#Bartkira x @MonkeysvsRobots - a tale of two journeys! (Note! There be Spoilers!)

26 panels in 7 days = A wall of Bartkira

A little while back artist Ryan Humphrey (@Ryan_Humphrey) created an inventive mash-up of Akira and the Simpsons! (Jeez! Geeks will mash any and everything together! J) Those pieces can be found here and are definitely inspiring because Comic book Artist and Designer James Harvey (@jamesharveytm)took the original idea and ran with it! Expanding it into the monster I signed up too. 

Bartkira – a complete remake of Akira with all the characters exchanged to be Simpsons characters. 

Here’s the brief!

“A comics event where every participant takes five pages from the original AKIRA manga, to collectively redraw the entirety of Akira, in our own styles, with characters from The Simpsons.

I saw Ryan Humphrey’s incredible Bartkira piece and realised ‘ok, this needs to be a whole book’. So I took this idea to him, he gave it the go-ahead. Milhouse is Kaneda. Lisa is Kei. Bart is Tetsuo. [sic]

I figured it all out. If you’re down, email the address below. In a few days, I’ll send you the cast list (which character from the Simpsons is which Akira character, though the minor characters will be left up to you) and I’ll tell you which 5 pages you’ll be working on. You can request a particular page, but it’s first come, first served.”

I was happy to see I wasn’t the only lunatic in town, because in no time 468 artists signing on for the task!

Checking out the #Bartkira hashtag on Tumblr reveals a group of artists from every quarter and level of skill. Something that was an instant confidence boost, I would be surrounded by other artists simply attempting to do their best to make the project happen. 

I’m guessing many of the artists joined the Bartkira project out of love of both or either source materials. And as James’ brief suggested the project would be fun and good exercise to attempt to merge them together, either faithfully or with a personal spin.

But I had other motives. I have been a massively lapsed artist, locked away from the thing I love. For years I haven’t been mentally able to put pen and pencil to paper. Bu with help I’ve recently been able to unlock some of those mental blocks and have started drawing again. To say its been therapeutic would be a massive understatement!


The reason for doing this project was two fold: Firstly, I’ve always wanted to be involved in making a comic since I was a kid. Creating and drawing a whole one, is currently beyond me, but surly 5 pages isn’t!? Secondly, through working on this project I wanted to test my ability to create a large batch of work to a deadline and keep a consistent style across that work.


So why did I think drawing 26 panels on individual A3 sheets was a good idea? Pfft! I have no idea! It was probably alcohol related! J  So it worked out to be 26 panels in 7 days! No surprise that I also delivered it late then! 

Ridiculously long blog-story short: Through attempting this project I’ve ticked quite a few boxes and put to rest a number of ghosts! Ultimately its simply just another step on my road to recovery, but also a step that allowed me to rediscovered my passion for drawing comics. I also now have 26 pieces of art to turn into prints, t-shirts and other stuff! 

Thanks to Ryan Humphrey and James Harvey for creating this project and the 468+ other artists who contributed, because when this project comes together, its gonna be an EPIC read!

*Also here’s hoping Katsuhiro Otomo-san and Matt Groening get involved!


#Currentlyenjoying “Arms&Crafts” The work of Catalan sculptor Roger Krasznai (@KrasznaiSt) of Krasznai Ceramics #ff

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting sculptor Roger Krasznai. He specialises in ceramics and works out of his studio/workshop, Krasznai Ceramics in Badalona, just north of Barcelona (He’s a lucky lucky man!!).

He was exhibiting at Top Drawer London and I had time to talk about all manner of art, design and ceramic-based subjects. Those chats showed how much his character and humour came through in his work. It felt like he had a drive to make people appreciate handmade ceramic objects and believed ceramics was a captivating form of creativity, with potential to unleash amazing things.

All his works are handmade and/or slipcasted ceramics. When questioned about his work, he repeated the idea of their ‘behaviour’ coming through in the pieces. Each one of them is a little bit different from the others, giving them a human feel.

The piece above is from his collection “Arms&Crafts”, which I happily own (winning!!). The inspiration came to him when he found a discarded doll’s arm on a beach, and you can clearly see the “behaviour” coming through with this ‘milk carton’, giving a damn good impression of being surprised. This creates a funny interaction between the object and the observer.

Below are couple more pieces, which I sadly don’t own.

Check out his latest collection on his site:

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MAKE GOOD ART by Neil Gaiman - Maybe one of the most creatively inspiring words you’ll hear ever or at least today!

If you are in any sort of artistic or creative field, or you aspire to be, you absolutely need to watch this!

Obviously you to NEED to watch the video, but thought I’d highlight some of his thoughts and comments that resonated with me the most.

There’s no need to introduce Neil Gaiman, you know who he is, and about the most amazing worlds he creates, (and if you don’t know, you need to get to know!) but in May he did something even more important, he gave back. Cause he’s a very nice man.

During an address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012, he not only explained what it was to be and live as a creative, and provided solid and invaluable advice for artists or any kind of creative, to be used at any stage in their life and career — but particularly when starting out - he also inspired, explaining how all that was needed was the desire to create to get you to your goals and achieve your dreams. These are my top 10 thoughts:

Don’t put so much weight into training. Neil never went to Uni!

If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that

Approach your creativity with joy, or else it becomes work. (I’m trying!)

Enjoy your work and your small victories; don’t get swept up into the next thing before being fully present with the joys of this one.

Embrace the fear of failure. Make peace with the Impostor Syndrome and the Fraud Police when it comes with success. Don’t be afraid of being wrong. (I’ll try to remember this when it hopefully happens)

The problems of failure are hard. – “The problems of failure are problems of discouragement, of hopelessness, of hunger. You want everything to happen and you want it now, and things go wrong”.

“The problems of success can be harder, because nobody warns you about them”

“Make your art, tell your story, find your voice — even if you begin by copying others. - The urge, starting out, is to copy. And that’s not a bad thing. Most of us only find our own voices after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people. But the one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can”.

“Make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here”.

Make good art”.

“Make good art.

I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.

Make it on the good days too.”

Thanks Neil!

The full keynote text can be found here

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[Banksy] B-Movie: (short/interview) about Banksy #Banksy #Streetart #graffiti #MonkeyBlogage

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This ones a far more informative movie that Exit through the Gift shop with interviews with collectors, admirers, haters and the man himself, which help give more information on the graffiti-writer turn street. Including elements of early graffiti and insight of why he made the jump. Overall the whole thing still feels like an advert for Exit….It even has Dennis Hopper (RIP) making a Cameo. Still enjoyed it though!!