BAM9 Guest Artist: Chamba (Street Fighter 2, Udon Comics)

 

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We are pleased to announce the return of special guest Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz to Battle Arena Melbourne in 2017!

The artist for Udon Comics’ Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Street Fighter & Street Fighter V : Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash, he will be appearing both Saturday 13th 11am-5pm, and Sunday 14th May, 11am-3pm.

Chamba, who was a popular guest at BAM 2014 and 2016, will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!

Prize:

Chamba is providing to #BAM9’s prize pool

To browse through his fantastic art visit theCHAMBA.com

Follow Chamba on Instagram and Twitter

For a hint of what Chamba will be working on for fans at, browse his website or Instagram above to see recent art including amazing Free Comic Book Day sketches.

Prices:

Black & White Single character Headshot Commissions:

A6 postcard – $10

A5 Headboard – $30

Street Fighter Blank Cover – $50

 

Hit the break to read Chamba’s Bio 

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World Street Fighter Champions Daigo and Infiltration confirmed for #BAM9

Two mighty World Champions of Street Fighter have been confirmed. Both Daigo and Infiltration will be at #BAM9!
Will you be there?

Daigo Umehara also known as The Beast is a multiple title fighting game champion. He won two consecutive EVO World Championships in Street Fighter IV, and famed for this video, EVO Moment 37.

Lee Seon-woo aka Infiltration burst on to the scene during Street Fighter IV and his powerful, methodical play and ability to “download” an opponent’s playstyle and overcome them has led him to dominance and is the first Street Fighter V EVO World Champion. [Video]

More international player reveals to come!

You can register for Battle Arena Melbourne 9 here

#BAM8 SPECIAL GUEST : JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ – UDON COMICS ARTIST

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We are pleased to announce the return of special guest Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz to Battle Arena Melbourne in 2016!

The artist for Udon Comics’ Street Fighter Unlimited will be appearing both Saturday 14th 11am-5pm, and Sunday 15th May, 11am-3pm.

Chamba, who was a popular guest at BAM 2014, will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!

To browse through his fantastic art visit theCHAMBA.com

Follow Chamba on Instagram and Twitter

For a hint of what Chamba will be working on for fans at, browse his website or Instagram above to see recent art including amazing Free Comic Book Day sketches.

Prices:

Black & White Single character Headshot Commissions:

A6 postcard – $10

A5 Headboard – $30

Blank Cover – $40

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Prize:

Chamba is providing to #BAM8’s prize pool a one custom colour and one black and white piece illustrated on Limited Gold Foil UDON Street Fighter Unlimited #1 blank sketch cover!

 

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Star “Street Fighter” comic artist JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ returns at BAM7!

We are proud to announce the return our special guest, the extraordinary artist, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz! 

 Artist with Udon Comics on the Street Fighter II Turbo series and veteran of many conventions including San Diego Comic Con and even EVO, Chamba will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!  Attendees were treated to some incredible character sketches last year, so make sure you get your requests to Chamba in early.

Think about what you’d like Chamba to draw for you, and bring a your idea and a clear reference image to show always helps.

To check out more of his amazing work, visit thechamba.com and TheChamba on Twitter.

 
WHAT – Chamba art commissions 

 
WHERE – Battle Arena Melbourne 7, CQ Functions, 123 Queen St, Melbourne

WHEN – Appearing from 10am-6pm Saturday 23rd  and 11am-5pm Sunday 24th May

 

Special BAM7 exclusive artwork and Tshirt

We’ve also had the honor of commissioning Chamba to produce our exclusive BAM7 illustration, which will also be the basis for the event tshirt.

 

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BIO chamba

Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz is a Melbourne based Comic book artist whose credits include: UDON’s Street Fighter II Turbo series, Super Street Fighter Vol.1 & 2, Skullkickers & Wayward from Image Comics, Cover art for Red Sonja comic by Dynamite1 and Cover art for TMNT: the animated comic, along with concept design for DC’s Bombshell statues and feature film ‘Sucker Punch’.
Above all, his primary goal is to continue work on his Original Graphic Novel ‘RandomVeus’ (also published through UDON) and to simply just draw for as long as he can.

GET OVER HERE! Announcing Special Guest PERFECT LEGEND and more for Mortal Kombat X at BAM7

This May 22-24, fighting game players around the country will gather for the National Major event, BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE 7.  Among the epic competitions will be the first large scale tournament for MORTAL KOMBAT X in Australia.

CouchWarriors, in partnership with Warner Bros Games Australia, is proud to announce these special features for MORTAL KOMBAT X

MORTAL KOMBAT PIT

BAM7 will feature a themed tournament play area for the game, the MORTAL KOMBAT PIT.  The atmosphere of the Outworld comes to Melbourne, in this R18+ space.

MAJOR PRIZE POOL WITH $1,000 POT BONUS

As the first major competitive event for MORTAL KOMBAT X, WB Games Australia, our Major Sponsor, is providing an amazing prize pool of must-have Mortal Kombat merchandise for participants across the beginner level to top players.  To entice the very best players to strive for the top 8, there is a Cash Prize Pool Bonus of $1,000.

This prize pool will be distributed down through the top 8 finishers, on top of product giveaways and the regular cash prizing drawn from entries.

INTERNATIONAL GUEST – TWO TIME WORLD CHAMPION

This is the rare opportunity to play against a world class Mortal Kombat player, two time EVO World Champion, Carl “PERFECT LEGEND” White.  Perfect Legend won the Evolution World Championships for Mortal Kombat 9, back to back in 2011 and 2012.  You can see our announcement trailer below.

Opportunities for Interview

Media who wish to interview Perfect Legend,  please contact us

 

More information

BAM7 returns on May 22-24, at CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne.  Full schedule of events and Event Registration will be open soon.

www.couchwarriors.org

 

 

About Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation.  Mortal Kombat X is scheduled for release on April15, 2015 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC

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About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors Inc is a not for profit association created to energise the fighting game community.
Hosts of the major annual, Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), providing tournament services, support and resources for industry and community companion events.
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BAM6 Acknowledgements and thanks

Thank you to everyone who made Battle Arena Melbourne in 2014 an amazing event! We broke our pregistration record with 181 preregistered, then hosted over 260 attendees in the venue plus a few thousand viewers on the live stream and archive.

There were some amazing moments in a very memorable weekend.

See the Results Post for video links and Community Award acknowledgements.  

See the Photo Galleries, Video and Media coverage in the Media Wrapup

We’d also like to make some special acknowledgements to our Partners, Sponsors, and Guests:

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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: MICK GORDON – KILLER INSTINCT SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER

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We are thrilled to announce our second guest for Battle Arena Melbourne 2014 is something of a rock god for video gamers – Mick Gordon!  Composer for the upcoming many games including Need For Speed, Shootmania Storm, Marvel Super Hero Squad, the upcoming Wolfenstein and of course KILLER INSTINCT

One of the most celebrated features of KI has been the dynamic soundtrack designed by Mick, building on the reputation for the soundtrack since the famous “Killer Cuts” of the first game.

Mick will be appearing at #BAM6 on Saturday 10th May all day for meet and greet, media interviews, and a special 1 hour QandA/Ask Me Anything segment at the end of Killer Instinct pools (approx. 4pm), to show us some behind the scenes insight and sounds.  We’ll see if we can get some game commentary and perhaps even a challenge or two!

Ever wanted to know what goes into the sound design of a game, especially a fighting game?  Now’s your chance. After packing out the panel room at PAX Australia last year, this is a rare opportunity.

Visit Mick Gordon’s official website http://www.mick-gordon.com/

Twitter: @Mick_Gordon

Killer Instinct Soundcloud suite: https://soundcloud.com/mickgordon/killer-instinct-2013-music-1

BIO mg award

Known for his unbridled enthusiasm and tiresome work ethic, Mick has been enjoying the wonderful world of video game sound for most of his adult life with his musical noises attracting companies such as Electronic Arts, THQ, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Sony Entertainment.

An incredibly diverse composer, Mick treats music and sound design the same – “music is just sound design with rules”. It is this direction that gives him the ability to create distinctive textures and memorable themes that not only compliment and enhance the numerous projects that he’s worked on but are also recognized and praised by the people who enjoy them.

Read more at Mick’s official Bio

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ – UDON COMICS ARTIST

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We are proud to announce the first of our special guests for Battle Arena Melbourne 2014! Appearing both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May, is Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz!

Artist with Udon Comics on the Street Fighter II Turbo series, Chamba will be available from 11pm-6pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!

Chamba is also kindly donating THREE amazing prints to the prize pool (see below), and will also be providing the artwork that will adorn the NEW CHALLENGERS tournament prize, a Razer Atrox Arcade stick.

To browse through his fantastic art visit theCHAMBA.com

Check out Chamba’s original graphic novel work on the RandomVeus Tumblr

Hit the break to read Chamba’s Bio and see the awesome prints he’s bringing as Prizes!

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BAM Guest interview: Chipmusic artist, Pselodux

In partnership with Sound Bytes, Chiptunes musician Pselodux will open BAM5 Friday entertainment with a blistering spacerock set, bringing together the chiptunes and competitive gaming scenes for the first time, making BAM a true festival of gaming.

We took a moment with Pselodux, aka Rob Curulli, to talk about his upcoming performance, and the worlds of chipmusic and gaming.

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Hey Rob, thanks for coming on board with BAM!  We’re excited to check out your set.
Thanks for having me! I’m excited to see what the event is all about.

What in the world is a chiptune artist?
Chiptune artists are, essentially, people who like expoiting old game consoles for use as synths, or composing music with sounds inspired by those consoles. Independent developers have even created software for use on Game Boy, Nintendo DS, Sega Mega Drive and other consoles, specifically for music making. It’s awesome stuff, and you’d be surprised at just how much bass a Game Boy can produce!
How long have you been on the scene making and performing music?
I’ve been performing under various pseudonyms (and genres) around Australia for over ten years. The Pselodux show is relatively new though; I’ve only been playing that material live since 2009.
What kind of gamer are you? Favourite genre?
I was all about first-person shooters for the longest time, and I got heavily into making custom levels for Doom, back in the day (with custom music too, of course). These days I still check out the occasional FPS, but I mostly go for arty iPhone games—most recently, Time Surfer (featuring music by regular SoundBytes performer Derris-Kharlan) and Hiversaires (created by Aliceffekt, who played at Square Sounds in February); both ridiculously excellent!
Tell us about Sound Bytes and the Square Sounds festival?
SoundBytes is a regular chip music event that showcases local, interstate and sometimes overseas talent, and quite often draws an awesomely large crowd. They also occasionally have ‘open-mic’ segments at their shows where anyone can come along, plug a gameboy/laptop/other noisemaker in and play whatever they like for seven minutes. The shows are always lots of fun, since even though most performers use chip sounds, a wide variety of genres are represented—including synthpop, dubstep, hardcore punk and everything in between.
Square Sounds is a similar concept, but a bit more large scale in that it’s a two-night festival, with more overseas and interstate performers, and representing a somewhat wider variety of electronic styles. The inaugural event was in February; in addition to the two nights of the festival there was also a pre-party and an afterparty.
They’re heading to Japan in September for a second round, and I believe the plan is to branch out to other countries as well. Should be awesome!
Tell us about your approach to chip music. What type of music do you make and what kind if instruments do you use?
My music isn’t as ‘pure chip’ as others in the chip scene, but still retains a heavy Amiga-style sound—the music from the early 90s demo scene has been a huge inspiration for my music. As well as that, I like to throw in elements of space rock, progressive rock, industrial and metal to make things interesting. Onstage, I try to handle as many of my solos as I can on guitar, and have been known to pull out some home-made electronic instruments to make things just that little bit more ridiculous (one of the many benefits of having an inventor for a dad).
Tell us about your experience with competitive gaming
1995. Family home in Perth. Two-player Doom II serial cable tournaments between myself, my brother, my neighbour and anyone else who was around at the time. Many tantrums were thrown. There have been other experiences (mostly just drunken Smash Bros ridiculousness), but nothing as epic as those days seemed to us back then.
Do you have a favorite fighting game?
SHAQ-FU!
Seriously though, the 90s DOS game One Must Fall 2097. It definitely had the best music out of all the games I’d played at the time, which is probably why I played it so much; also, robots beating each other up is pretty awesome. I also played a hell of a lot of Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat 3 on SNES; and I’ll never say no to a Smash Bros game.
What can we expect from your set on Friday night at BAM? Any themes or special tunes for the show?
Expect ridiculousness! I’m pulling out some fast-paced tracks to get everyone pumped. As for special tunes, I might have a few tricks up my sleeve 😀
Where can we check out your music and what’s coming up next for you?
I’m on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and various social media sites as Pselodux, and I’m finally Google-able without my name being autocorrected to a brand of nailguns, hooray!

The next few months are pretty busy for me! I’m playing a synthpop gig on the 8th of June (supporting Limb at the Grace Darling hotel) and have a couple of special gigs coming up in July and August. Actually they’re all special in that I’ll be busting out some new material at all of them. I’ll post more details on Facebook and Twitter as they’re available.

Thanks for your time, PSELODUX!

See Pselodux play from 6.30pm with a full set from 7pm Friday 17th.

Video Clip: Pselodux live at the Laundry

You can grab a copy of the Pselodux album TITAN for only $8 at BAM. These cool Spaceman figures come with an attached download code.

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Pselodux – BandcampTwitter

You can see more of the BAM5 Guest schedule here