Bartkira Animated Trailer

"In the days of old, deep in the dredges of the "Do the Bartman" VHS, there was a trailer...

In partnership with Chicken Tonight, Butterfinger, and CC Lemon, the early 90s execs of Fox and Toho made an animated short. An attempt to appeal to American consumers without having to spend a lot of money. Until a changing of the guard decided the kids needed more Poochie and it was lost...until today."

The 'Bartkira' trailer is an animated parody mash-up of 'The Simpsons' and 'Akira' based on an idea conceived by Ryan Humphrey. The original 'Bartkira' comic can still be purchased in Ryan's online store. The concept has since been expanded upon, with James Harvey curating the contributions of 100's of artist to recreate the 'Akira' graphic novel in full!

In association with the comic, producer Kaitlin Sullivan pitched the idea of an accompanying animated trailer. Collaborating with over fifty animation artists finally resulted in the spectacular 'Bartkira' trailer you see below.


Small Spells: Bart Simpson Apparel



Rachel Howe (aka Small Spells) creates gorgeous contemporary ceramics, offers tarot readings and produces an excellent line of bootleg Simpson apparel from her apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The 'Bart Rose' T-shirt ($40.00), 'Bart Smoking Snoopy' tote ($25.00) and '2 Possessed 2 B Stressed' sweatshirt ($60.00) are all available via the Small Spells online store now!



The Line: Amaro and Walden's Joyride

London-based animation studio The Line recently unveiled their latest and greatest self-initiated project 'Amaro And Walden's Joyride,' directed by Tim McCourt and Max Taylor.

"Amaro & Walden are the best of friends but couldn't care less about each other's safety. Follow them burning around town acting like they’re top dons in a music video." - The Line

Undoubtedly inspired by the virtual band Gorillaz and the four animated characters created by Jamie Hewlett, Amaro and Walden draw many visual and characteristic parallels. The protagonists are similarly composited into the real-world footage, striking the right balance between believably sitting in their live environments whilst equally celebrating their hand-drawn aesthetic. Also, their antisocial lads-on-tour attitude, as they race around blasting out grimey drum 'n' bass and harassing the entirely of London (including pissing off Suggs,) rings true to the Gorillaz chaotic lifestyle.

Regardless of any similarities 'Amaro and Walden's Joyride' is a truly amazing piece of animation from one of our favourite independent studios, and hopefully not the last we've seen of this anarchic duo!


Nicolas Ménard: Loop Ring Chop Drink

Watch Nicolas Ménard's phenomenal 2014 RCA graduation film 'Loop Ring Chop Drink.'

"The mundane story of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building."


Ave Espelita: CGI Samurai Jack

Ave Espelita (aka Avemagnadude) single-handedly animated this incredible CG tribute to Genndy Tartakovsky’s 'Samurai Jack.'

Espelite created all the visuals over the course of four months using the open source GC software Blender. It's undeniably impressive for an individual and arguably more enjoyable than, the now shelved, Genndy-helmed 'Popeye' teaser revealed last year. Just imagine what a CG studio like Sony Pictures Animation, filled with hundreds of artists, could achieve with 'Samurai Jack.'

METISMATIC - Shapes

Gustavo Almenara animated this music video for jazz quartet METISMATIC and their new track 'Shapes.' The track is taken from their latest album titled 'Bad Safari,' which can be listen to on Soundcloud here: METISMATIC & Guests - Bad Safari

The video sees the band's musicians strum, pluck and beat abstract, amorphous and colourful shapes, which synergetically transform in perfect synchronisation with the improvised "global jazz" performance.


Drenge - I Want To Break You In Half

Parisian animation collective CRCR have directed this, mostly live-action, music video set in a typically boisterous English boozer. Aptly created to accompany the raucous music of Drenge, and their track 'I Want To Break You In Half,' the reverse narrative video starts as the dust settles and then ingeniously plays out to reveal the pretext of the bar brawl.

In brief flashes of animation CRCR strip back layers of flesh to reveal the impact of rib-shattering, skull-cracking, bone-snapping blows.


SHAKASTICS x Ken Kagami



California-based custom skateboard builders SHAKASTICS have teamed-up with Japanese artist Ken Kagami and his fantastically irreverent illustration work. The chosen graphic is a shameless doodle of Bart Simpson with the profile of a skateboard forming his eyes.

The SHAKASTICS x Ken Kagami collaboration includes four deck variants (90's Football Shape 8.5" and Popsicle Shape available in 8.25", 8.38" and 8.5".) A T-shirt available in three colour variants, and a very limited 6 panel cap made in conjunction with The Hatsmith. The limited nature of SHAKASTICS releases means many of these items have already sold out! Grab what you want via their online store whilst you still can.

Also check out the excellent 'Bartworks' zine published as a co-production between Kagami, Swiss publishing house Nieves and Hungarian art publisher Innen.






John Jones Studio: Tribute

Baptiste Humler of the John Jones Studio animated this marvelous tribute to his favourite super heroes. Bruce Banner's muscle popping transformation into The Hulk is especially pleasing.


Yawen Zheng: Every Star

Yawen Zheng's 2014 short 'Every Star', a first year animation created at USC - School of Cinematic Arts, is finally online for us to enjoy in all its charmingly sweet magnificence.

A mysterious boy from nature collects stars from the nights sky and sends them to every city child, who are unable to see the stars through light pollution and smog.

"In everyone’s heart, there lives a little boy and his star."


Judie So: Hidden Pirate Island Zine



Judie So aka WOLVES&OWLS is a Sydney-based freelance illustrator with a focus on creating predominantly monochromatic artworks showcasing her delicately intricate line work and characters with a sense of nostalgia & curiosity.

As part of an ongoing personal project the SMPSNS collects a series of Simpsons inspired illustrations featuring obscure characters, memorable quotes, ink brush writing and a tattoo flash aesthetic. As an outlet for these drawings Judie has published the 'Hidden Pirate Island' zine, a reference to a quote from season 11 episode 'The Mansion Family', compiling a selection of the best.

Limited stock of 'Hidden Pirate Island' is still available to buy via Judie So's online store, priced $10.00





Kool A.D. - Hickory

Youth Experimental Studio (YES) a multidisciplinary graphic design studio based in Lima, Perú are behind this superbly animated music video for the track 'Hickory' by Kool A.D. The rotoscoped video, animated and edited by Muriel Holguín, features colourful and painterly illustrations from herself alongside Paulo Novoa and Delphine Lejeune.

The track, featuring Talib Kweli & Boots Riley, is taken from the new Kool A.D. album 'Word O.K.'


Sundeep Toor: Soft Disney Jelly

Sundeep Toor has animated an abstract series of amorphous Disney characters from classic icons to the more obscure. The short contains just shy of 70 distinguishable characters... can you name them all!?

Visit here for an accompanying GIF gallery and a list revealing the whole line-up in order of appearance.


The Man And The Mouse: Pixel Mickey Pin



The Man And The Mouse created their 'Pixel Mickey' image, inspired by our two favorite things while growing up - playing video games on the original Nintendo (NES) and going to Disney World, back in early 2014. Their vinyl stickers were left lying around The Walt Disney World Resort to be discovered by lucky park guests. Since then their work has organically grown to encompass a variety of graphic styles all with a Disneyfied slant.

To celebrated where it all began, The Man And The Mouse have released a limited edition 1" 'Pixel Mickey' lapel pin. The pin is available now via The Man And The Mouse online store, priced just $9.00!

Simon Landrein: Spead Magazine

Simon Landrein animated this pair of ass-slappingly good teaser for the launch of Spread Magazine, a brand new quarterly publication focusing on original and curated visual work from the worlds of Art, Music & Photography.