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Shojo Manga Legend Moto Hagio To Appear at Comic-Con

By July 19, 2010

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Drunken DreamSan 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.

Moto HagioHagio-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

You can also see the full schedule of signings, new releases and events on Fantagraphics' blog, or print out this handy pocket guide before heading to the show.

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.

Visit Fantagraphics for more information about A Drunken Dream, and check out Matt Thorn's interview with Moto Hagio from the July/August 2005 issue of The Comics Journal.

Image credits: © Moto Hagio, Courtesy of Comic-Con International

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