View Full Version : Fantagraphics releases details of new manga line

John M. Coker (Johnny C.)
03-09-2010, 12:48 PM
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After brief acknowledgment on Monday afternoon, Fantagraphics Books now has officially announced its new manga line, which will debut in September with a collection of short stories by Moto Hagio, considered the mother of modern shojo.

News of the imprint, reportedly in development for four years, trickled out over the weekend after listings for the first two titles appeared early on Amazon.com. The unnamed line, produced through a deal with Japanese publisher Shogakukan, will be edited by manga scholar and translator Matt Thorn. Each book will be released in hardcover and retain the original right-to-left manga format.

The debut title, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, collects 10 of Hagio's literary short stories created between 1970 and 2007 (Thorn provides a list of the stories on his blog). In support of the book, Hagio will appear as a special guest at Comic-Con International in July.

"If I hadn’t encountered Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas (1974) at the tender age of 21-ish," Thorn writes, "I would never have ended up on this peculiar career path."

A Drunken Dream will be followed in December by the first volume of Shimura Takako's Wandering Son, a multi-volume series about two fifth-grade friends -- a boy who wants to be a girl, and a girl who wants to be a boy.

"Let me just say that fans of Anne of Green Gables or The Rose of Versailles should get some special thrills from it, with every succeeding thrill 'thrillier than the last'," Thorn writes.

John M. Coker (Johnny C.)
03-09-2010, 12:59 PM
From Fantagraphics-


After years of development, Fantagraphics is unveiling a new line of manga. Kicking things off in September 2010 is a collection of short stories from the mother of shōjo (young girl) manga, Moto Hagio. Next, is a multi-volume series from the GLBT manga-ka Shimura Takako. Each book will be released in hardcover form, keeping the original "right to left" manga style for a deluxe, yet authentic reading experience.

The first book, entitled A Drunken Dream, is a collection of literary short stories by Hagio falling into multiple genres, created between 1971-2007. This tome travels through several of Hagio's most revolutionary and poignant tales that span over the years of her lush career.

In December 2010 comes one of the defining transgendered-centric manga, Wandering Son. Shimura Takako's ongoing series follows two young friends, Shuichi and Yoshino. These 5th graders struggle not only with puberty, but also severe identity issues; Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. The two find solace in their mutual confusion and help each other cope with their gender frustration while embarking on the complicated journey of growing up.

To celebrate the launch of the new Fantagraphics manga, Moto Hagio is making her first ever visit to The United States to attend Comic-Con International 2010 as a special guest. More details on a speaking event and panel at the con will be available soon.

Moto Hagio spearheaded the rebellious shōjo movement in the 1970s. She, along with a few other women, formed an artist collective called the "Magnificent 24." Influenced by radical youth culture of the '60s, American and British rock ‘n' roll, and European cinema, these women pioneered the shōjo genre and helped develop the artistic style that so many manga-ka emulate today. Winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award, Seiun Award, Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, Nihon SF Taisho Award and many others, Hagio has earned respect as a Japanese artist superstar and won the hearts of manga fans for the last 40 years.

Shimura Takako is a female manga creator living in Tokyo. Her focus on LGBT issues places her work in a space that's rocked out by The Gossip and on par with Alison Bechdel. Several of Takako's books have been honored with recommendations from the prestigious Japan Media Arts Festival.

03-09-2010, 02:58 PM
None of the books they've announced so far grab me like Drawn and Quarterly's manga output, but it's still pretty cool.

03-09-2010, 04:07 PM
Never been a shojo fan, but this will be good for fans of the genre.

For those of you wandering, shojo is manga more aimed for girls.