My friend Eric said we can shout it from the rooftops! By golly, that’s what I’ll do!
They just announced the Zatoichi Box Set from Criterion. I did a piece for Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold. Obviously, getting to have art in something produced by Criterion is something that was on my checklist as a young lad. I’ve been a fan since their laserdisc releases when I was a kid in Indiana going to Video Vault and combing through movies I had no right looking at. They always caught my eye. Couple that with Zatoichi, which my dad and I watched on IFC every Saturday morning, and you have the things childhood dreams are made of!
It was truly an honor because this is the list of creators that worked on this project: Cover by Ron Wimberly. Additional illustrations by Greg Ruth, Paul Pope, Scott Morse, Samuel Hiti, Josh Cochran, Evan Bryce, Ricardo Venâncio, Robert Goodin, Yuko Shimizu, Jorge Coelho, Vera Brosgol, Matt Kindt, Connor Willumsen, Patrick Leger, Jim Rugg, Jhomar Soriano, Angie Wang, Ming Doyle, Caitlin Kuhwald, Benjamin Marra, Bill Sienkiewicz, Andrew MacLean, Polly Guo, Barnaby Ward, Victor Kerlow
Eric and I met up through my friend Connor, who I secretly call “Kid Amazing” to everyone I show his work to. Connor and I used to frequent all the same art messageboards years ago, and we’d gotten to talking. He sent my work to Eric, and Eric contacted me to work on a project of his. It turned out Eric was a fantastic person, and other than Kristian Donaldson, has actively done what he could to get me work. I’m pretty sure they believe in my art more than I do, and I love them because of that. Well, Eric and I made an art baby in a comic Eric wrote, colored, and lettered…because he’s crazy talented like that. It’s called EGG, and it has the awesome super friend Ming Doyle in it too!
Either way, Eric is an amazing human being, and he helped me get into this with a bunch of my art idols. He helped push me to make something I’m proud of! He believes in me enough to make art with people I thought I would never be in the same hemisphere as.
Evan is the dopest.