San Diego Comic-Con is the big kahuna of North American comics festivals, so it's used to hosting some of the biggest names in comics. But for manga fans, this year's Comic-Con will be welcoming a very special guest for her first U.S. visit: shojo manga legend Moto Hagio, the creator of A, A', They Were 11 and now A Drunken Dream.
For Comic-Con, Fantagraphics will be debuting A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, a new collection of Hagio-sensei's short stories, translated by shojo manga scholar and translator Matt Thorn (who will also be a guest at Comic-Con). Hagio-sensei will also be featured at two Comic-Con panels:
- Spotlight on Moto Hagio - Friday, July 23 at 10:30 am in Room 5AB. Translator Matt Thorn will also be on hand to showcase Hagio-sensei's long and amazing history as a true innovator in Japanese manga.
- International Graphic Novels - Saturday, July 24 at 3:30 pm in Room 4. Moto Hagio will be joined by Émile Bravo (France: My Mommy is in America and she Met Buffalo Bill), Milo Manara (Italy: Click!), and Kathryn and Stuart Immonen (Canada: Moving Pictures, Russian Olive to Red King) to discuss comics with international flair. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon.
Hagio-sensei is also scheduled to appear at Fantagraphics Booth #1718 on all four days of Comic-Con to meet fans and sign copies of A Drunken Dream (and get it early before the book's scheduled September 2010 release). Here's the schedule:
- Thursday, July 22 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
- Friday, July 23 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
- Saturday, July 24 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 25 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of Japan's most influential and interesting shojo manga creators, and give her a warm welcome to her first U.S. comics convention.
Image credits: © Moto Hagio, Courtesy of Comic-Con International