If you are not familiar with roller derby let me tell you one of the most simple of truths about the scene: it consumes your life. What I mean is it kills your time, between practice, fundraisers, promoting, games, and events, your calendar fills up quickly not to mention all the social obligations that come along with acquiring a new family with close to 50 members. What I’m saying is, if I have a derby free night and you want to get me out to something, it had better be good, real good. It should also fall under one or more of the following categories: comic books, sci-fi, burlesque, horror, and presented in a generally sub cultural and underground manner. So needless to say when I caught wind of a live reading of Silver Age comics featuring The Dark Knight himself, it immediately captured my interest.
Super Heroes Who Are Super, presented by Touch Me Philly Productions, is an event that speaks to my little sub cultural loving fangirl heart! Imagine the old time radio shows before TV, actors using only their voices to read and tell a story that would come to life in the mind of the listener through readings that require overly dramatic voices and sound effects. It reeks of nostalgia and as I read the description of the event, I was charmed out of my pants at the idea of being able to see this type of thing live.
Could it be that I had just time traveled back to the 1930’s and had just won a contest sponsored by Ovaltine that afforded me the opportunity to come the studio to see a live broadcast with my own two eyes? This is the kind of think geek girls and guys like myself long for! Imagine going to a Marvel or DC panel at a comic con and getting to see your favorite actors read the comics they had just spent months filming live action style?!?! While Touch Me Philly may not be bringing Ben Affleck to read Batman, you do not need heavy hitting star power to bring the Bat to life.
Touch Me Philly Productions is known for putting on some great shows in the Philly area. From their SINema After Hours to Psycho Beach Party, they certainly know how to entertain the subcultural crowd. Working on an idea originated by Daniel Student and Save the Day Productions, if Super Heroes Who Are Super is half as good as the 3 minute clip of Super Heroes that Are Patriotic I just watched, then Philly is in for a treat. Overacting, physical comedy, and all the camp and cheese you can expect from a live reading of a Silver Age comic book. I mean what more can you ask for on a random Monday night in Philadelphia?
So to all you Batfans out there, I encourage you to come out for what is sure to be an action packed night as we follow the Dynamic Duo on a heroic adventure as they patrol the night skies of our beloved Gotham City! Will the actor reading Batman channel Christian Bale to get into his part? Will he also not be wearing hockey pads? Will Robin go into an endless array of Holy Batman Puns? Will Catwoman be caught pussyfooting around this time? Will “foXXXy” (That’s me!) wear a costume to get into the spirit? “Tune in” on Monday, August 29th at L’Etage on the corner of 6th and Bainbridge at 7pm to find out!!! Tickets are $10 at the door, and $7 if you’re in a costume.