Recap of the Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle!

Epic Super Hero Battle - Villains Attack!

Epic Super Hero battle courtesy of Sheila Dee

On Saturday, November 17th Improv AZ had its first Flashmob Fiction event – The Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle! We’ve done Epic Super Hero Battles before, but this one had a unique twist. We gave our agents an mp3 of instructions to download and play during the event.

Dozens of agents donned a colorful array of wigs, masks, capes, and spandex and gathered in Old Town Scottsdale. At the appointed time, we all pressed “play” and followed the instructions as it led our group down 3rd Avenue. At our first stop, it became obvious that there was not one but two recordings – 1 for the villains and 1 for the heroes! Unlike past battles where participants got to select their team we randomly assigned agents into alliances with good and evil.

The groups split up to dominate separate areas of Old Town. The heroes sang the worst rendition of the Spiderman theme song ever and tried to engage with the patrons at Dos Gringos, despite their best efforts to ignore the wily colorful group. The villains leered and sneered their way up another street intriguing the nearby children, patrons, business owners, and one uncomfortable-looking armed security guard outside a high-end jewelry store.

The battle culminated with a massive face-off between the groups. The heroes initially tried to quell the villains with an onslaught of bubbles, but had to resort to stronger powers if they were going to have a chance at victory. Eventually the heroes and villains grew tired long enough to look at each other and realize that they were fighting the people who were once their friends. Instead of continuing to fight, they clasped hands and skipped off into the imaginary sunset.

Of course this flash mob had its fair share of onlookers and paparazzi who grinned, laughed, took pictures, asked us what we were doing, and even began to follow us in a mini-parade to see how the story would play out.

Pictures, Write-ups, and Thank Yous!

Check out some of the great superhero battle pictures on Flickr! A big thanks to Sheila Dee and Patrick McLeod for being our roving (running) photographers. We’ve had some problems with the video, but are hoping to get it sorted and get a video up soon.

We also had some excellent coverage in the Phoenix New Times, who posted a Super Hero slideshow, and their take on the Seven Most Interesting Heroes/Villains. Did you make the list?

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first Flashmob Fiction a huge success, including Evo Terra for recording the tracks, and Debbie Walker for doing all the audio editing.

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Download the mp3 for the Epic Super Hero Battle flash mob!

The mp3 file for our first Flashmob Fiction story, The Tale of the Epic Super Hero Battle, is now available!

You can download the mp3 from our Flashmob Fiction page, but do not listen to it until the flash mob starts. That would spoil all the fun!

All the info for the flash mob is on the same page, and we hope to see you there!

Need epic duds? Come to Super Hero Costume Meetup!

#eshb09 - Epic Super Hero/Villain Battle 2009

Image by sheiladeeisme via Flickr

Want to come to the Epic Super Hero Battle but not sure what dress as? Out of touch on what all the hottest heroes and villains are wearing this year?

Join us for a costume shopping meetup on Saturday, April 10th, to browse the most amazing Easley’s Costume Shop and compare notes and ideas for your wardrobe!  If you’ve already got your costume idea set, come on down anyway and help others or check out the crazy stuff at Easley’s!

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Easley’s Fun Shop, 509 West McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85003

You can also RSVP for the Epic Super Hero Battle on Facebook or check out more info on Easley’s Fun Shop at

Hope to see you at Easley’s!

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Epic Super Hero Battle ’10 is coming

courtesty of sheiladeeisme

The time has come once again for villains and heroes to gather in armed combat. Well… maybe just some healthy taunting and significant amount of faux battle. But it’ll still be fun!

There will be a pub crawl beforehand, then the battle, then we’re going to see the movie Kick Ass in full costume. You’re welcome to come to any combination of the above.


Decide whether you want to be a superhero or a supervillain. Ideally, we’d like equal numbers on either side, but we’re willing to let the law of averages work unfettered. Dress appropriately. Let your imagination run wild, but if you’re stuck, we’ll be having a costume meetup to help you with ideas.


* Licensed outfits. No need to get sued, right? Make it up, but feel free to draw inspiration.
* Real or realistic weapons. No need to get anyone shot, right?
* Nothing. Note the double-negative. In other words, cover thyself!


Both sides will meet separately on Mill Ave in Tempe, then come together as a group.  Note that this is a participation event! If you’re not in costume, don’t come!

Villains — You’re being led by Ruth Carter. Villains — You’re being led by Ruth Carter. You are meeting by the KPMG building on Rio Salado at 2:00.  See the map!

Heroes — Jeff Moriarty is directing things for your side. You are meeting on 1st and Ash (in the Monti’s Parking Lot)  See the map!

MAP: Map of Parking and Meetup Locations! <– This is the map!


Saturday, April 17th – Both Heroes and Villains need to be parked, dressed and gathered with their groups by NO LATER THAN 2:00p. We highly recommend planning on arriving at 1:45 to make sure you can find the group. If you get there early — WAIT! No rogue agents, please. As cool as it sounds… it’s not. The group is better.


The battle will take place on Mill Ave, working our way up towards the Light Rail station. We’re going to stay on public property so we don’t disrupt any of the business on Mill. No none wants to get arrested. Well, none of us trying to organize want to get arrested. YMMV.

If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP for the event here and share it with your friends!


Our partners in this melee – AZ Cacophony – are doing a pub crawl again before the battle. This is totally optional. If you’re interested, the crawl starts at noon.


Since the movie Kick-Ass is opening that weekend, we’re going to ride the light rail in costume (fun!) and go see the movie in costume (more fun!).

We’ll take the Light Rail to the 3rd & Washington stop, then walk to the Arizona Center to see the 4:30 show (or 5:15 if we run late)


Stuck for costume ideas?  We’re having a Costuming Meetup at Easley’s Fun Shop at 509 W McDowell Rd on Saturday, April 10th, at 11:00am. Stop on by, get costume ideas, then we’ll probably get a bite to eat for lunch afterwards.


For all Flickr and Twitter references, use IMPROVAZ or ESHB10 (Epic Super Hero Battle 10).

Here’s a clip of the mayhem from last year.  Look like fun? We think so. See you on April 17th!

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Epic Super Hero Battle 2009

Several weeks of planning and strategizing culminated in a fantastic event, when the forces of justice and villainy met near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on a hot June evening for a battle that was truly epic. In conjunction with another local group, AZ Cacophony Society, the plan was hatched in early May and the call went out to gauge interest in the idea. Since the response was a resounding “Yes, we want in on this!”, we quickly moved on to the strategizing phase while directing our followers to get started on their costumes. The date was chosen and a scouting mission was done to devise a battle plan that would draw public attention while (hopefully) limiting any security intervention.

On the day of the event, the respective groups began to form up when a snag was encountered. Mall security approached the Heroes and stated that several mall policies prohibited the group from entering. Luckily, cool heads prevailed on both sides and with just a few modifications to the plan, the Heroes were allowed to proceed through the mall to meet the Villains on the other side.

As you can imagine, the sight of two large groups of costumed individuals garnered quite a bit of attention as each made their way to the battle site, a large street corner in full view of all passers by. The Heroes arrived first and took the high ground (as Heroes often do), taunting the Villains who were forced to wait for traffic. Once the Villains reached the area, all manner of mayhem broke out with water soaker guns employed to full effect. Most of the participants were very into character, pairing up with each other for mock fisticuffs and other shenanigans. A few of my favorite characters were Musical Theater Girl and her jazz-hands of justice, Dark Elvis with his menacing patch of removable chest hair, Couch Potato with his “hang back and let others fight” stance and The Zombie who wandered through the crowd oozing on his foes.

As the battle wound down the group posed for photographs and then headed off to reminisce on the event at one of the nearby watering holes. Within minutes of the event’s completion, a hilarious video of the battle was uploaded to YouTube:

And here is a shorter compilation of the event, complete with dramatic soundtrack!

There’s also a growing set of amazing pictures on Flickr, and in the Facebook event! Tag yourself and comment away!