Power Play!

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By ReillyBrown
I've been dropping little hints here and there over the past year about a creator-owned series that I've been collaborating on with Kurt Christenson agentfenris.tumblr.com/ , and I think it's finally time to start showing some of our hard work off!

The comic is called POWER PLAY, and the way that I like to describe it is like the X-Games, but with superpowers instead of skateboards.  Like Roller Derby, but with supernatural mutations rather than skates.  
It's about kids here in the NYC area who get superpowers in one way or another, and rather than fighting crime or trying to take over the world, they start an underground sports league to show off their new moves.

You'll be hearing a lot more about this from me over the next couple of months, but for now, to whet your appetite, here are a couple of character designs of some of the main characters:

This is Mac, he can turn into whatever substance he touches
Mac by ReillyBrown

And the is the Ice Queen, she can create and control ice

Ice Queen by ReillyBrown

Also, one of the things we're aiming to do with this series is to really explore the new possibilities opened up by digital comics, especially Comixology.  When I first saw their program, and how the panels slide from one part of the page to another, and zoom in and out and things like that, I said "awesome!  But these comics are made for print, what would we be able to do if we planned something specifically for this digital format?"  So that's what we're planning to do here.  First we're going to figure out how to do the best story we can on a digital platform, and THEN we'll figure out how to turn it into print.  That's the opposite of how it's usually done, and I have to say, it's pretty fun to be able to explore this new, largely untested medium, and see what the new storytelling opportunities and possibilities are.  Exciting stuff!

That's it for now!  Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks!
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JudeDeluca's avatar
I am definitely picking this up.

Since this league is underground, does that mean it's illegal? I.E., does the threat of being shut down by the police play a part in the plot?
ReillyBrown's avatar
Yeah, that's definitely going to come into play. It would be like throwing a skateboard tournament downtown in the middle of the night.
MercyInk87's avatar
Looks awesome, man. I'm guessing you do the artwork and he does the writing.
ReillyBrown's avatar
Yep-- but I actually have him helping out with the coloring and lettering too. I put my writers to work!
MercyInk87's avatar
Definitely looking forward to it. Who came up with the character concepts, though?
ReillyBrown's avatar
Me and Kurt come up with the characters together. When we're hanging out we'll see a neighborhood, or an industry, or a subculture of some sort and joke around about what kind of powers someone from there would have. It's pretty fun!
MercyInk87's avatar
I do the same thing with the area I live in and imagine how certain areas, people or structures would fit into my comic. It tends to work out in my favor.
cMack454's avatar
Can't go wrong with a Reilly Brown-drawn comic, so... I'm in!

Alexcat321's avatar
I've always loved ure stuff, can't wait too see more man.
grimslider's avatar
they look great
Anko-sensei's avatar
It sounds rly interesting, looking forward to know more about this =) I love X-games XD
JamieFayX's avatar
this looks awesome so far, reilly! will it be self published or through one of the bigger companies? or just the digital route that you mentioned?
ReillyBrown's avatar
Not sure yet. So far we're planning on self-publishing digitally, and then pitching it to some print companies. We'll see what happens!
JamieFayX's avatar
cool cool. thanks for the info
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QueenJulien's avatar
Wow, this is a really neat idea! Sounds like it'll be a lot of fun. The character designs are great. =D
ReillyBrown's avatar
Thanks a lot! I've got a bunch of cool character designs and powers to make use of for this. I think some of the best ones are yet to come!
QueenJulien's avatar
Sweet! I look forward to seeing the rest of them. 8D
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Very cool concept. I like stories that play with powers, without jumping directly to capes and tights. :) Lot's of room for high-concept fun.
ReillyBrown's avatar
We've come up with some pretty cool characters with some interesting powers. If the series does well, hopefully we'll be able to get to all of them!
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