Fangirls, last weekend was fantastic. I got to see Dita Von Teese in New York City, then I went down to Maryland to see Super Art Fight at the Ottobar.
I mentioned a couple weeks back that my friend and I went to see a burlesque show in Maryland, and that we were going to go see the Queen of Burlesque herself, Dita Von Teese. So last Thursday, I left for NYC. I got there around 1:30, and Rob, my friend, wasn’t getting in until 6:30; I had quite a bit of time to kill. So I walked over to Times Square and spent ages oogling the beautiful stuff in the Disney Store. I also kicked it around F21 and Sephora because they’re so much bigger than anything I’ve been to around here. Around 5:30, I started walking towards the parking garage where I would meet my friend.
I still beat him there, but we eventually met up and headed over to the Gramercy Theatre for Dita’s show. The MC was hilarious, and all of the other acts were fantastic, but I wasn’t as in love with Von Teese’s performance as I expected to be. Yes, she’s gorgeous, but she seemed to lack personality. Where her MC and the other burlesque dancers were bubbly and fun, she didn’t seem to have much there. She smiled through most of her acts, and did look like she was really enjoying herself, but now and then she’d have a serious sexy face, and I really didn’t like that. I think I’d prefer seeing more local troupes than another of her shows.
After that, we drove all the way down to Maryland, and got to sleep in all day Friday. Saturday was the day of Super Art Fight’s End of Summer Beach Bash, and holy cow, Fangirls. I had only seen their convention shows, and the online biweekly show. If you have a chance to see them at a bar, do it. The energy was magnificent.
The first bout of the night was Team Silent Apocalypse (Bryan Prindiville & Darl Gnau) VS Crimson Fury (Dann “Charm City Shinobi” Malihom and El Russo Rojo). Crimson Fury had quite the entrance, and Team Silent Apocalypse just kind of walked out. I had only seen Crimson Fury’s members before, so I was rooting for them, and not expecting much from their competition (who hadn’t been on the canvas in over a year). Team Apocalypse was so damn fast though, Fangirls. I was astounded with how quickly they laid down the sharpie. When it came down to it though, Crimson Fury won.
Next up was The Lioness Rampant VS Jamie “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi. Marty & Ross pointed out that this was an interesting match, because Lioness Rampant is one of SAF’s newest members, while Jamie Noguchi is one of it’s founders. And both of them went big. They had the outer 2/3rds of the canvas covered so quickly, and were both destroying it. At the end, Lioness Rampant was victorious!
Super Art Fight took a break for Radar, a local band to take the stage. They played a couple of songs and Brandon Chalmers brought out Kelly Zeman (his girlfriend) to have everyone applaud her for her hard work at the merch table. But instead of just having people cheer for her, he got down on one knee, and became the first SAF member to propose on stage. She said yes, of course, and they continued with the bouts.
The third bout was for the Tag Team Title. The reigning champs, Team Sexyfulness (Baron Von Sexyful and the Dutchess), VS Team America (Phil “The Commando” Kahn and Alex “The Dudeler” Kazanas). Both teams really brought the heat, but in the end, it was Team Sexyfulness that kept the title. It was a crazy close match, and both teams really worked the crowd. There was a point when the Commando was throwing pies at the audience.
The final bout was for the Super Art Fight Champion Title. Stompadon (the reigning champion) fought another newbie, Doctor Destructo Dome. This fight was great because both artists were in elaborate costumes while they were drawing, and incorporated their character in it. Stompadon defended her title valiantly and won, but the match was so close, that referee Brandon Chlamers had to re-poll the audience.
After everyone finished up, I headed to the merch table to congratulate everyone and get hugs (of course). It all ended around 1:30 am. I went home Sunday night, and it makes me want to go to all of their bar shows. Fangirls, so much went on that I can’t get over. The decorated and used the space so well, because they could. With convention shows, the stage has to be intact for the next person up, but at the Ottobar, SAF cleaned up because it was their show. It was really cool to watch the artists work the audience in new ways, and then hang out after. I’ve heard there may be a holiday show coming up in DC, so I’m going to try to get back down to MD for that, and you should too.
Fangirls, I’ve had a couple overwhelmingly awesome weekends in a row, and I can’t wait for more. Thanks to all of the Art Fighters who brought their all to the canvas, and to the Ottobar for having such a great space for them to use. New York Comic Con is in just two short weeks, and I hope you Fangirls are ready. If you’re going to NYCC, be sure to stop by Michael “Spaghettikiss” Bracco’s table in artist alley. He works closely with the Baron Von Sexyful, and his art / shirts / ties are fantastic. To keep up with all Super Art Fight news, follow their website, Facebook, and Twitter!
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