Posts Tagged ‘super art fight’

Inktown Throwdown

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

In the grand scheme of things this is a day late, the blitzkrieg of blog press about this having come yesterday, but before I forget again here it is.

Super Art Fight is coming ’round to Baltimore’s Ottobar once again on Saturday, December 20th as ink gets applied to canvas in a battle of random themes where artists pull out all the stops to best each other in their application of them to the overall piece. Go on over to Superartfight.com to check out all of the relevant information.

Amu and I (Amu’s World represent!) will be there selling amigurumi Ninja and other critters, so stop on by if you are in the area and have the chance. If you pick up a Ninja be sure to check back around the beginning of the year for a special feature set to run on the site JUST FOR YOU!

Other comickers in attendance and participating will be Ghostfreehood (Dead of Summer and Art Fight Highschool), Michael Bracco (BIRTH and NOVO), Chris Impink (Fragile Gravity), Jamie Baldwin (Sudden Valley), Jami Noguchi (Erfworld and angryzenmaster.com), Garth Graham (Comedity), and for a special Co-Creator versus bout Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota (Johnny Wander). Also in attendance will be Onezumi, so WHO KNOWS what hijinks will ensue.

Come if you can, because you will not want to miss this. I mean, if it’s got White Rappers ™ in a tiff then it’s bound to be awesome!

Super Art Fight

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

In roughly an hour amubleu and I will be on our way to attend Super Art Fight at Baltimore’s Ottobar club. We’ll have a tiny space where you can find amu’s amigurumi merch and the FIRST EVER advertisement for Amu’s World. Check it out:

I get brainfarts all the time, but this one smelled of golden roses. I’m bringing the camera with me and will be taking photos, so check back within the next couple of days for a link to the ones I feel are decent. If you can’t make it out, definitely point your browsers to superartfight.com for videos and other media from tonight’s show.

Howdy Johnny Wander Peeps

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

So I’m at work, see, just going through the paces and Marty from Art Fight High School says I might want to check my traffic. Instant anxiety. I’m pretty new at this whole shebang, so you all seem to have caught me in the midst of figuring it all out. Welcome. I hope you find it as fun to look at as it is to make.

I’ve told Amu about all of the eyeballs and she’s tickled silly. If you’re going to be at Katsucon, check out the Art Auction for some of Amu’s amigurumi, as she’ll have at least a couple of things for sale there. We should also have some posters out and about, so be sure to look for them if you’re at the convention.

Thanks Ananth and Yuko for the mad pimpage. It was great to see you guys be awesome at December’s Super Art Fight show. I really hope to see you guys around sometime, and maybe I’ll find a way to get the butterflies out of my gut and say Howdy in person.

Late, Late Katsucon Stuff

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

So Katsucon was two weeks ago, and I’d already made a promise to get my thoughts up. It appears I’m even more terrible at time management than I originally thought. I probably did more con stuff this year than I have in all previous Katsucon’s I’ve attended. There’s also a lot of stuff I DIDN’T do that I’d planned to. Either way, here’s some stuff from Katsu.
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Photo Phriday 31 – High Five

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The bunny peeps get it wrong a lot. When they DO manage to get it right, however rare that is, they treat themselves to some High Fives. They deserve it.

As July creeps up on us I wanted to keep you guys informed of what we’re going to be up to. July 17-19 is OTAKON, and we’ll be there in the Artist’s Alley. If you’re attending the con be sure to pop by and check us out. We’d love to hear from readers in person.

Also, July 16 is Super Art Fight 4 at the Ottobar. For Baltimore locals, GO! For people who are not local but are going to be coming into Baltimore early for Otakon, GO! It’s a fun time and you can get to meet the creators of some great webcomics such as Erfworld, Art Fight High School, The System, Sudden Valley, and lots more. Be sure to check it out if you can.

Photo Phriday 34 – Prince of Ninjas

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Amu prepares her amigurumi stock for convention appearances in a rather assembly line process. Lots of parts are made, limb by limb, body by body, and assembled later. I stumbled upon a couple of Katamari Prince headcaps and decided Ninja could play pretend he’s the Ninja of all Cosmos.

OK, so it isn’t exactly working out for him. Let’s leave that rolling up new stars bit to the professionals.

Just a reminder that Otakon is next week. If you’re going, see us. If you’re in town early, do your best to make it out to Super Art Fight 4 at the Ottobar Thursday night before the con. It’s a really good time.

Re: Calm Before The Storm

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Today’s comic sets the stage for some exciting fighting action. In the coming weeks I’m going to have some late nights preparing what I hope to be some exciting stuff. The fight scenes are much more time consuming than regular strips. I’m going to pull out the stops and experiment a bit with angles and composition.

Speaking of fights, get ready for Super Art Fight 5!

The stills in that video, incidentally, came from me. Sometime before SAF5 I hope to get folks together for a proper roster photo shoot. That’s a HUGE step for me creatively and should test the limits of my ability to put something like this together. It’s not too far away, so the ball needs to get rolling. Photo shoot planning AHOY!

Fan Art Contest – Winningness

Monday, November 16th, 2009

PREFACE

Here we are. I was so excited to have the comic reach a year’s worth of updates I wanted to celebrate with a contest that would reward readers. I’d figured some Fan Art would reward readers by showing off the comic’s characters in a way they haven’t been seen before, and reward the contest winner with some handmade merchandise and a photo print. What I’d failed to consider was how hard this would be. Here’s a hint: IT’S HARD!

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first. If I’m honest I have to admit that lately I’ve become a very Glass Mostly Empty kind of guy and thought nobody would enter. While I’m glad I was wrong I have to admit that NONE would have made the job of selecting a winner much easier. :) This said, I look at the THREE submissions I received and am very happy to have held this contest. I’m in awe and am humbled to have such talented people read the comic and take the time to create and submit an entry. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered. Now onto the submissions.

THE SUBMISSIONS

Bunny Huntin’

The first entry I received was from buddy and fellow webcomics dude Jamie Noguchi. If you don’t know Jamie, here’s a list of SOME of the things he’s up to online: angryzenmaster, Erfworld (Book 1), Monster Cutie, Headline DS, Super Art Fight, and I’m sure there’s more. Here’s his entry.

My initial reaction to this was a rapid fire blown away torrent of excited curses and ill-enunciated gibberish. SO. FREAKIN’. AWESOME! From his e-mail:

Ninja and Kunoichi sharing a tender moment. And then… BUNNY STEW!!!!!

Seeing the characters (especially Chance) portrayed realistically is beyond surreal for me. I spend so much time looking at these little crocheted guys I hadn’t even imagined them in this style. I love the worried little bunny expression on Chance. It’s art like this that reminds me that if he doesn’t start to show the internet more comics soon I’m going to have to BEAT HIM UP!

Thanks, Jamie! My mind = Blown the frig up!

Crafty Ninja

Less than 20 minutes later I received the second entry from Kristie. Kristie is a reader who follows me on Twitter and who makes some precious amigurumi and plushies. In fact, you can see some of them at her Etsy Store. You should probably BUY THEM! :) She’s also a great mom. When Amu and I talk about having kids it’s always about how we won’t be. We both have a myriad reasons why this is. Kristie’s Twitter updates, so full of happy and fun times with her child, remind me some of the ways I think we may be missing out. Here’s her entry.

ADORABLE! This Kunoichi plushi is made of black fleece, felt, embroidery floss and yarn. While I’m not a crafter myself, I live with one. I see the trial and error involved in creating something in person. I see the needle stabbed and yarn welted fingers. I witness the hours of twisting wrists and hands that give ME arthritis just watching! On the few occasions I’ve helped Amu prepare for selling her handmade items at craft shows or conventions I learned how much time and concentration goes into making even the most basic of things. I nearly lost my mind attaching limbs to some of her cellphone charms.

Above all I learned to respect how much dedication goes into hand crafting a plushie, or amigurumi, or doll. It’s nothing I could ever do and I admire those who have the manual dexterity to MAKE AWESOME THINGS.

Thanks so much, Kristie! So squishy, huggably awesome.

Heroes Of Amitown

The third entry was quite the buzzer beater. Right at the end I got a nice surprise as I had yet another reason to be glad I do this comic. Ami, who does the webcomic The Glass Urchin is someone in the webcomics world I’ve only met online, via Twitter. The East Coast webcomics scene has been a nice, welcoming little family. Ami’s comic is autobiographical, cute, funny, and contains one of my favorite webcomic updates of all time. I say this because this comic is SO DANG TRUE!

There’s a lot I do to escape my day and explore new places, ideas, stories, and characters. Comics is one of those places. To be a part of that, and be part of a family that is a part of that, is amazing. Ami’s also reached a milestone in publishing her FIRST BOOK, which collects the first year of her webcomic in print form. Hooray! Here’s Ami’s entry.

SO CUTE! I love it I love it I love it! In her e-mail Ami mentions that she loves Hidalgo, Juan’s attack alpaca. In truth, I’ve had more people tell me he’s their favorite character than any other character. I think that’s HILARIOUS because he almost didn’t make it into the comic at all. It was on a whim that Amu mentioned we should add him. It’s wonderful to see him in this style. The tongue is super cute and I love the colors. I was hoping people would depict the characters in their own style, and this is why. This is so sweet my teeth have rotted away, been replaced with dentures, which have also been destroyed by the cute sweetness.

Thank you Ami for contributing MAXIMUM HIDALGO CUTENESS!

THE WINNER

This is one of the harder things I’ve had to do, and after much thought Amu and I have decided that ALL THREE HAVE WON!

Don’t think it wasn’t difficult to make this decision. I personally spent HOURS going over the entries, talking to Amu, and getting feedback and advice from people I trust. After going back and forth with myself over how to select a winner it was ultimately Amu who swayed me to this result after stressing that we got three entries, and all three are fantastic. There wasn’t any way we COULDN’T reward everybody for taking the time out to make such flattering pieces for the contest. You’re all wonderful and did an amazing job. We’re so lucky to have gotten such phenomenal art.

So Amu and I are going to be working hard to get Jamie, Kristie, AND Ami each an Amu’s World amigurumi, and a large print of THEIR CHOICE from any of the Photo Phriday pictures. If those photos weren’t enough of a selection, I’ll extend your options to a large print of ANY comic if you had a favorite instead of a Friday photo.

I’m going to hit each of you up with an e-mail for your information, and as soon as you’ve selected which photo or comic you’d like a print of I’ll make the order and Amu will get cracking on an amigurumi for you. Thank you so much for participating, and I hope it was fun for you and all the other readers. I’m humbled.

OBSERVATION

All three pieces of Fan Art for the contest featured Kunoichi. As a result, I’m soon going to be exploring a Kuno-focused story. I’m looking forward to delving into her story and fleshing out her personality.

There’s Going To Be A Fight!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I have the good fortune to know some very cool, very productive people. They are hyper-creative folk who get a lot done, and have been not only part of the inspiration behind why I’m doing this comic in the first place, but contribute to helping me continue. Every once in a while they let me play Event Photographer for one of the most fun live events I’ve ever been to. This Saturday I’ll be taking photos of Super Art Fight 6!

SAF6_poster_sm2

If you’re in the Baltimore area this Saturday head on down to The Ottobar and see a live art battle, live music, and wild crowd. If you’ve never been, and have the time, you owe it to yourself to experience THIS MUCH AWESOME!

Commentary

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

As mentioned earlier this week, Super Art Fight 6 is happening very soon (2 days soon as of this writing) and I’m pretty psyched. When talking about the event a lot of people highlight the artists. Some folks talk about the live music. Today I want to give a little credit to another part of what makes this show so amazing. Hilarious commentary.

ringmasters

Above we have Ross Nover (The System) and Marty Day (Blast-o-Rama), the awesome bastards behind the live commentary that goes on during the art battles. I can honestly say that watching these artists tackle the randomly selected topics from the Wheel Of Death is fun enough. It really is. These artists are clever, and talented and FAST! But what kicks it up a few notches is the witty banter of Marty and Ross. There’s art happening, and a DJ spinning music, and these two guys wrangle up that sensory overload and thread it together with good humor. It also gives a voice to what’s otherwise purely visual entertainment.

As staff photographer for the Super Art Fight show (I still have no idea how that happened) I got to take roster portraits at SAF5. Having taken the portraits myself, and exemplifying the “own worst critic” trait, I immediately see at least a dozen ways I could have made those shots better. I’m told they’re alright though, and I’m in no position of authority to argue. I get to do it all again this Saturday. So very psyched!