A Drunken Dream and Other Stories

Overview

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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Along with manga giants Keiko Takemiya and Riyoko Ikeda, and other notable female creators known as the Fabulous '49ers who pioneered the shojo revolution, Hagio forever changed the landscape of comics for girls and started a creative industry for women outside of the domicile. A decade after Sailor Moon, American audiences finally have the chance to read Hagio's work and see the genesis of a genre in this anthology. Unlike current shojo manga, Hagio's sentiment is more restrained, recounting a calmer account of destructive sibling rivalry, a quieter portrayal of a romance destined for failure, a subtle unraveling of a young woman in mourning. Her craftsmanship reflects wisdom and exercises the creative strength necessary to unravel and tie together the range of narrative threads that make up the tragedies and slow recoveries of life. In "Angel Mimic," Hagio turns the deflated student-teacher romance on its head, bringing it new life. In "Willow Tree" the story is so subtle, it takes place on the periphery of the page. A Drunken Dream collects stories by Hagio from her beginning, middle, and current career. The consistency of her work is evidence of why she's finally being translated into English and why that was long overdue. (Sept.)
Serdar Yegulalp - Genji Press
“[A] gorgeously-produced best-of collection from shojo manga creator Moto Hagio... On the face of the evidence there was very little she could not do, some things she did well, and a few things she did magnificently.”
Katherine Dacey - The Manga Critic
“[A]n excellent introduction to one of the most literary and original voices working in comics today. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal
Hagio is known as the founding mother of modern shojo (girls') manga and a pioneer of the boys' love genre. These four decades of shojo stories begin with several short and rather sentimental pieces and progress toward longer and increasingly subtle tales that offer epiphanies beyond mere teary-eyed enjoyment. "Marié, Ten Years Later" unravels a romantic triangle that could perhaps have stabilized but fell apart. "Hanshin: Half-God" examines love and hate through the dissection of conjoined twins. The centerpiece is not the delicately colorized and rather vague title story about repeatedly lost love but "Iguana Girl," where self-image is passed from mother to daughter, its origin discovered by the daughter only upon the mother's death. Gut punches await in other stories, too. These are not easy, simple fictions to read despite the lovely art and sometimes childlike characters. In Hagio's worlds, psychic pain lurks in the most normal-seeming families. VERDICT Broadening U.S. readers' acquaintance with manga as a mature medium, this collection of sophisticated and beautifully drawn melodramas is recommended for teens and up in public and academic libraries.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606993774
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Moto Hagio was born in 1949 and lives in Japan. She is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time. Her graphic novel A Drunken Dream was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2011.

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