A thousand giddy manga bloggers just raced to their keyboards in rapturous joy. Why? Because Dirk Deppey has announced officially in his blog that “Fantagraphics has signed an agreement with Shogakukan to launch a full manga line edited and curated by Matt Thorn.”
What does this mean? MOTO HAGIO, that is what it means. The first item being listed by Amazon is A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. I, for one, am counting the days until September when I can own this volume for myself. So little of Hagio’s work has been available in English up to this point, exactly none of which remains in print. This is truly a crime.
For more background and further understanding of why this is so significant for fans of shojo manga, take a look at this brilliant 2005 interview with Hagio, conducted by Matt Thorn for The Comics Journal and posted now in its entirety in his blog. For a small taste of Hagio’s work, see my review of They Were Eleven at CBR’s Comics Should Be Good. Mostly, though? Read Matt Thorn. Always read Matt Thorn.
ETA: More from Fantagraphics, including details about A Drunken Dream and their second (equally exciting) release, Shimura Takako’s multi-volume story of transgender childhood friends, Wandering Son. Also a word from Matt Thorn, who lists which stories will be included in the Hagio collection.
Panel portion from “The Willow Tree,” ©2010 Moto Hagio/Shogakukan.