Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, in collaboration with Manga Arabia, a subsidiary of the Saudi Research and Media Group, has initiated a “Transforming Saudi Literature into Manga” project.
Four works have been selected that will be adapted into manga, with the aid of several writers and novelists. This endeavor is part of the Riyadh International Book Fair 2023.
Mohammed Hassan Alwan, CEO of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, said this was an ambitious project.
“Its objective is to stimulate literary production in unconventional genres, taking into account the significant global and local interest in the manga industry.”
Issam Amanullah Bukhari, editor-in-chief of Manga Arabia, said the project’s purpose is to promote reading, foster imagination, and cultivate creativity.
“The manga industry plays a crucial role in enhancing creativity, not only through animation but also by instilling hope and ambition in future generations.
“The project aspires to present Saudi literature in a creative form to both Arab and international audiences.”
Manga Arabia magazine was launched in August 2021 as part of the comprehensive transformation strategy of the Saudi Research and Media Group.
The magazine aims to advance and redefine the rapidly growing media and entertainment sector. Additionally, it seeks to showcase and support new talent locally and regionally.
The magazine has published two issues specializing in Arabic and Japanese comic strips, targeting children and youth.
Since its launch, it has attracted over six million users from various parts of the Arab world and beyond.