color giants: brooklyn animation exposition 2017

The second year of Color Giants, featured programs curated by Matthew Thurber, Cartuna and KHLOARIS. This show played a second time at the Superchief Gallery NYC. KHLOARIS tabled at Comic Arts Brooklyn with our frequent collaborator Mike Diana to promote the first screening, and it worked wonderfully. We had a massive turnout. The whole show was excellent.

The original press release for the screening is below.


Free Underground and Experimental Animation Festival
In Association with Comic Arts Brooklyn 2017
At Brooklyn Fire Proof, 102 Ingraham St., Brooklyn, NY, 11237. 6pm-9pm, Free
Programmed by Kenneth Filmer

For the second year, the Brooklyn Fire Proof Screening Series is collaborating with Comic Arts Brooklyn for a free animation festival intended as a continuance of the lauded comic event. This year, three brand new programs – curated by Magic Floot, Cartuna, and KHLOARIS – are being premiered at the screening festival. An amazing array of animators’ work will be on display, from gentle experimental pieces to gonzo nonsense. (Please note that this program is for adults only.)

6pm – “THE COLOSSUS: Guttural, Mellow, Raucous, Tender, Raw”

Curated by KHLOARIS

The mysterious KHLOARIS presents this brief program with a multitude of moods, and a focus on the monstrous, the speculative, the horrific, and the enigmatic. This original program – including the debut of a new piece or two – brings together a group of celebrated underground luminaries to explore the deepest recesses of the human – and inhuman – psyche.

Featuring works by MIKE DIANA, DAME DARCY, JOHN GORAS, NOURI ZANDER, JEN DEUTROM, and others to be announced.

KHLOARIS is a new production and presentation company dedicated to the creation and distribution of unusual content. Their upcoming projects include collaborations with Dylan Greenberg, Josafat Concepcion, Mike Diana, TFG, and many more.

7pm – “Magic Floot 2”

Curated by Matthew Thurber

Grannies still whisper about the Magic Floot to put babies to sleep. Its first appearance in 2014 has become legend, but nobody remembers exactly what dress they wore that evening, or whether their horses got stuck in a swamp or to the side of a glacier. Now it returns and not a moment too late – rippling out of mundane reality like an gauntleted fist clutching a bouquet of Goldenrod! What is FLOOT? A manifestation of the most phantasmagoric, hallucinatory, rare, and brilliant Animations being made today; files ZIPped into rabbit carcasses by a cackling nerd-hag, formed into tinctures, and dribbled before your eyes with exacting precision The Floot’s second manifestation on this plane can only bring Delight, Enchantment and Revelation as to the miracle that is Animated film! Works by CATHY AISON, LILLI CARRÉ, LISA CRAFTS, ANNA FIRTH, BILLY GRANT, JAMES MERCER, RUBBER O CEMENT, SETH SCRIVER, and more.

Matthew Thurber is a cartoonist (1-800-MICE, Art Comic) who curated screenings at Tomato House from 2012 to 2015 (tomatohouse.org). He teaches comics and animation at Queens College and is working on a movie in Catskill, NY.

8pm – “Dirty Morning Cartoons Vol. 2”

Curated by Cartuna

Cartuna is back with another installment of some adults-only toons. The program spans from the weird, to the grotesque, to the downright horrifying. 9 out of 10 out-of-work therapists agree to bring your kids! Rot your simple human mind for a spell on what some rogue degenerate artists have to offer. Featuring work from some of the greatest indie animators from across the globe including SICK ANIMATION, FELIX COLGRAVE, DAVID LEWANDOWSKI, JAIME
R, HAHN BROTHERS, MATT REYNOLDS, BEN MEINHARDT, GEORGIA KRISS, HENRY THURLOW, SCHLONGLORD, and more.

Cartuna is a Brooklyn-based digital media company focused on adult animation. Their debut series, “Dogs In A Park,” premiered on Comcast Watchable. Feature films include the Sundance award winning documentary NUTS! and The Adventures of Drunky. Cartuna is currently in production on 40 different animated series to be released in early 2018.

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KHLOARIS, along with infamous cartoonist Mike Diana will be on hand to discuss the animation event at Comic Arts Brooklyn 2017. Mike Diana will also have a selection of his comics and other artworks available.

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Lead programmer Kenneth Filmer is a filmmaker and stage manager. He has been running the movie studios at Brooklyn Fire Proof for the past six years, where he also created and programs the Brooklyn Fire Proof Screening Series. His film and TV credits range from experimental film to commercial television; he’s produced projects for both transgressive iconoclast Nick Zedd and pop music legend Patti LaBelle.

Brooklyn Fire Proof is a multi-arts complex in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It encompasses full-service film and television studios, artists’ workspaces, 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 Screening Series brought in a number of interesting collaborators and co-hosts from the art and film worlds, including Marcel Dzama, PFFR’s John Lee, and Horror Boobs. The series was listed in Brooklyn Magazine’s top 25 summer film events and was an Artnet editor’s pick.

This program is for adults only, and no children will be admitted. Visit http://www.color-giants.com for more details.


Matthew Thurber’s press release and original art for his Magic Floot 2 program. Please support Matthew’s work at http://www.mrswilliamhorsley.com.

Magic Floot 2
curated by Matthew Thurber

Grannies still whisper about the Magic Floot to put babies to sleep. Its first appearance in 2014 has become legend, but nobody remembers exactly what dress they wore that evening, or whether their horses got stuck in a swamp or to the side of a glacier. Now it returns and not a moment too late… rippling out of mundane reality like an gauntleted fist clutching a bouquet of Goldenrod…! What is FLOOT? a manifestation of the most phantasmagoric, hallucinatory, rare, and brilliant Animations being made today, files ZIPped into rabbit carcasses by a cackling nerd-hag, formed into tinctures, and dribbled before your eyes with exacting precision….the Floot’s second manifestation on this plane can only bring Delight, Enchantment and Revelation as to the miracle that is Animated film!!! Works by CATHY AISON, LILLI CARRÉ, LISA CRAFTS, ERIN DUNN, ANNA FIRTH, BILLY GRANT, ROYA HAROUN, JAMES MERCER, RUBBER O CEMENT, and SETH SCRIVER.

Magic Floot 2 will be screening at 8 PM, Nov. 12 as part of the Color Giants Animation Exposition (Color-giants.com), at Brooklyn Fireproof, located at 102 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn NY.