Hold onto your hats, Los Angeles – the self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe is returning to your city this July as they join up with America’s largest anime convention, the legendary Anime Expo!
Super Art Fight, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008, has become a staple of such conventions as Katsucon, ConnectiCon and Otakon with their trademark mixture of live art, pro-wrestling style characters and storytelling, and envelope pushing improvised humor. This is not their first trip out west, having become a national touring act with appearances at the 2012 and 2013 MacWorld/iWorld events and their first ever live event in Los Angeles this past January with an appearance at the NerdMelt Showcase at Meltdown Comics.
For those unfamiliar with Super Art Fight – an “art fight” consists of two (or more) artists battling against each other with drawn art on a large six foot tall by twelve foot wide canvas. Each artist is given a starting topic, and a twenty five minute time limit to run wild. Artists are allowed and encouraged to have their art “attacking” their opponents art, and if an artist leaves their art open, their opponent is allowed to add to, or otherwise complete, what the artist has left unfinished. Additionally, every five minutes, artists receive new, randomized topics from the crowd-sourced topic generator called The Wheel of Death - the artists must add these topics to the art created thus far. At the end of the bout, the live audience picks the winners, battle of the bands style, based on cheers and applause.
They join up with Anime Expo, running Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th, to present not just one, but two unique live events over the course of the weekend. They will bring on their trademark Super Art Fight, featuring three unique bouts, and also bring on Super Art Fight Unleashed - their most infamous of live events, where all semblance of structure and tact is thrown aside to bring together a live art event which will stun, mystify and mentally scar all those who attend.
Scheduled to appear for Super Art Fight are SAF co-founder and reigning SAF Champion, Jamie “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi, one half of the current tag team champions, Team Sexyfulness, the fashion forward Baron Von Sexyful (Michael Bracco), and former tag team champion/stealthy ninja artist “Charm City Shinobi” Dann Malihom. They will be joined by the trademark hosts of Super Art Fight, Ross Nover and Marty Day.