One of KHLOARIS’s principals programmed three years of an animation and underground comix-related film festival in collaboration with the great Comics Art Brooklyn. While the beginning of these fests pre-dated the creation of KHLOARIS, KHLOARIS’s other founder jumped in with some animated interstitials and other assistance as time went on. Most of the screenings took place at the Brooklyn movie studios the KHLOARIS founder ran at the time, but some screenings took place at the Superchief Gallery in NYC, and both KHLOARIS founders tabled at the Comic Arts Brooklyn event (with our friend and guest Mike Diana) to promote the event.

Some of the notable guest curators, speakers, artists and animators we worked with for the series included Mike Diana, Frank Henenlotter, Dame Darcy, Cartuna, Animation Nights New York, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festvial, Matthew Thurber, Lisa Hammer, Zev Deans and H.R. Giger.

While Color Giants has been dormant for a bit, we may bring it back one of these days.

The original press release for the first year of the event is below:

In Association with Comic Arts Brooklyn

Programmed by Kenneth Filmer

At Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St., Back Alley (entrance through the garden at Terra Firma) Food and drinks will be available at Terra Firma.
November 6th, 2016

FREE – 6pm/Sundown – Seating will be available for approximately 220, first-come, first-served. An indoor location will be available in the event of inclement weather.
Co-Presenting Sponsors: Cartuna, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and Animation Nights New York

BROOKLYN, NY – Color Giants: Brooklyn Animation Expo 2016 on November 6th, 2016, at 6pm is multi-arts and film complex Brooklyn Fire Proof’s first collaborative screening event with Desert Island’s annual Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Brooklyn Fire Proof film programmer Kenneth Filmer says of the event “I’m a massive fan of Desert Island books, and owner Gabe Fowler was familiar with some of my past screening events and offered me the opportunity to program the film portion of his annual festival, and I said yes immediately.” The program brings in co-presenters Cartuna, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and Animation Nights New York to create a neat cross-section of recent works by local and international film animation artists and runs through an amazing gamut of styles, techniques, and formats. Brooklyn Fire Proof’s on-site restaurant and bar, Terra Firma, will be open serving food and drinks. Admission is free, but seats are limited. (Please note that most of the programming is for adults only.)

6:00pm – “International Showcase of Animated Films,” 2015, 68 Minutes

Animation Nights New York (ANNY) is a curated, free admission monthly animation screening and networking event held in the South Street Seaport of NYC. This is an encore presentation of their 2015 worldwide showcase, curated by ANNY founder Yvonne Grzenkowicz. It includes films by Stephanie Blakely, Mehdi Alibeygi, Nelson Fernandes, Liu Yanchi, Serafirma Serafimova, Ana Norambuena, Csi Nos, Nassos Vakalis, Joanna Quinn, Dhaneesh Jameson Kooliyath, Stewart Powers, Germán Velasco, Slippard Krongraksa, Dina Velikovskaya, LO SiJia, and Kyriaki Kyriakou & Remus Buznea.

7:30pm – “Dirty Morning Cartoons,” 2016, 60 minutes

Sear your eyes on this selection of fun- time indie cartoons that will surely make your inner-child recess deep into your psyche and wither away. Featuring original shorts from Justin Roiland, Sick Animation, Leah Shore, Nick DenBoer, Felix Colgrave, Jeanette Bonds, Jaime R., Ian Miller, Sean Glaze, Cool 3D World, Signe Baumane, Lena Greene, Rob Yulfo, Sven Stoffels, Preston Spurlock, Joey Altadonna, and Pat Kain plus illustrations by Killer Acid, Wizard Skull, and MAXX. Presented by Cartuna, a new digital media brand focused on animated comedy for adults. Only adults will be admitted to this program.

8:45pm – “Graphic Content” 2016, 57 minutes.

A collection of would-be-R-rated animated short films presented by the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, put together especially for “Color Giants.” 2016 is the first year of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and their inaugural event received major accolades from the press. This brand-new program includes shorts by Kevin McTurk, James Cunningham, Zachary Schneer & Matt Choi, Owen Rixon, Kyle Greenburg, Tyler Rice, and Jason Petrovitch.

10:15pmSeoul Station, 2016, 92 minutes, South Korea

Yeon Sang-ho’s animated prequel to his live-action zombie film Train to Busan premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Film Festival, is currently doing the festival circuit and will be released in 2017. Hollywood Reporter describes the film as “a simple, thrilling ride through a fiend-infested world” with “a narrative in perpetual, gripping motion.”

Every year the popular Brooklyn comic store and publisher Desert Island hosts the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival, with an extensive exhibitor lineup of local and international artists, working in a range of styles from experimental comics to children’s books, underground illustration to graphic art. This year’s event showcases the work of artists like Dame Darcy, Drew Friedman, Richard McGuire, and Charles Burns, all of whom will sign books and sell rare material for fans at the main event on November 5th. Please see for additional details.

Brooklyn Fire Proof is a multi-arts complex in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It encompasses full-service film and television studios, artists’ workspaces, art management, and art galleries. Since its founding in 1999 by Thomas Burr Dodd, they’ve worked with a dizzying array of filmmakers, artists, musicians, and other creatives from all over the world. Brooklyn Fire Proof’s Summer Screening Series – also programmed and hosted by Kenneth Filmer – brought in a number of interesting collaborators and co-hosts from the art and film worlds, including Marcel Dzama, PFFR’s John Lee, and Nick Zedd. The series was listed in Brooklyn Magazine’s top 25 summer film events and was an Artnet editor’s pick.

Original press from the event:

A contemporaneous piece about the event at Comics Beat.

Bushwick Daily named the event an editor’s pick that weekend.

A field report of that year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn with a mention of our event at Comic Workbook.

A photo diary of Comics Art Brooklyn 2016 in Publisher’s Weekly.

The fantastic poster for the main event that year by Dame Darcy.