Bartkira Reimagines Akira with Simpsons Characters

Image by Inkthinker

Image by Inkthinker

"Bartkira" is a group animation project started by cartoonist James Harvey and illustrator Ryan Humphrey, where characters from the Katsuhiro Otomo's acclaimed post-apocalyptic manga Akira are replaced with Simpsons characters. The project, which was started back in 2013 by Humphrey, became something bigger when Harvey expanded the project to invite other artists to contribute their Simpsons-Akira mash-up drawings for a six-volume book to faithfully recreate the 2,146-page manga. The Bartkira project has grown to include more than 300 artists who've contributed works in a variety of styles for the project, and last November, a group called Bartkira – The Animated Trailer, was formed for animators to get in on the action by Bart-ifying the original Akira movie trailer.

An animated gif by Bartkira originator Ryan Humphrey

An animated gif by Bartkira originator Ryan Humphrey


Humphrey originally cast Ralph Wiggum as the titular character, Akira

Humphrey originally cast Ralph Wiggum as the titular character, Akira

Bartkira – The Animated Trailer is spearheaded by animation/comic colorist and producer Kate Sullivan, who was also behind the Moon Animate Make-Up project. The finished Bartkira trailer was meant to be shown at the "Bartkira Tokyo" show, an exhibition that opened this past weekend at Gallery Hakusen celebrating the artwork of Bartkira and the release of Bartkira Volume 3. Unfortunately, the trailer didn't quite get finished in time. Sullivan updated the Tumblr to say that the trailer will hopefully make its debut at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, taking place March 27-29.

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More images by Inkthinker

Until then, enjoy these stills and gifs!

Animation by Stephen Loveluck

Animation by Stephen Loveluck

Animation by James Shark

Animation by James Shark

Animation by Julieta Draws

Animation by Julieta Draws


h/t: Kotaku; i09