…Power Play is being specifically designed as a digital comic and that it is looking to take advantage of the technology to tell a story in a new and dynamic way. Can you tell us what we can look forward to? What do you think the future holds for digital comics?
RB: The thing with a lot of digital comics today, is that they’re actually just comics designed to be in print, that are scanned in and read over a computer or hand-held device. They’re not typically MADE for those devices, and so there are frequently problems translating the comics to the screen, which leads to a less than ideal reading experience. Comixology does the best job of trying to overcome those problems with their Guided View comics reader, but even so, there are times where they can’t get around the fact that the comic just wasn’t made for that format, it was made for print.
What we’re doing is flipping that. We’re making Power Play to be designed to be read on a hand held device like an iPhone, Droid, or iPad. The panels are all aligned horizontally, to make the best use of the dimensions of the device’s screen. Also, the way that the camera moves or fades from one panel to another opens up new storytelling possibilities that you simply CAN’T do in print, and those are some fun things to explore and play around with.
Not many people have really explored these new storytelling possibilities to the extent that we have, so it’s fun to be breaking new ground in this way.
Also, to those people who are wondering, we WILL do a print version eventually, but it’ll take a bit of re-formatting to make it work on a printed page. I think that a story should be designed to work best in whatever media it will appear in.
As for the future of digital comics, I expect it will be a lot more things like we’re doing here. Eventually more people will have access to electronic devises, and it will simply be easier and more convenient to get things digitally, and at that time more comics creators will realize that they have to plan their story to take advantage of the media the most people will be experiencing it on.