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Boutique home video distributor Criterion commissioned Samuel Hiti (Los Tiempos Finales, Death-Day) and a list of other great comics artists to create artwork for the individual films in the company’s box set for the long-running Zatoichi series starring Shintaro Katsu as a blind, but incredibly quick and accurate swordsman. Hiti designed the cover for Zatoichi the Fugitive, the fourth in the series.
Twenty-five Zatoichi films were produced between 1962 and 1973, making it the longest-running action series in Japanese history. There was also a four-season TV series in the late ’70s. The Criterion box set collects those first 25 feature films in one package for the first time, but doesn’t include 1989’s Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, written and directed by Shintaro Katsu himself.
Brand New Nostalgia is the sketchblog equivalent of The Defenders, a non-group, if you will — a loose conglomerate of artists doing that sketchblog thing of choosing a theme and then posting the results, originally at their respective deviantART accounts and Tumblrs, and now at their own website. They’re making the leap into the physical world with a book they’re seeking funding for through Kickstarter described as an “anthology consisting of some of the best pieces from the blog as well as all-new comic stories by each of the creators.”
There’s a list of the members’ respective galleries here, and the most easily navigable place to see their combined efforts may well be at deviantART. There’s some top-notch artists amongst their number who’ll probably go on to big things. There’s a representative selection of work from their site below. Continue Reading »