ARG! studio news

ARG! founder, producer and director Artie Romero has recently helped us win numerous awards and honors. His director's cut of Turtle Taido in Osun and Kogi States has received the most praise, while How Cartoons Are Made, Pedro at the Rainbow Bridge featuring commentary by Morgan Freeman, Lear's Nonsense and The American Heart Association's Hands Only CPR Hip Hop have also garnered multiple laurels. Props to all the ARG-onauts who worked very hard to make these animated films successful!

Big news: Our 23-year-old domain has been replaced by the new, up and coming! The domain name was sold in November, 2018 to Ryan Horrigan and Armando Kirwin's VR movie startup Artie, Inc. Check back here often as we add hundreds of exciting new pages to this already happy site. Please change your ARG! bookmarks, links and favorites to Can't find something on our site? Check this sitemap. We've eliminated the subdomains such as that we used on our old site. Here are links to that content: The Artie Show, ARG! ecards, Flash cartoons, ARG! animation shop and Abnormal Toons.

Sheree' Morris cartoon show Monkey & Cat is almost finished! We're super excited about animating Sheree's funny, engaging stories. Almost a year in production, series 1 "Everybody Wants Milk" is nearly complete, and a teaser trailer is in the works. Pre-production on the second series has begun, another great story. Come back soon or follow us on Twitter for updates!

Our fearless leader Artie Romero is teaching Character Animation classes at Indian Capital Technology Center in Stilwell Oklahoma. The class sizes are small with no more than ten students. The focus of instruction is animating characters for TV in drawn animation with OpenToonz and 3D (CG) utilizing Autodesk Maya.

The ARG! studio is producing a half-hour TV special, an "all ARG!" episode of the syndicated independent film showcase Sprockets & Splices. It will be hosted by our signature character Artie Stick with the Splice Girls, and broadcast on independent stations in over 100 U.S. cities and on Roku TV. As of this writing, we are adding a new seven minute Artie Stick cartoon to the show, Artie Stick in "Mad Scientist Plot," a science fiction spoof based on Artie Romero's 1977 comic book story from Realm #7. Special thanks to producer Joel Stephens for this opportunity!

Artie Stick Sprockets and Splices TV deal

As of August, 2017, the studio moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it was founded in 1973, to beautiful Stilwell, Oklahoma. Some of our contact information has changed. Our new studio has updated facilities and systems to better serve our clients, increase quality and efficiency, reduce overhead costs and make more assignments available for our growing staff.

Congratulations to ARG! director Matt Rebel for winning a Gold Award from International Independent Film Awards for How Cartoons Are Made. Also, our studio's new animated short Lear's Nonsense starring Ron Hayden was just named an official selection by Blissfest333, and actor Morgan Freeman contributed commentary for our production of Pedro at the Rainbow Bridge. Thanks to all our hard-working team members for turning in such splendid performances!

Our studio has been buzzing with activity, producing up to 14 films at a time, including TV cartoon episodes, Maya animations for software products, TV commercials for global ad agencies, 4K web videos for businesses and fun, engaging explainer videos. We stay busy with pre-production work and animation for movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos, web, software and more, serving over 700 clients worldwide.

ARG! clients include HP, Prudential, Kaiser Permanente, Duracell, Transamerica, PBS, American Heart Association, Safeco Insurance and Red Bull. See our screen credits and awards. Most of our clients are small businesses.

ARG! productions are full 4K resolution, and more animators and artists are joining ARG! If you are an animation student or graduate and want to get studio experience and IMDb screen credits, why not apply for an internship? A virtual intership means you won't have to relocate. We've helped close to 200 talented artists get their start in this industry.

Adventures of Turtle Taido
Adventures of Turtle Taido

Since 2015, ARG! has produced all the storyboards, backgrounds and animation for Adventures of Turtle Taido, a cartoon series created by Muyiwa Kayode and produced with support from the Federal Government of Nigeria. It's broadcast on Nigerian Television Authority stations and several other large African TV networks. Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the world, and NTA is the biggest TV network in Africa. The series won Best Animation at Abuja International Film Festival, and ARG! just finished work on season 2, in distribution to 53 African countries.

ARG! founder Artie Romero just completed a wide screen, 4K (UHD) director's cut of Turtle Taido in Osun and Kogi States, an episode from the second season of Adventures of Turtle Taido, adding new animation, backgrounds and sound effects. The 12-minute film has been screened at several film festivals and won the Diamond Award at International Independent Film Festival, plus awards and nominations at other festivals.

Animation Day at Cannes in 2016 included a screening of Adventures of Turtle Taido. Congratulations to series creator Muyiwa Kayode and all the talented artists, actors, musicians and technicians responsible for this breakthrough cartoon series. And thank you, ARG! crew members for all of your hard work and creativity.


Realm 8: The best of Everyman Comics was recently released by Bob Conway's Phantasy Press. It's a standard-size comic book, 36 pages on book paper with gorgeous Rick Berry covers. Artists and writers include ARG! founder Artie Romero (inside cover, 5 page comic), Darrel Anderson, Bob Conway, Hunt Emerson (9 pages), George Erling, William Kirk Kennedy and Al Sirois. Get your copy now from the ARG! shop.

Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Tickler app

The ARG! studio created all the coolest animation sequences in the Spongebob Squarepants Tickler app for MTV Networks' Nickelodeon, and you can grab it now from Google Play. It was fantastic to create original animations of Spongebob, who has 54 million fans on Facebook.

ARG! Kartoon Kollection

ARG! created a GIF collection that includes tens of thousands of ARG! images and animations, so get your copy now. Selecting prime clips from our archive of original GIF cartoons, graphics and animations, Ricky and Tim Romero helped compile the ARG! Kartoon Kollection which includes 57,000 GIFs. Pick one CD or grab all 8 in a handsome vinyl portfolio for only a fraction of a cent per cartoon. These great cartoons and graphics come with a commercial license for your website, videos and emails, and downloads are now very affordable!

Here are some recent ARG! website additions and changes:

Animated GIFsARG! YouTube channelAbnormal ToonsHow to animateAnimation ServicesThe Artie ShowE-cardsClickMediaJohnny MnemonicARG! Online StoreEveryman ComicsDancing Cartoon AlphabetLinksNew!Home

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