October 31st, 2014 by Davis Rojas
There are few games as infamous as the Zelda CD-i trilogy. They are games that evoke, ire, disgust, and have achieved countless internet memes in the Zelda community; all the while disgracing the series that it claims to be. However, it may surprise you that there is more to this train wreck than meets the eye; small details that no one really focuses on. Follow the jump below to learn more.
October 25th, 2014 by Catty Greentree
You may know Akira Himekawa as the author and illustrator behind the Legend of Zelda mangas. If you are not familiar, Akira Himekawa is actually a creative duo, A. Honda and S. Nagano, who have collaborated on Legend of Zelda mangas, among many others. They have recently started a series over at Tokyo Otaku Mode outlining the process of creating a manga from start to finish.
Check out some details after the jump! Read more…
March 6th, 2014 by Keaton
Brawl in the Family, a Nintendo web comic by Matthew Taranto, recently began a new story arc featuring Link and Ganondorf. It’s a mash-up between the Mario and Zelda series in which Bowser and Ganondorf, each lamenting another defeat at the hands of their respective series’ heroes, agree to swap rivals. Any Zelda fan should appreciate the clever references throughout.
Take the jump and see the comic for yourself! Read more…
August 18th, 2013 by Michael
Every now and then a new Zelda comic is released. These comics are often humorous and contain surprising truths about the series. This new comic from Corpse Run is about Ganon’s budget. After all, why else would Ganon buy a bunch of chests with no locks for his castle? I suppose even an evil king has to cut back every now and then.
Read the comic after the jump!
July 23rd, 2013 by Djinn
In a recent comic on Dorkly we get an interesting look at a day in the life of Link’s dark side and total opposite Dark Link. Here we see Dark Link doing the reverse of all of Link’s actions and doing thinks Link would never do. However some of them might not exactly be be what you are expecting.
Jump inside to check it out for yourself.
March 9th, 2013 by Djinn
In a recent comic from Dorkly we get a glimpse of just why it is so hard to play any games with Link. Here we see Link playing various games like Marco Polo and Red Rover but in every panel he has a certain item from one of the games in the series that always seems to give him an unfair advantage every single time. Of course much to the annoyance of everyone else trying to play with him.
Jump inside to check it out for yourself.
December 13th, 2012 by John
Hyrule Historia is undoubtedly one of the most important things to happen to the Zelda series in a long, long while. Even if the content provided inside the book itself would not be of interest to every fan, the recently announced limited edition has sold like wildfire, with the coveted book selling out in a matter of hour on sites such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. For those of you who own the Japanese edition or have otherwise read the translations on sites such as Glitter Berri’s, you will be aware of the exclusive Skyward Sword manga present at the back of Hyrule Historia, drawn by Akira Himekawa, a duo of Japanese artists who have worked on a number of previous Zelda manga. The website Kotaku has recently managed to acquire the entire manga, translated into English, which is now available to preview more than a month before the actual release of the book. Intrested? Hit the jump take a look!
November 16th, 2012 by Djinn
In an interesting pair or comics recently posted from GamERCaT and OMOCAT we take a more humorous look at the event from Ocarina of Time where Link had to help the Cucco lady from Kakariko Village. However in both we see that the heroes do not quite get the job done as well as you would expect.
Jump inside to check them out for yourself.
October 4th, 2012 by Jordan
A few days ago, we reported on a new promotional manga Nintendo released for Ocarina of Time 3D’s Taiwan debut. While all of us enjoyed seeing Akira Himekawa’s work again, there was the problem of a language barrier preventing most fans from being able to read the comic. Gladly, the folks at the fan website Zeldanime have been kind enough to break said barrier for us and have translated the entire manga for our reading! Jump inside to see.
September 27th, 2012 by Jordan
Recently, a page was discovered on the Nintendo Taiwan website that includes a short, twelve-page manga illustrated by Akira Himekawa that is based upon Ocarina of Time. This is in a different, new style from the original manga, and is also in color. The entire comic is in Chinese, but you can take the jump to check it out for yourself; the artwork is still impressive despite the language barrier.
August 16th, 2012 by Djinn
The Hyrule Historia has been the topic of a lot of talk and debate over the last year but western fans have had much trouble getting a hold of most of the information stored within it due to the rarity of the book and the lack of any localization. Well a recent update by Diamond Comic Distributors for their January 2013 release date lists the high coveted Hyrule Historia among their catalog. The book will be translated and distributed by Darkhorse Comics which is a well known translator and distributor of manga in the U.S. The book will be a hardcover containing all 272 pages and sells for $34.99. The shipping date is scheduled for 1/29/2013.
Jump in to see some of their info for yourself.
July 29th, 2012 by Djinn
The latest project Zeldamotion by the animation group Aeipathy Industries has been recently posted on YouTube. An animated adaptation of Akira Himekawa’s A Link to the Past manga with voices and sounds. The trailer shows the initial parts of the game while maintaining the artstyle and design of the manga. All the lines are lifted straight from the manga as well. Overall it is a very faithful adaptation with scenes from the manga that many fans should easily recognize.
Jump in to see the trailer for yourself.
July 22nd, 2012 by AnimeHat
Starting to realize that you’re getting older? You’re not the only one. For Zelda fans, this comic embodies just that. This comic, created by Alex Di Stasi as part of the Corpse Run series, is a comical representation of aging. Make the jump to see the comic!
June 13th, 2012 by Alexander Entrikin
Navi. Anybody who has played Ocarina of Time will know that this fairy’s constant cries of “Hey!” and “Listen!” are arguably the most annoying parts of the game, next to the maze that is the Water Temple. If we as players get annoyed by Navi’s screams for attention, think of how bad Link has it! This comic from OMOCAT illustrates Link’s frustration with Navi perfectly, as well as adds in a bit of a twist. Jump in to see the whole comic!
May 24th, 2012 by Djinn
In a recent comic of GaMERCat titled “Potion Puree” we see Gamer Cat trying to be a little more conscious of the plight of the fairies by choosing to buy and drink potions for health. Believing that the potions are a much better method to fill up hearts that does not cause any fairies to die in the process. However his sidekick Annoying Fairy shows him exactly how wrong he can be by taking him into the back of the shop to see just how the potions are made.
Jump inside to see it for yourself.
May 19th, 2012 by Djinn
In a recent comic appearing on Hejibits titled “Deuce Duel” we get to see a humorous take on just how unsanitary Link can be over the course of his adventure. This time we see Link doing something as unhygienic as holding up a captured Eldin Roller complete with his little dung beetle ball in his hands and the later consequences. Ghirahim happens to notice this just a little bit too late.
Jump inside to see it for yourself.
May 2nd, 2012 by Ally
Zelda logic. It’s something we’ve all come to know and love as fans of the series, and what better way to celebrate it than with a comic? Awkward Zombie has developed a comic that is fairly reminiscent of a previous one they created that illustrates the so-called logic of the LoZ series. While the other comic was centered around the Hover Boots from Ocarina of Time, this one focuses on the Iron Boots. If you’re interested in seeing the comic, check it out after the jump.
March 30th, 2012 by Ally
In Ocarina of Time, the Hover Boots are a pretty snazzy item. Who wouldn’t want to be able to hover over thin air, even for just a few seconds? Besides the fact that they’re a fantasy item, do they make any sense? The folks over at Awkward Zombie don’t believe so. What exactly stops them from floating away when Link gets them out of the treasure chest? The world may never know. Make the jump and check out the comic to see Awkward Zombie’s take on it.
March 27th, 2012 by Ally
There’s nothing like a comic to put things into perspective. If you’ve ever wondered what would actually happen when Link doesn’t use his sailcloth, then today’s your lucky day. ZoDy from deviantART has made a Skyward Sword comic that proves Zelda logic wrong yet again. Would Link just lose a heart or two with all of his bones intact when he hits the ground? Of course not. Make the jump to take a look at the comic below.
March 8th, 2012 by Ally
Sometimes, it can seem like Link is invulnerable. Depending on the capabilities of the enemies that he faces, he doesn’t usually show any sign of injury until he’s down to his last couple hearts. He can fall off cliffs, be beaten by clubs, or even stung by bees, but the only thing to indicate that he’s hurt is his heart count and sometimes a grunt or two. From all the abuse that Link takes, how does his equipment stay in perfect working order? As annoying as it could be, it actually made sense that the shield had to be repaired after undergoing so much wear and tear in Skyward Sword. Awkward Zombie created a perfectly logical comic that answers a few questions on this topic. If you’re interested, take a look at the comic after the jump.
February 24th, 2012 by Ally
Oh, Gold Skulltulas… They’re so much fun to collect. Who doesn’t love running around Hyrule in Ocarina of Time gathering all the Gold Skulltula tokens that they can just for the fun of it? Well, plenty of people dislike it, myself included. If Link could do things for himself, perhaps he would feel the same way. It’s possible that he doesn’t like collecting the tokens, but doesn’t have a choice but to obey because his movements are made for him. At least his efforts don’t go unrewarded. Link does get some pretty snazzy items if he gathers the tokens for the rich family. Have you ever wondered what would happen if he decided that it wasn’t worth his time to break the curse on each member of the wealthy family? Owen Parsons posted a comic to Dorkly showing a possible outcome if this ever happened. Check out the comic after the jump.
January 23rd, 2012 by Djinn
The folks at Halolz have recently posted a new comic satiring Legend of Zelda featuring Link and Navi. The short comic covers an interesting situation after defeating a boss and Link acquires a new heart. However Link seems to take Navi’s suggestion of getting the heart just a little too literally this time. So we see Link follow her words and collect the heart from the monster who may have been somewhat traumatized by the entire event. Just a warning before you read, it does get slightly graphic even for a funny comic like this. Jump inside to check it out for yourself.
January 6th, 2012 by Mases Hagopian
The folks over at Link’s Stupidity run a humerus Legend of Zelda comic and as of this post, the creator has illustrated 42 different comics to date, all revolving around the stupidity of Link. I’ve looked through a handful of them and while some of them are nothing special, there are some really good ones in there. It’s a fun website to just browse through and you can check out the full archive of all 42 comics. However, if you make the jump you can see the most recent one, which I do think is quite funny. It doesn’t have a subtitle but if it did I’d call it… Link Discovers the Internet. Enjoy.
January 3rd, 2012 by Mases Hagopian
Our friends over at Glitter Berri have posted the next five pages in the Skyward Sword Prequel Manga. This now brings the total to 15 pages of the Manga. The entire book runs at 34 pages so almost half of them have been fully translated. The prequel manga is included with the recently released Hyrule Historia book, which I’m still anxiously waiting to get my hands on.
Glitter Berri and Beno have been working hard to get it translated and edited in a timely fashion. At the pace things are going at, the whole thing should be translated within just a couple of days so stay tuned. You can make the jump to see a couple of the new translations, but head on over to Glitter Berri to see all 15 of the pages.
January 3rd, 2012 by Mases Hagopian
The first 10 pages of the Skyward Sword Prequel Manga are now translated! This prequel manga can be found within the Hyrule Historia book and the artist is Akira Himekawa, the same person who was the artist for the 10 other Zelda Manga pieces that were released in America.
You can view the pages over
here. Note, it’s only about 30% complete as of now, but the translators are working hard to get it done as quickly as possible. Special thanks to GlitterBerri and Beno for translating and editing the Manga. You can make the jump to see a couple of pages from the Manga, but be sure to head on over here to see the full first 10 pages. Stay tuned for all the latest scans and translations from the Hyrule Historia book and this Prequel Manga.
December 31st, 2011 by Mases Hagopian
Our friends over at History of Hyrule have gotten their hands on the Skyward Sword Prequel Manga and have posted scans online. You can view the 32 page manga that came included within the Hyrule Historia book over at their image gallery. Unfortunately they don’t have the entire manga up, but they do have the bulk of it. Also, the Manga is in Japanese so unless you read Japanese, it will only be for viewing pleasure. Fortunately enough, translations are already underway and those hopefully will be available in just a few days.
The Skyward Sword Prequel Manga is included within the Hyrule Historia book that we’ve been covering for the last two weeks or so. The book has been sold out in Japan already, but fortunately enough the folks over at History of Hyrule were able to order two copies, one of which is for me! Thus, I should be getting my copy in sometime within the next few weeks, but we’ll surely see some scans at History of Hyrule in the next few days. Stay tuned, but until then, go ahead and make the jump to see some images from the prequel Manga.
December 7th, 2011 by Djinn
In a new comic by Dorkly we take a look at some of the various creepier situations Link has found himself in throughout the series. Here they have made a few images showing some of the stranger things Link does over the course of the series with a helpful guide at the bottom of each picture listing the creepyness level of each action. They can range from just walking into strange caves to stealing hair and underwear. Jump inside to check them out for yourself.
December 6th, 2011 by Djinn
We have another update to the Skyward Sword comic by Penny Arcade that we covered earlier. This week we see a small amount of dialog from Gaepora continuing where things were left off last time. Gaepora in Skyloft is reaching out to Link wondering if he had found Zelda and remembering his being hard on Link in the past. Meanwhile Link is having troubles of his own fighting with a Skulltila. The comic ends with a warning that the world can be hard while a scorpion tail looms behind Link’s back. Jump inside to check it out for yourself.
November 19th, 2011 by Djinn
The folks at Destructoid have taken a look back at the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comic widely seen in the issues of Nintendo Power. This was one of many comics published in Nintendo Power in the early 90’s featuring adaptations of recently released Super Ninetndo games. Here is what they had to say.
Imagine coming home from school and finding the latest Nintendo Power peeking beneath the stack of mail on the counter. Imagine racing to your bedroom with mag in hand, plopping on the bed, and flipping through that glossy tome. Now, imagine stumbling across a full-color, 16-page comic smack in the middle. How’s that for a surprise?
This was the January 1992 issue of Nintendo Power; the comic was an adaptation of A Link to the Past, obviously meant to promote the upcoming release of the game itself. This was no cheap cash-in, though! It was a year-long adventure by one of Japan’s greatest manga artists, Shotaro Ishinomori, creator of Cyborg 009 and the first two seasons of what would become the Super Sentai (Power Rangers) series! Have no doubt in your mind that there was love poured into these pages.
November 15th, 2011 by Christina
Starting today, Nintendo and Penny Arcade Online have teamed up to bring you a comic to celebrate the November 20th release of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. These comics will include characters and themes from the new game and are drawn in a style that shows off the new distinctive look of Skyward Sword while still keeping the signature style of Penny Arcade. To see the first of five weekly comic panels go here and keep checking back for more. Here is what artist, Mike Krahulik, had to say about the series.
“I was 14 when I first played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” said Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik. “That was 20 years ago, and today I am introducing my son to The Legend of Zelda. The opportunity to work with Nintendo to create a Zelda comic is not only an incredible honor, but quite literally a childhood dream come true.”
October 29th, 2011 by Christina
Zelda Universe’s 25 Years in 25 Days continues today with a look back at the year 1990. Although there was not a new game released, there were still plenty of Zelda goodies to go around in the forms of television and comic books. While the Legend of Zelda cartoon series had a short run of only 13 episodes, Link, Zelda, and Ganon would soon reappear as guests in another show. This was also the year that the Legend of Zelda comic series was released. Read part of this great article here and then head over to Zelda Universe to read the whole thing.
The comic books were similar in art style to the cartoons. Zelda’s hair was darker, Link looked a bit goofier, and Ganon was a bit more menacing in appearance (and usually had his face shadowed by a hood). Overall I’d call the artwork passable at worst and eye-pleasing at best. The artists did a tremendous job adapting the NES world of Hyrule into believable, living, and dangerous locations. However, the characters’ facial expressions could have used a bit more attention at times (for instance, there’s a scene where Zelda looks a bit nonchalant when she should be horrified).
January 29th, 2010 by Mases Hagopian
The image to your left is a short comic created by Cory Godbey. It’s a pretty sweet little Zelda piece that somewhat mocks the inventory system of the Zelda series. You can click the image to get a better version of the piece.
You can also check out the rest of Cody Godbey’s Bit & Run series by looking at his blog. While this is the only Zelda related one that I found, he does have a few Mario based comics which are pretty sweet. Definitely worth a look.
I particularly liked one of his images of some classic Mario enemies discussing what Mario has been up to lately. It’s pretty cool and gave me a quick little giggle, so hopefully you like it.