A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio

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A decades-spanning collection from the “founding mother” of modern shojo manga.

Fantagraphics Books’ first volume of manga is a collection of short stories by one of Japan’s most influential and critically lauded comics innovators.

Moto Hagio has been reinventing shojo manga (Japanese comics marketed at 10-18 year-old girls) since 1969. Unconstrained by boundaries of genre, she has sculpted a career characterized by intellectual curiosity, psychological authenticity, and an aesthetic sense that has often been at odds with a shojo manga mainstream littered with Sailor Moon knockoffs and sub-Harlequin-romance clichés. Now, for the first time in English, we offer a Hagio primer, a selection of short stories spanning four decades of groundbreaking work — 1971-2007 — by an artist who is working at the peak of her creative powers. In “Autumn Journey” (1971), a boy’s pilgrimage to the home of his favorite author has more meaning than either the author or his daughter can imagine. In “Marié, Ten Years Later” (1977), two estranged friends learn too late how their actions had destroyed the balance of a perfect triad of intimacy. In “A Drunken Dream” (1980), two scientists—one a hermaphrodite, the other a tribal priest—meet on a space station orbiting Io; but they have met before and are destined to meet again. In “Iguana Girl” (1991), a girl who appears to her mother and herself to be a hideous anthropoid iguana struggles to overcome her mother’s rejection and find happiness ... but her mother has a secret.

Learn for yourself why the creator of There Were Eleven! (adapted into an anime) and A, A’ has influenced the careers of countless other creators, both within and outside the manga industry, and continues to garner international critical praise and appeal to readers across ages and generations. Illustrated throughout; including 16 pages of full color; 16 pages of two-color
 

About Moto Hagio

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Moto Hagio was born in 1949 and lives in Japan. She is widely considered the most beloved shojo manga artist of all time. Her graphic novel A Drunken Dream was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2011.
 
Published September 27, 2010 by Fantagraphics. 288 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Nashville Public Library

Hagio revolutionized Japanese “girl’s comics,” or Shojo manga, by broadening the subject matter to include death, ghost stories, and sexual confusion.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Science fiction stories have always interested Hagio, as she reveals in an extensive interview with manga scholar Thorn in the back of the book (reprinted from The Comics Journal) but though some stories have a whiff of the fantastic about them, it is really only the title story which seems to be...

Aug 13 2010 | Read Full Review of A Drunken Dream and Other Sto...

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While I’m have no doubt that more traditional manga fans (especially older manga fans with an interest in the medium’s history) will lap it up and ask for more, I’m not as convinced that your average Fantagraphics reader (if there is such a thing, and I acknowledge full well that I might be off t...

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