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GRCC 2021: Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott talk the art of writing nostalgic properties

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GRCC 2021: Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott talk the art of writing nostalgic properties

The Power Rangers scribes take the stage!

 

Titles like Power Rangers, Go Go Power Rangers, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are some of the best reviewed and most beloved comics on the stands right now, all thanks to the pioneering work of Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott. Having known each other since college, Higgins and Parrott made for an excellent panel pairing where they discussed everything from Power Rangers to their own creator works. 

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Since both creators worked closely on Power Rangers, the first question was: were there any Power Rangers characters they didn’t get a chance to cover yet?

Higgins laughed, saying anything he didn’t cover was being currently done by Parrott. “I’m insanely jealous of some things Ryan gets to do…I couldn’t touch Eltar.” Parrott chimed in: “Everything Kyle wants to do, me and my wife are doing.” 

Rogue Sun
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The moderator commented on the creators having worked for many companies and wondered if they had a favorite. Kyle immediately jumped to Image, saying: “Radiant Black is the most fulfilled I’ve felt working on a comic.” 

However, Parrott revealed he’s had a great experience at BOOM! Studios. On Power Rangers, he said he was given the freedom to write it “70% high school, 30% monsters” based off his love of YA/coming-of-age media like Ultimate Spider-Man and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

Higgins added: “Every publisher has pros and cons…every book and project is different…it’s an adventure. Sometimes it’s going to have pitfalls and other times it’s going to soar.” 

The creators talked next about the recently-announced crossover Supermassive featuring Radiant Black, Inferno Girl Red, and Parrott’s new creation, Rogue Sun, announced today. 

GRCC 2021: Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott talk the art of writing nostalgic properties
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Rogue Sun, being released around the 30th anniversary of Image Comics, is about a rebellious teen whose father left him, only to turn up dead. Investigating, the teen discovers that his father was a superhero who’s left his suit and powers. Parrott summarized: it’s about a kid who has to “solve his dad’s murder and learn about the guy he hates.” In regards to Supermassive and Rogue Sun, Parrott said “It was a fun experience and hopefully people like it.” 

When it came to questions, the duo were asked about how to foster a creative network. Higgins replied that a “network develops over time.” Using a deft metaphor, Parrott compared it to being in a pit, but when everyone works together, “you build a ladder and go up one by one.”

The last question queried how to balance consuming and creating art, Parrott talked about how it’s a “balancing act.” Higgins posited: “You have to do what you say you do and finish.”

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