Check out a preview of Yoshitaka Amano’s Deva Zan
Later this month, Dark Horse will publish Deva Zan, the first novel by artist Yoshitaka Amane, who is best known as the illustrator of the Vampire Hunter D novels and the designer for Final Fantasy. Anime News Network has a preview of the novel, which Amane wrote and illustrated.
I interviewed Amane this year at New York Comic Con, and here’s what he had to say about the writing process for Deva Zan:
When I draw one picture, it’s just a representation of something I are thinking of — it’s not so much I am a story writer, but when you draw 200 pictures of something with the same theme, then a story naturally comes out of it. And that’s kind of what happened with this. I didn’t sit down and pen a story; it’s been a long time coming. There were tens of thousands of drawings, the story emerged from the drawings and I was able to interpret the story from that.
With “Final Fantasy,” there were certain things they needed from me, maybe it’s a certain type of look or a character or whatever, but with this I was able to freely express myself and see what comes out of me as a person, and maybe a Japanese person, is more reflective of Eastern tastes.