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‘Real Artists’ Is Like ‘Portlandia’, But With Weird Cartoon Heads

Ashton Kutcher-led Katalyst Media has helped incubate fledgling web series in the past, so it's no surprise that the company's Thrash Lab channel (part of the YouTube Original Channels Initiative) followed suit with its Dream Bigger series, a reality series that followed six content creators as they vied to have their shows hosted by Thrash Lab. The entrants were all strong, but YouTube commenters and the Thrash Lab team agreed that Real Artists, a semi-animated series by Tim Bierbaum, was among the best. That's why Real Artists was one of the three pilot chosen to develop into a full series on the Thrash Lab channel. The first episode of Real Artists arrived recently, and it's like nothing you've ever seen. The conceit of the show is similar to the IFC Channel's Portlandia, except instead of following hipsters around Portland in a series of short vignettes, we're following hipsters around

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