B9: What are you working on these days? Any new releases or releases coming up?
ED: Vattu is the main thing right now; it’s coming to a major turning point and I’ve been chipping away a lot at planning and writing the upcoming parts. I’m also illustrating the Wizard of Oz when I have time, and I’m about halfway through that. And another very big project is kind of in the early stages right now, but I can’t talk about it and shouldn’t because it might not really materialize but we will see!
B9: What’s your favorite piece in your B9 book? Any particular reason?
ED: They aren’t really illustrative but there’s several alien designs I’m very happy with; for a while I was very excited about the idea of making believable but as-weird-looking-as-possible creatures, but I never really figured out anything to do with them. Nothing gets weird enough.
B9: What medium do you work in and why?
ED: Usually brush and ink because it’s versatile and encourages spontaneity; though the Oz drawings are with G-nibs because I want them to look more fiddly and intricate. But I think brushes are the platonic ideal for inking; every other tool can do a fraction of what they can do. And I color in Photoshop because I don’t really understand color and Photoshop is forgiving.
B9: What made you take to art as a career?
ED: I have desperately wanted to do pictures and stories my entire life and I have no idea what else I could even do, and I am so so fortunate to be able to do this. It is extremely important to me to be able to do this. I work very hard but I feel spoiled that I can work on something like this.
B9: Tell us about someone else you think is making cool work right now, maybe someone most people wouldn’t know about?
ED: I don’t follow comics as well as I should. Some artists I am recently fascinated by are Alex Ries
, who does intricate scifi art in the tradition of Barlowe. And Killian Eng
is good at psychedelia in a way that makes me want to straight-up steal from him.
B9: Tell us about the piece you’re showing us!
ED: Becky drew a gnome so I wanted to draw a gnome too. Do you remember that book about gnomes that David the Gnome was based on? I love that book.