Today's news post has nothing to do with today's comic, but it's a subject that's been rattling around in my head for a while now.
I love professional wrestling. When done well it's the perfect marriage of athleticism and storytelling. The reason so many male protagonists in this comic run around without their shirts on is likely because of professional wrestling's impact on me.
I grew up watching the icons of the 1980s like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Ricky Steamboat, and so on. I got back into it during the "Monday Night Wars" of the late 1990s, when Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Mick Foley were my new pro-wrestling heroes. I tried getting back into professional wrestling again recently and found myself very disappointed. It's all so corporate and sterile (save for the incredible CM Punk) that I was almost about to give up hope.
Until I looked to the independent wrestling scene. In particular, I discovered CHIKARA.
This is a small promotion with a lot of heart and personality. Just looking over their roster will tell you that. It's also funny as hell. The eight-man tag-team match from their 2012 King of Trios Tournament
has to be seen to be believed. If you're a professional wrestling fan and want the whole thing to be fun again, give Chikara
a look-see. You won't be disappointed.
The Art of Wrestling Podcast
has also been entertaining me greatly. It's hosted by Colt Cabana, who took part in that amazing 8-man tag match mentioned above. Give it a look-see... er, listen-see. You won't be disappointed.
That's all from me for now.