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Pencil: BREAKING NEWS

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I’m a big believer in serendipity. Things happen when and where for a reason. Though truth be told, you can find meaning in anything if you’re looking hard enough. Fortune cookie anyone?

Irregardless, I found myself wrapping up this book project in the same place I unknowingly started it: Seattle. The other common denominator was Brandy Rettig (below), aka Rettig To Rumble aka Fangirl aka The Yellow Dragon. (I can only imagine the FBI file on this woman.)

I drove up to Seattle recently to talk with her about writing the forward for my upcoming Weird Sports photo book. And to catch her in action competing in Extreme Pencil Fighting.

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For the record, this was billed as: World Extreme Pencil Fighting Championships WXPFL VIII: Hard Wood. “The Schoolyard Sport of Pencil Fighting goes Pro! Pencil vs. Pencil Until Somebody Breaks!”

The Rendezvous is a perfect venue for Extreme Pencil Fighting, modest but intimate, with roving waitresses taking orders for cheap beer. EVERYONE was into this night, which really was Pro Wrestling Bravado meets Pencil-Packing,Trouble-Making 3rd Graders with A.D.D. on crack.

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Some lucky fans got to go onstage and battle the pros, Ticonderoga à Ticonderoga. This woman, above, dominated much of the field.

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As with the RCRG, I was able to infiltrate the backstage scene and make some fun photos. Apparently, The Yellow Dragon has pull.

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I saw some familiar faces from derby competing with pencil fighting. Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves WEIRD SPORTS.

Why do I foresee a day when traditional sports will be looked upon as weird?

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The current final book edit has 69 images, dude. Two are from Derby. And two are from Pencil Fighting.

Why does that feel so right?

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  • FOCUSED dispatch | Sol Neelman – FOCUSED - November 22, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    […] The first time I shot Xtreme Pencil Fighting back in March, I made over 2k images. I kept 1,417 selects. Stunningly, 2 made Mike’s final edit of my book and even paired off each other nicely in the sequencing (above). Yeah, that’s Brandy at the far left on the couch. […]

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  • SAINT BRYAN - February 10, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    Wow!
    I’d like to do a story on the next tournament Feb 16.
    Who’s in charge of this event? Any idea?
    Thanks
    Saint Bryan
    Evening Magazine reporter
    sbryan@king5.com

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  • […] night, I had many fond flashbacks to my time with Extreme Pencil Fighting up in Seattle. Same energy, same crassness, same […]

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