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, and is somehow named after Mayor Ed Koch now? 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?
Emily S. Whitten Talks With Reilly Brown
Emily: So, Reilly, what’s your favorite project that you’ve ever done?
Reilly: My favorite project that I’ve ever worked on is Power Play. I just love doing any creator-owned stuff, especially when I get to sit down and make my own character designs. And not having to feel like the shadows of all of the other decades of awesome artists that have worked on a project before me are looming over me is really freeing. It’s also fun to play around with the digital media and things like that.
Emily: Tell me, what was the genesis of Power Play?
Reilly: It started with me and Kurt Christenson, the writer; since we were both in the same studio at the time, and we’ve been friends for years, one day I said, “You know what, why don’t we do a project together?” and he was like, “Yeah, man, I’d be into it.”
When it started out, we just wanted to do something small, just a quick little simple thing; but as we were spitballing ideas, it turned into this idea that we realized could be really cool if we tried to turn it into something big. The basic idea is that I really wanted to do a story that is based in New York and reallyuses New York, the real city, as a backdrop. Because so many comics take place in the city but “New York” is just generic buildings in the background or whatever. When I’m walking around the streets, I just see so many cool things – like architectural things, or construction things, or just random things on the street, that are totally normal, but I don’t always think about them when I’m just sitting at my drawing table. And so many of the comics writers don’t even live in New York, so – you know, how do you really make use of a place if you’re not there? I wanted to incorporate New York into a comic.
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Let’s just take this in. Interviewed by a cute cosplayer of your own character. This is why they call him Reilly “Big Time” Brown.
The lovely Emily S. Whitten did an amazing job bringing ICE QUEEN to life!
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 and in the heart of Brooklyn. 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 a warehouse by the Smith & 9th Street stop (conveniently closed for construction) where they have to run to the far side while our early-arriving crowd can shoot them down with tennis balls, before they have to face the oncoming cannonballs (or in our case, bowling balls with revved up ball returns from that bowling alley that closed a few years back). 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!
Find out more about the Battle of Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Old Stone House in Park Slope.
You can see how our WASHINGTON does in comparison as he battles the best of the 5 Boroughs, throwing down at the GOWANUS GAMES!
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Meet Katerina Popovich, or as everyone else knows her, ICE QUEEN! She’s as cold on the inside as she is hot on the outside.
She may hail from Astoria and posses mad skills on her ice skates, but it’s her chilly demeanor and Olympic level trash talking that earned her the nickname Ice Queen.
It’s rumored that she was one of the original crew that started the Power Play League, but she doesn’t talk about the past, just her future as a top tier champion!
Also, here’s a picture of our first cosplayer, Emily S. Whitten with Reilly “Big Time” Brown!
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MAC WASHINGTON, COLE BURNER, FRANKIE the ROACH, WHISKERS,
FAT CAT Pretty Kitty Fantastica!, StickyFingers, KNITWIT, MIGTHY BRO, DOUBLE DRIBBLE, and KA-PAO all compete in the penulitimate event in the Gowanus Games, the KENTILE MILE!
Here’s the wacky cast of characters appearing in Power Play #4, available through Comixology here— http://m.comixology.com/Power-Play/comics-series/6787 .
I’m really proud of how this one turned out. I’m finally able to really showcase all the characters in the way I’ve been wanting to since the beginning, with their personalities and their powers (and some of these powers… man, you’ve never seen things like this before!), and also pulling all my experience together from the other digital comics I’ve done in the past.
If you haven’t checked Power Play out yet or any digital comic, really, this is the one.
Can’t wait to hear what you guys think about it!