This Friday, Marty Day and Ross Nover will be bringing The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe back to MIT for their second stint at ROFLCon. There will be dongs.
What are we dealing with, exactly, and how did it start?
Marty: It evolved out of this competition called Iron Artist—this homage to Iron Chef at a lot of different comic and anime conventions. During one of those shows everything sort of fell apart and our co-creators Nick Borkowicz and Jamie Noguchi were left to their own devices. So, one thing lead to another, they started drawing up all of everything they could find—including each other—and it became this sort of wacky, over-the-top pro-wrestling style art battle that it is today.
What started as a very artistic competition has essentially become a lot more about performance and general swagger.
Now obviously there’s a lot of art going on but we’ve had artists, you know, kind of pander to the audience with crazy costumes, sexy costumes, unsexy costumes … It’s got a very over-the-top feel to it. It’s a lot like a rap battle: so much of what occurs is all about besting the person on the opposite side of you.
How have the ROFLCon fights been different?
Marty: Well, we have a very nerdy core demographic that ROFLCon understands pretty well. When we go in front of a lot of other audiences, it takes them a little while sometimes to kind of get with it and understand where we’re coming from, but the ROFLCon audience really just jumped right into the fun. We’re looking forward to coming back, hopefully having some people that remember the last show and want to see it all happen again, only better.
Where there any other prominent Boston artists that you remember having participated recently?
Marty: Last summer we were actually up in Boston, we did a show with Vitamin Water and we featured Shelli Paroline, who’s gone on to draw the Adventure Time comics for BOOM! studios.
Is there a particular fight that sticks out in your memory?
Marty: I’ve got to give it up for our last ROFLCon show where Zach Weiner drew all the wieners. It was a wiener dog, with wiener eyes, a wiener for a nose, wiener feet, wiener toes … anywhere there could be wieners, there was.
It was a penis monster the likes of which you’ve never seen.
SUPER ART FIGHT AT ROFLCON
77 MASS AVE.
8:30PM/ALL AGES/$75; $55 STUDENTS