Wednesday Collective: July

Like the cheesy narrative of some 1980s action movie, this wicked animated short from the Wednesday Collective see two adversaries team up to defeat a new enemy... except it's children racing each other in a water park!

Benjamin Wright: Turtle Fighters Badges

Artist and illustrator Benjamin Wright has made his 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' inspired 'Turtle Fighters' hand-made badges available through his online store. Usually reserved for 'zine fairs and independent publishing events, Ben has produced over 200 different mutations of eye-mask colour, skin tone and facial expression!

The badges are laser-cut sustainable plywood, individually and painstakingly hand-painted, and finished with a quick fastening brooch pin. Due to their unique nature you can only specify the eye-mask colour-way with your order... The badges are selected at random so yours will differ slightly from the ones shown.

You can purchase a single 'Turtle Fighters' badge for £4.00, or pick up the entire team for a discounted rate of £12.00!

Also look out for the Benjamin Wright & Isaac Lenkiewicz collaborative 'Turtle Fighters' comic, due to be released for sale online soon.

Mittie Paul: Neon Genesis Evangelion 'Zine

Illustrator and comic book artist Mittie Paul has released a Neon Genesis Evangelion 'zine, titled 'Blood Type Blue.'

The 17 page fanzine features illustrations of all the angels from the seminal 90s mecha anime, each one rendered in a different art/inking style... with a central spread which folds out into an impressive 17" panoramic image of 10th angel Sahaquiel! The 8x5" hand-finished publication also boasts a die cut cover and an "emergency" velcro clasp belly band!

'Blood Type Blue' is available in extremely limited numbers from Mittie's online store now, priced $8.00

Manabu Himeda: Shall We Dance With Octopustume?

Oddball musician and animator Manabu Himeda has released a new track called 'Shall We Dance With Octopustume?' along with an equally wild music video.

The beautifully rendered painterly animation depicts the tentacle entwined romantic liaison between a man dressed as a squid and a woman dressed as an octopus!

Shuggies Sweet Revenge: Shelbyville T-shirt

Shuggies Sweet Revenge have released a T-shirt and tote bag featuring some fabricated Shelbyvillians!

Shelbyville is the cousin-marrying town next to, and somewhat similar to, Springfield... The Shelbyville inhabitants we do actually encounter in various episodes are visually and characteristically similar to those we know and love from Springfield. Similarly the Shuggies Sweet Revenge illustrations take two well known Simpsons characters and smash them together to create a bizarre, yet strangely familiar, new populace for Shelbyville.

The black & white variant T-shirt is available for $45.00, whilst the hand-painted, made-to-order, colour variants are $75.00. The black & white tote is $25.00, stretching to $45.00 for a hand-painted edition. Check out the Shuggies Sweet Revenge online store for sizes and availability.

Damien Colboc: Away

Damien Colboc's animated fable, titled 'Away', sees a man and his two wild companions in search of a mystical bear idol. The man seeks to free his son from a curse which has transformed him into a bear, but in turn sacrifices himself to the same fate...

Jacob Stead: Fuochi Fatui Festival

Leeds-based freelance illustrator Jacob Stead, whose client list includes The New York Times, Anorak, The Ride Journal, Bone Shaker and Oh Comely, has turned his hand to animation for the first time.

Jacob created this madness-themed looping animation for Fuochi Fatui Festival, Italy (4th-6th September 2014). It will be projected directly onto the castle walls in the park of the Castello di Albino, Feltre.

Leonard Peng: Simpsons Zine

Leonard Peng recently contributed a wonderfully stylised 'Simpsons' tribute 'zine, titled 'Eat My Shorts', for the STACKS exhibition at The Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis.

STACKS invited 60+ contributing artists from around the world to commemorate and revisit the cultural highlights, memories, icons and events from the years 1984-2014 in a show of limited edition 'zines.

Leonard's 'zine pays homage to some of the most memorable and iconic Simpsons moments, rendered in his own inimitable style. With scenes like Homer getting stuck in a waterslide, Bart's "MOTH.." tattoo, and Mr. Burns being mistaken for an alien, it's no wonder 'The Simpsons' has remained Leonard's favourite show since he was six years old!

Eat My Shorts 'Zine - Year 1989
Paperback: 8 pages, 5.5"x8.5"in
Materials: Laser printed on photocopy paper.
Price: $3.00

Marisabel Fernandez & Alexander Bernard: Listen

Ringling College of Art and Design graduates Marisabel Fernandez & Alexander Bernard animated this inspired interpretation of child's struggle with Autism.

"Autism is the one of the highest growing serious developmental disabilities today. Our wish with this piece is to give a glimpse into the lives of children living with Autism and, in any way we can, to inspire positive change through a deeper tolerance and understanding."

Kijek/Adamski: Curtain University

Polish animation duo Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamsk have revisited their brightly coloured reverse strata-cut style of animation, pioneered in their Shugo Tokumaru music video, in this spot for Curtain University.

Also check out the making of video for a fascinating insight into the process.

Masanobu Hiraoka: In The Sea And Near A Girl

Japanese animator and director Masanobu Hiraoka has appeared several times on the Animated Review with his signature style of hypnotically fluid animation.

This new piece, titled 'In The Sea And Near A Girl', is his second collaboration with Spanish composer Aimar Molero.

Matt Rockefeller: Pokémon Zine

Matt Rockefeller recently contributed a densely illustrated 'Pokémon' tribute 'zine, titled 'The Poké Life', for the STACKS exhibition at The Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis.

STACKS invited 60+ contributing artists from around the world to commemorate and revisit the cultural highlights, memories, icons and events from the years 1984-2014 in a show of limited edition 'zines.

Matt's 'zine recollects the year Pokémon took the world by storm... The game captured the imagination of millions, and Matt was clearly swept-up in it's adorable and addictive appeal. The cover alone features all 151 original Pokémon illustrated from memory, whilst the internal spreads, gorgeously rendered in red and blue (another nod to the original Pokémon video games), depict real-world environments in which even the people and objects appear to take on the likeness of these charming creatures. Hidden within the illustrations are 95 Pokémon to spot... challenge yourself to find 'em all!

The Poké Life 'Zine - Year 1996
Paperback: 12 pages, 8"x5.25"in
Materials: Laser printed, cardstock cover.
Price: $8.00

Khylin Woodrow: Adult Swim

Another ident bump for Adult Swim...

This sexy, selfie snapping, sunseeker by Khylin Woodrow is a superlative piece of slick animation!

CRCR: Adult Swim

Following on from the Adult Swim ident by David O'Reilly, comes this pair of wacky idents from French animation studio CRCR...

Vanessa Port: Adventure Time Zine

Vanessa Port recently contributed an 'Adventure Time' tribute 'zine, titled 'I'm Not A Knight, I'm A Boy', for the STACKS exhibition at The Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis.

STACKS invited 60+ contributing artists from around the world to commemorate and revisit the cultural highlights, memories, icons and events from the years 1984-2014 in a show of limited edition 'zines.

Vanessa's 'zine commemorates her transition from a highschool graduate to a college freshman in 2010. She struggled with holding onto her childhood whilst also trying to mature, then 'Adventure Time' came along! The show tapped into her nostalgia, whilst the humour appealed to the older person she'd become... It helped her connect with others that felt the same way.

The wonderful and brightly coloured illustrations, paired with quotes from the show, depict a spectrum of 'Adventure Time' characters:

Red - Princess Bubblegum & Marceline
Orange - Flame Princess
Yellow - Finn & Jake
Green - Tree Trunks
Blue - Ice King & Gunter
Indigo - Lumpy Space Princess
Violet - Lady Rainicorn

I'm Not A Knight. I'm A Boy 'Zine - Year 2010
Paperback: 14 pages, 5.5"x8.5"in
Materials: Digital illustrations on textured linen paper.
Additional Info: Signed edition of 75
Price: $3.00