Bartkira is coming to Gosh! to celebrate the online launch of Volume 2.
For the uninitiated, Barkira is the mash-up of cultural icons Akira and The Simpsons with the end goal to have each page of Katsuhiro Otomo’s apocalyptic masterpiece redrawn, swapping out the existing characters with those from Matt Groening’s The Simpsons. But where does an idea like this burst from? The editor and driving force behind the project, James Harvey, said in an interview with Vice, “The first guy to do a Bartkira drawing was Ryan Humphrey, a UK artist. He redrew these pages that showed the moment Akira destroys Neo-Tokyo, but redrawing Akira as Bart and the Colonel as Homer.” He describes the project as a gateway for newcomers and creators alike to produce a large scale work of art.
As well as celebrating the online launch of the completed second volume, Gosh! will be hosting a Bartkira Volume 2 Exhibition. The first volume is already available to read online for free at bartkira.com and while there are currently no plans to print the work (it infringes on TWO major copyrights after all) the project will be followed through to completion – all six volumes re-drawn by artists from around the world.
James is joining us between 2-3pm on the day to sign copies of his new book with Image, Masterplasty. The party and exhibition start at 7pm on October 4th. The beer and donuts will be bountiful so come be merry and help us celebrate.