Zelda's Himekawa Interviewed on Arabic Graphic Novel
posted on by Gia Manry
The official website for Otaku USA magazine has posted a two-part interview with Japanese artists Akira Himekawa (a pen name used by duo A. Honda and S. Nagano) and Qais Sedki, the United Arab Emirates-born author of the Arabic-language graphic novel Gold Ring. Before working on this project, Himekawa created several Legend of Zelda manga, and some of them have been translated into English.
In the interview, Himekawa details the process of being hired for the project — she was found via her publisher, Shogakukan — and meeting Sedki, who came to visit A. Honda in the hospital after the artist broke a leg. The trio worked through a translator in Japan, but neither member of Himekawa has been to the Emirates. Himekawa also revealed that the first volume took two years to complete.
Sedki himself answers more questions about the series itself. Gold Ring revolves around a young man who participates in a falconry competition. Sedki also addresses his upcoming release plans, which include both a second volume of the series in Arabic and an English-language release of the first during the summer of 2011.
Image © Qais Sedki / Akira Himekawa, Pageflip Publishing