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Geek Girl Project interviews F.J. DeSanto on Cyborg 009

Geek Girl Project sits down with F.J. DeSanto in an interview talking about all things Cyborg 009. Gain some insight into this exciting new collaboration between Archaia and Ishimori! An excerpt from their interview is below:

“Authors F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit, Insurgent)  and Bradley Cramp (Gattaca, Lord of War) and  illustrators Marcus To (Batwing, Huntress, Red Robin) and Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand) recently embarked on the ambitious work of updating Shotaro Ishinomori’s Cyborg 009 for a modern international audience. The prequel issue, 000, came out on May 1, and the full graphic novel will be available from Archaia in July.

The Geek Girl Project is happy to have the chance to interview F.J. DeSanto about the upcoming hardcover graphic novel adaptation of the series!

GGP: Thanks for taking the time to talk with is!

What led you to recreate the story of 009? What resonates about the tale now? How do you adapt a 60’s Cold War story to a modern setting? What choices do you make to make the adaptation appropriate today’s world and readers? What sacrifices does that involve? What do you gain?

F.J. DESANTO: What led to this was Ishimori Production’s and my desire to bring the creator’s wonderful legacy and properties to a wider audience and hopefully build a new generation of fans. We chose to start with Cyborg 009 because its international cast would be great to adapt for a modern audience while also being attractive to those fans who have a long history with the characters.

The manga’s Cold War setting is eerily similar to the world we live in today. Thus, it didn’t take too much to adapt for a graphic novel reader in 2013. For us, it’s more about cherry picking as many fantastic elements from the source material as we can to create an exciting 105-page story.”

You can read the rest of the article HERE to learn more about Cyborg 009 and the creative team behind it.