The Spike & Mike Animation Festival will have “Classic” and “Sick and Twisted” screenings on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, at the SciFiCenter in Las Vegas.
Spike & Mike Festival Animation lands in Las Vegas with both their animation worlds; The “Classic” and the “Sick & Twisted.” In animation festival circles, Craig "Spike" Decker and the late Mike Gribble are global animation curators and through the years the festival duo introduced British Wallace & Gromit to U.S. audiences, premiered John Lasseter’s “Tin Toy,” and can be held responsible for pushing “Bevis and Butthead” into pop-culture.
The festival was founded in 1977 when Spike and Mike lived in a three-story Victorian-style home in Riverside, Calif., dubbed Mellow Manor, that had many arty and culturally starved friends drop-in. I lived in Riverside at the time, just out of high school, and saw the creative chaos at the Manor that still lives in spirit through the programming. (I could tell stories but I’m bound to secrecy).
The Sci-Fi Center has the line-up for CLASSIC programming. [Facebook]
Extra: Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation archive comes to UCR (University of California Riverside)
ADD: The Riverside manor itself is for sale. Cost is one dollar but you have to move it yourself.
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.