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Bartkira test 03 by Inkthinker Bartkira test 03 by Inkthinker
I've sent in my application to join the BARTKIRA Roadshow! I gots the bug for this mashup of Katsuhiro Otomo's masterpiece with the longest running sitcom in television history. Hit Download if you want to see this in more detail. It makes a reasonably nice wallpaper.

The Roadshow intends to group-source animate a mock trailer for the film AKIRA, with each of the roles performed by characters plucked from the massive cast of The Simpsons. The crew behind it are some of the same people who put together the crazy-amazing Moon Animate Make-Up! I was sad that I missed out when that happened, but at the same time I must admit I've only got a passing nostalgic fondness for Sailor Moon.

Now AKIRA on the other hand... and The Simpsons?! Oh, I think I can sink my teeth into that.  I don't know if I'm really properly practicing for the style they'll want, submissions only just opened up so it'll probably be a while before they actually expect to animate anything, but I've taken the notes they've posted so far and I'm running with it until I get bored or taken away.

In the original BARTKIRA Project, the various artists had freedom in how they wanted to represent the blending of Simpsons and AKIRA elements, and one of the more interesting results of that were the various ways artists chose to represent Kaneda's iconic motorcycle. Some drew it as Bart's regular bicycle, some drew it as a skateboard with the iconic stickers of Kaneda's bike, and still others put Bart on Kaneda's bike, or designed some sort of hybrid like I have here.

The call for animators says to expect a consistent style however, so I'm betting some of these things will have to be laid out so that everyone is on the same page. I liked a lot of the ways comics artists handled the bike in the pages of BARTKIRA, so I figured I'd do one up of my own. I'm charged by the idea that it's basically AKIRA with the cast of The Simpsons in place of the familiar characters, so I'm leaning all designs heavily towards AKIRA and then flavoring them with Simpsons callouts. I want the bike to first look like a little Bart-sized version of the proper motorcycle, and then on second look for you to see it as a pedal bicycle suitable for a 10-year-old. Like, the kind of bike you would get if you were 10 and could make your imagination into reality.

It'll probably read a lot faster when animated, 'cause his little legs are gonna be pumping like crazy.

Took me forever to think of what to do with the stickers, but I like what I ended up with. Even though it makes absolutely NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, I think I might love the card in the spokes most of all... even though I'm not sure if kids still put playing cards in their bike-spokes to make motorcycle noise.

Anyway, as with most aspects of BARTKIRA, having so many people working on the comic means I can be pretty sure someone beat me to the joke already.

I'd like to give a big shout-out to The Internet and Google Image Search, without which I would never be able to find all the vis ref needed for this. Interestingly enough, I got a couple great books on AKIRA on my shelves, but nothing on The Simpsons. Until this project came to my attention, I'd never tried drawing Simpsons characters before. I'm probably making all sorts of small errors on the model, but I think I'm not too horribly off?

Close enough to animate for the project, I hope. :D

Drawn in Photoshop with my faithful old Cintiq, about 6 hours of having fun when I should probably be responsibly working. I'll have to get back to you on that.

And for clarification, the image of Kaneda behind Bart is a Katsuhiro Otomo original, from the manga. The design specs of his bike in light blue are from the model sheets to the film. I didn't draw either of those, they're included in the composition to invite comparison. I wish I could draw like Otomo. :D
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boxingglovehands Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant concept, I like it....
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kenedy421 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Student Artist
At first when I saw the Buzz Cola sticker I thought is said " Butt " XD
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jweinrub Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great job!
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evangelinos Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Have you ever considered to submit it to threadless, redbubble or teefury? 
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Don't think I can, the project is a distinct non-profit, no-sales entity. As such, anyone selling merchandise related to it would be risking the collapse of the whole thing. I'd potentially ruin the party for everyone.
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evangelinos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Ok! I understand! Man, this is a genius thing! A superb mashup! I'd buy one Tee with this art in a blink! lol Congratulations!!!
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MahouTragicQueen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
This is hilarious. You really thought through all the stickers.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

Yeah, I did. It was half the fun, I think :D
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demondeagonking Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
now that is funny and cool
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LeChaoss Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love that sketches of the motorcycle in the background! 
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Most of those are the original model sheets, which I can't take a bit of credit for. I just wanted to show that Bart's bike matches closely to Kaneda's, aside from being pedal-powered and having BMX handlebars and bicycle tires. :D
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LeChaoss Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, Nice avatar anyway
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BlazeNDC Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
This is so awesome!!
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome :wow:
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NoirZone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Best idea!
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EmoEliKue Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
oh mannnn that is so cool
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ASZSephiroth Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
This is the best badass version of Bart ever!
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nelson-net Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I really like this mash-up concept art (and the rest of it) but I think the name «Bartkira» is misleading. The right mash-up title should be «Lisakira» for obvious reasons. Bart is playing the role of Kaneda (which is perfect for him, a gang leader), he's not playing Akira, who was basically a higher form of life, as Lisa was Buddhist with a conderable environmental and human conscience, it makes sense give that role to her.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heh. I agree with you on the technical level. But "Ralphkira" doesn't read as quickly as a mashup of Simpsons and AKIRA, and for the purposes of an audience quickly recognizing the game at play readability is more important than accuracy. Lisa can't be Akira, because they've been pretty straightforward about not gender-bending the cast, and she can't be Kei because Kaneda and Kei share a romance dynamic that would be creepy with Bart and Lisa.

In the larger comics project, Lisa has been cast as Lady Minako, who appears only VERY briefly in the film, but remember that the original casting and project were manga-centric, not film-centric... certain characters played a much larger role in the comics, and some characters didn't appear in the movie at all (like the titular Akira, who plays a significant role in the manga and only appears in flashback during the film).

In any case, I don't make the casting or set the title, I'm just following the project. I think you got a valid argument, but in this case it will probably be what it is.
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nelson-net Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I haven't read the rules of the contest but yeah, I know there's one, I visited the Tumblr site before post the comment, but I just gave it a glimpse.

I haven't read the manga either, I just watched the movie a couple of times, so I was wondering how important is to stick to the rule of same-gender-characters in the case of Akira (in the movie is not that important the sex of the character, cause as you pointed out, he just appears briefly).
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So far as I can tell, they're holding genders down the line. I think it probably depends on the character, but a few (like Duffman) have appeared in multiple roles.
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nelson-net Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Interesting. That make me want to read the manga (which I almost sure is even better than the classic anime movie).
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jke1974 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Love it!
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Faithfeather Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
xD HAHAHA this is pretty fantastic x3 the pedals and the krusty card are really nice touches
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OcioProduction Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I especially appreciate the game card on wheel!! XDXDXD
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Marvyn1990 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
cool =D
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HelpILostMyEraser Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT
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TeuvoH Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
nice! will you have the bart skull from barts skateboard anywhere?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, good idea! If I get picked up for an actual shot with the bike, I'll try to remember. Thanks!
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PushDEnvelope Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes!!! Bravo, good sir! :clap:
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SplashBrush Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MILHOOOUSE :iconkanedaplz:
BAAAART :icontetsuoplz:
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much this, exactly. :D
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mariodae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
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NicholasWatersArt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so damn awesome....LOL. I am loving it.
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Versipelles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so good, it has overcome my prejudice against anime and my slightly lesser prejudice against The Simpsons.  Simple genius.
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MTCarpenter Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Again, awesome stuff. Love it.
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Margenal Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best concept ever! :D
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