VIDEO: “Apocalypse” by DeAnne Smith Will Rip Out Your Heart, Brains, Entrails

Sweet Lesbian Jesus, I didn’t think I could love DeAnne Smith more than I already did. Comedienne extraordinaire, esteemed creator of Nerdy Love Song (with kitten interlude), forever in the hearts of all A-Campers, and now chanteuse behind the smash hit song “Apocalypse,” a love song animated with four hands and a sketchbook full of awesome. Y’all, DeAnne Smith has ripped my heart out and now it’s beating in her stupid dumb hands. That’s how much I love this.

God, DeAnne. You just get me.


Song by DeAnne Smith. Mixed by Christopher Fox at Foxhole Studios, Montreal. Animation by Bobby McGlynn & Bec Hill. Filming by Stef Keegan. 


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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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16 Comments

  1. glad you guys like this! 2 things for the record. (is there a record? is THIS the record?!)

    1. i asked bec (the brilliant cartoonist/animator) to make the characters gender neutral but somehow that didn’t happen. i still love it, but i would have loved it a tiny bit more if it wasn’t gendered.

    2. the song grew from the first chorus: “completely terrifying, kinda hilarious, you take my heart, rip it through my chest, and now it’s beating in your stupid dumb hands…and i’m dead.” i added the zombie theme to, you know, give it some silly context and not make myself THE SAPPIEST, MOST RIDICULOUS person in the world. hahahahaha zombies, you know?

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