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First look at Fantagraphics’ Moto Hagio anthology

A panel from Hagio's story The Child Who Comes Home

A panel from Hagio's story The Child Who Comes Home

Publishers Weekly Comics Week has posted a generous preview of Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. The book, which will be released next month, is the first full-length Hagio work to be published in the U.S. since 1981, although a few stories have been published individually, including one in issue 269 of The Comics Journal. (Translator Matt Thorn also interviewed her for that issue.) Hagio is one of the masters of shoujo manga, and A Drunken Dream collects ten of her short pieces ranging from 1970 to 2007, so readers can see both her early and her more mature work.

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Dammit, I really want to read this book now! Stupidly of me, I read all the preview pages at once, hoping there would be a connecting story, until I realized halfway that they were all samples. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to read movie reviews or see trailers because they have a tendency to let slip a seemingly innoculous sentence or scene that I’ll keep an open eye for that’ll ruin my expectations, experience and enjoyment of the story.

Now, having seen the previews here and at the Amazon samples (which had the Comics Journal interview added for some reason) I STILL have little to no idea what to expect from these stories, save that they’ll surely be worth reading.

When Drunken Dream FINALLY gets released, somebody should really go to the trouble of gathering up all the advance reviews in one convenient location. I’m very very jealous of these people who’ve had access to a wonderful property and gush about it before I get the chance to. Moto Hagio’s work isn’t likely to be scanlated, so I only have the select few samples of her official releases from a decade ago to work from, and it’s left me wanting more.

September 27th can’t come soon enough.

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