Akira-Meets-The-Simpsons Gets a Full Cast. It Might Surprise You.

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When I look at iconic manga and anime Akira, I don't immediately think of Bart Simpson and Milhouse. Cartoonist James Harvey does.

Harvey is spearheading the "Bartkira" project. It's a group project that consists of over three hundred artists, all working in their own styles. Below you can see the cast of characters:

As noted by sister site io9, this was inspired by Ryan Humphrey's Bartkira art (top). The Bartkira project, however, recasts Bart as Kaneda and Ralph Wiggum as the titular character, Akira.

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As 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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This is a "free-wheeling" project, but eventually, the goal seems to be completing all six volumes (over 2,000 pages!) of the Akira manga.

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Ian__Brooks
Ian Brooks

You know, a few days ago when I posted a compilation of Ryan's Bartkira images, I thought it was a cool idea but was more impressed with Ryan's illustrative style, it really lended itself nicely to a more organic pencils (and ink) on paper style of manga. I kind of get the impression that his original idea has been hijacked a bit (in fact, Ryan mentioned on his blog to being a little bit uncomfortable with how fast it was all moving now and it being out of is hands) and will lose its appeal quickly. I could be wrong, and I'm more than happy to admit I was wrong when awesome artwork comes out of this (and I'm sure it will produce some), but nonetheless I hope Ryan gets full credit for this project and perhaps a little more input.