We have added another ongoing fan comic to our collection, and I’ll let the creators explain what it’s all about:
ZeldAnime is a fan-comic project developed by crazyfreak and OniChild, originally created by crazyfreak. ZeldAnime is a “remake” of the notorious Legend of Zelda cartoon from the 1980’s into a comic/manga format. It is not related to any of the video games, however, the story is derived from the cartoon’s main plot while mixing story lines aspects and other elements from the original Zelda games, such as: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past, along with Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker. The ZeldAnime Project’s mission is to preserve the feeling of magic and adventure of the original Legend of Zelda games while bringing in new qualities that will focus on the characters’ personalities and relationships with one another.
Hop inside to meet the authors/artists, or simply head on over to our newly revamped comic section to read the first 7 pages of this new series.
How did it start?
For me, it all started with Northcastle.co.uk. The webmaster, Juliet, who is a friend of mine, has this love for the old Zelda cartoon. I would sometimes draw a little fanart of that Link and Zelda and make them look cooler. Then around March 2007, I drew three pictures of Link, Zelda and Ganondorf and opened a “Zeldanime” account on deviantART. Basically, I created that account for artworks that would look like “cartoon screenshots” done in “Anime” style. I actually let this project die… But, after an art trade with Onichild in 2009, everything changed. Onichild suggested restarting the project and making it into a comic, I agreed with it and from that moment, we’ve developed the story, characters and so much more. You’ll have to wait and see ;).
It’s been such a long time since I first saw a “screencap” from crazyfreak’s cartoon remakes that I don’t even know how I first really got into it. (Maybe it was her Link picture.) But, as the years went on, the zeldanime account slowed and eventually, nothing was appearing there. I sometimes went back to the zeldanime account just to look at the old artworks, but, for some reason, the screencap with Zelda holding the Triforce of Wisdom really grasped me. I don’t know if it was just her facial expression or just the mood or tone, but, I absolutely loved that picture. (I think it was mostly the short hair, since it was something new and different) Zelda had a whole new look compared to, well, any other rendition that Zelda’s ever had. I didn’t want this account or these artworks to be forgotten, so, I thought, why not pick it back up and start it again? I asked crazyfreak what she thought, and since the late summer of 2009, we’ve been chugging along with the project. I seriously have never had so much fun and excitement with anything else that I’ve worked on. I’m loving this project.
We pretty much split the jobs right down the middle; OniChild does the linework, Crazyfreak does the colors. It’s been working out very well and we both love working with each other. Basically, we’ve just been very ambitious and we just really wanted to make something different and we think we’ve achieved it. The Legend of Zelda never really had this type of feel before, and, we feel that’s what keeps us going. Once we posted up a couple of teasers on the zeldanime account, fans started coming back and there was a lot of anticipation and curiosity from them, and that keeps us going as well, along with their never ending support. We won’t give up!