Indie promotion fuses wrestling, comic books and anime
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April 24, 2012|Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
If you follow pro-wrestling to the fanatical degree that I do, you'll know that there's a lot more out there than just the WWE or even TNA. In addition to Ring of Honor (ROH) and Windy City Pro, you have countless promotions showing up on-line. One of the most notable wrestling promotions that you'll come across on the 'interwebz' is CHIKARA PRO, a fun and funky wrestling organization that fuses the athleticism of the sport with the geekiness of comics and manga. As my fellow geek-in-arms Chris Olmstead describes it:"CHIKARA is a very PG-rated reinterpretation of pro-wrestling. It plays like a comic book come to life, with heavier influences of sci-fi and fantasy than what the genre usually tolerates."
CHIKARA is also unique in that you can't find it on your local cable station but on the web and direct-to-video DVDs. "(They) hold two to three live events each month that are then released afterwards to DVD." Chris explains "They also release 3-4 videos each week to CHIKARA's official YouTube channel and have an album of original music on sale in iTunes, Zune and other music spots. With 12,000 Twitter followers and a mailing list of 2,500, they have a very engaged audience."
Another cool aspect of the CHIKARA experience is how they've imagined their characters as comic book heroes and villians, battling it out in the squared circle and in their very own web-comic.
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