FORCE: Ballers meets The Game
Sometimes the battle off the field can be as tough as the battle on it.
Writer(s): Shawn Pryor, B. Alex Thompson
Artist Name(s): Jay Reed
Cover Artist(s): Jay Reed
32 pgs./ T / FC
Terrance Wright, the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Boxers, is at the tail end of his career. Hoping for one last big payday, he’s doing all he can to lead his team to victory at Supreme Bowl XXVII.
But events leading up to the big game could possibly alter Terrance’s future in professional football. Will dealing with shaky finances and physical health, his scheming and calculating agent, a rookie quarterback that’s on his heels, and a personal relationship with the team’s operations manager take him to his breaking point, regardless of the outcome on the gridiron?
Welcome to the world of FORCE (Football Operations Rated Championship Elite), created by Shawn Pryor, B. Alex Thompson, and Jay Reed, published by Action Lab Entertainment.
FORCE opens a new era of sports-drama series to comics, blending the hyperactive action on the field with the personal drama that takes place behind the scenes.
Creator Shawn Pryor comments, “I’m a big fan of football films such as Any Given Sunday and Varsity Blues, enjoyed sitcoms/dramas like The Game and Ballers, and I’ve been wanting to do sports comics for a very long time. FORCE is the first in a long line of creator-owned sports comic projects that B. Alex Thompson, Jay Reed, and I can’t wait to get into your hands.
Shawn goes on to say, “I also wanted to make sure that we could get this book into the hands of as many readers as possible, so the content is rated for ages 12 and up. It’s a great series for those who enjoy sports and have never read a comic book before, those who read comics and enjoy sports, or those who don’t watch live sporting events but really dig ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries.”
FORCE #1 arrives in comic book stores and digital comics outlets on November 1st, 2017. Pre-order your copy at your local comic book store with Diamond Item Code SEP171037, or online comics vendor service.
Trailer Video #1: https://vimeo.com/231639987
Trailer Video #2: https://vimeo.com/231640151
About the Creators
Shawn Pryor is the creator and co-writer of the all-ages graphic novel mystery series CASH & CARRIE, writer of KENTUCKY KAIJU, and has written for Tor.com. He is one of the co-founders of Action Lab Entertainment and currently serves as their President of Creative Relations.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, listening to streaming music playlists, and talking about why Zack from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is the greatest Black superhero of all-time. Follow him on Twitter at @shawnrpryor.
B. Alex Thompson
Los Angeles born and Midwest raised, B. Alex Thompson is a comic book writer, screenwriter, letterer, and artist who has done work for Alias Enterprises, Approbation Comics, Arcana Studios, Lion Forge Comics, and Graphic Planet. Follow him on Twitter at @approbat.
Raised in Southern California, Jay Reed studied graphic design at Santa Ana College and launched his design business StyleUniversal in 2002. Jay is also a freelance graphic designer and published the comic book series CONTENT WITH KAOS with Hound Comics in 2013. Follow him on Twitter at @artistjayreed.