://www.comixology.com/ Check it out!
It’s just a preview issue, but it’s free, so what have you got to lose?
For more info, please follow the Power Play blog at http://powerplaycomic.tumblr.com/
And on Twitter at @powerplaycomic
Anyone in San Diego this weekend? Look me up in Artist’s Alley at EE-06!
Another pic from my new comic POWER PLAY.
The main character of the story’s name is Mac, and the past few pics have all been him. So far we’ve seen him turn into concrete, electricity, and in this pic, beer.
Kind of begs the question— what would you turn into if you could be made out of ANYTHING?
Anyway, if you’re interested in checking out more about the comic, head on over to http://www.comixology.com/ and check out the FREE preview. Just search for POWER PLAY.
Also, if you’re at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, look me up in Artist’s Alley! I’ll be at EE-06
Hope to see you there!
For anyone interested in more infor about my new creator-owned comic, Power Play, here are some links you can check—
First of all, you can download the first free preview issue right now through Comixology (did I mention it’s free?)
We chose to go through them because they have a kick ass digital comic book reader (they’re the guys who programmed Marvel and DC’s apps, after all, so they know what they’re doing!) and we wanted to really push the limits of what is possible to do currently with the comic medium. We wanted to play around a little and see what kind of fun new tricks we could use with digital comics that we couldn’t use with the more traditional print comics.
Also, you can follow my writer on this, Kurt Christenson
And also on our official Power Play account
And, of course, there’s more info on my Deviant Art Page
Have you guys checked out me and Kurt Christenson’s new creator owned comic yet? If not, what the hell’s keeping you??
It’s available now through Comixology
Download the first preview issue for FREE right NOW!
Here’s another little preview to whet your appetite for tomorrow’s Power Play preview.
People have been asking me how they can get the comic, since we’re exploring new digital distribution methods rather than traditional print ones, so here’s how—
First of all, if you’re able to read this post, chances are you can check out the comic. I think the best way to read it is through Comixology’s awesome app on any wireless device, whether it’s an iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android, or any of the devices that use the Android interface. The hand held, touchscreen devices are really what Comixology’s technology is based around, and what our comic is based around.
However, if you don’t have one of those, no problem, just go to Comixology’s website, http://www.comixology.com/ , from any web browser and click on the top half of the screen to check out their catalog. I’m not 100% sure, but you might need to start an account with them if you do it that way, but it’s free and doesn’t take very long to do (they’ll probably ask for credit card information, but that’s just so that you can buy things from their catalog later).
Actually, now that I think about it, since the preview is free you may not even need to start an account. I’m not sure how that’s going to work.
From there just do a search for POWER PLAY. At this point I’m not really sure how it’s going to appear once the preview goes up, but I’m sure it’ll be easy to find.
If anyone’s got more information, or has problems getting the comic loaded, reply here and I’ll try to help you figure it out, but it’s really pretty straightforward, so I doubt anyone will have any major issues.
Power Play is live!
You can get the first FREE preview issue today on Comixology.
If you’re not familiar with Comixology or their AWESOME comic reading app, you can check out my post from yesterday for info on how to download.
Also, you can find more Power Play relevant information on my tumblr
Back To The Drawing Board
Or at my writing partner Kurt Christenson’s tumblr
And of course on the comic’s own tumblr site
Power Play is the creator-owned book I’ve been working on for the past few months with my writing partner, Kurt Christenson, and I’m excited to say that a free preview will be going live on Comixology on Wednesday, 7/20/11. Check it out here— http://www.comixology.com/ Or through Comixology’s super-awesome app on whatever digital device you prefer (iPod, Android, etc).
Everyone’s been talking about how the future of comics is digital, but we’re actually taking the plunge, making a comic that is primarily designed to be read on a digital platform.
We’re playing around with some storytelling techniques that simply aren’t possible in the print medium, and just giving it a shot to see what kind of comics are possible in the 21st century.
Our story revolves around Mac, a college student in NYC who suddenly finds himself with superpowers. Does he try to fight crime? Maybe try to take over the world? Maybe put his underwear on the outside just for fun? NO! He he joins the Power Play Games, a full contact, extreme sports league with other people with strange powers and remarkable abilities!
This preview will introduce you to Mac, The Ice Queen, Gowanus Pete and others, and take you on a quick tour of the world of Power Play.
So, please keep an eye out on Wednesday, and help spread the word!