When I was beginning to sketch out some of the first concept art for Neozoic, I was needing some quick reference of women with swords. Since I had my computer handy, I decided to do a quick search on “Kill Bill” in Google.
I was looking for photos, but I saw this amazing fan art wallpaper drawn by some guy named J. Korim I quickly made it my computer’s desktop wallpaper. One thing lead to another (yadda yadda), and Korim was signed on to do Neozoic.
Fast forward to the end of January, and my son and I are watching the NHL’s “Young Stars” game on TV… just chilling, not thinking about work at all. Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers is in net for the East Stars, and after one particularly good save I could swear that something familiar flashed past on the screen. So, being a long time TiVo owner and addict, I immediately hit rewind on the live broadcast and then pause it.
Sure enough, that very wallpaper that lead me to Korim is painted on the mask of the young NHL goalie.
Assuming he knows all about it, I email J and ask him about it. Low and behold, it’s news to him too.
Still no word on exactly how this came to be… but very cool!