Inspired by the art of Ryan Humphrey, cartoonist James Harvey began his crowd-sourced “Bartkira” project in 2013. Over 500 artists have contributed artwork in their own style with the central theme being The Simpsons meets Akira. The main cast consists of Bart as Kaneda, Milhouse is Tetsuo, and Ralph Wiggum as Akira.
On his tumblr page, Harvey explains:
“Some aspects of the cast list might be surprising, but I’m confident that you’ll see the logic and consideration that went into the choices I ended up making when you read the book. Believe me, I went through nearly every reasonable combination of characters and this roster works the best, in terms of character motivation and interaction.”
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At first I thought this mash-up couldn’t be done, it just sounded too ridiculous. But looking through the massive amount of artwork submitted on the Bartkira tumblr page, I am just amazed.
“Both pieces depict a world of children at war with adults… Both Bart and Kaneda were avatars for [an] aggressive brand of anti-establishmentarianism—The Simpsons lampooned society with barbed wit while Kaneda’s gang literally smashed it with hammers. Both pieces, then, were a massive moment of catharsis for the cultures they sprang out of.”
Take a look of some of the pages form the first three volumes of Batrkira as it compares to the original Akira manga.
Bartkira has held exhibits in the U.S. and U.K., and this weekend will be making its first trip to Japan at Toyko’s Gallery Hakusen. And submissions are currently underway for re-creating an animated trailer.
Since Bartkira is an official fan collaboration a fan based, non-profit project, they claim no relation to the existing properties of either The Simpsons or Akira and it’s “just for fun.”
Whether you are a fan of one or the other, their worlds are so different and so wonderfully combined that this project is truly a masterpiece in progress.