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Category >> Coming Attractions

New Adele Blanc-Sec movie trailer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJacques Tardihooray for HollywoodComing Attractions 12 Mar 2010 11:38 PM

Here's the new trailer for Luc Besson's movie adaptation of Jacques Tardi's Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec (hat tip to Boing Boing). Man that looks like a fun movie. As we've teased a bit in the past, our new translated editions of the Adele stories start coming out later this year. No U.S. release for the film has been announced yet, unfortunately.

More on manga, Matt Thorn speaks, link roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalShimura TakakoMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 9 Mar 2010 12:36 PM

Response to the news about our new manga line has been overwhelming.

Series editor/curator/translator Matt Thorn speaks out on his blog, providing a bit of background and a few more details about the two inaugural releases, Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 1. Be sure to bookmark Thorn's blog for ongoing updates on the project. Meanwhile, The Comics Journal's Dirk Deppey, who was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition, uses his ¡Journalista! pulpit to reveal much more information and background about the line. Both links are must-reads for anyone interested in this project.

The Comics Journal No. 269

We'd be remiss if we didn't point out that the Deppey-edited "Shōjo Issue" of The Comics Journal, #269, with Thorn's feature interview with Moto Hagio, is still available and is indispensible to fans and newcomers to the genre alike.

We also want to point out that the cover images that we've posted and sent out, as lovely as they are, are still works in progress by Fantagraphics art director Adam Grano and will likely be revised before the final releases.

Various other blogospheric reaction and commentary:

Anime News Network shares our press release and comments on Moto Hagio's appearance at Comic-Con International this summer

Anime Vice's Gia Manry, who had the original scoop, offers her commentary

AnimeNation has a brief item

The Beat's Heidi MacDonald posts news and links and comments "to see Fantagraphics get involved [in manga] is a very promising development."

Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston comments with a typical firm left hand

• Kai-Ming Cha, manga editor for Publishers Weekly, has commentary and links at her personal Boiled Egg blog

Comic Book Bin posts the news

Comics212's Chris Butcher offers extensive commentary and concludes "Great day to be a manga fan."

CraveOnline's Joey Esposito reports

Sean Gaffney also comments and similarly concludes "All in all, a terrific day for manga fans yesterday."

Hypergeek re-posts our press release

I Reads You's Leroy Douresseaux posts the news

Icarus Publishing honcho Simon Jones has some great commentary, including: "Fantagraphics’ taste for artistic, compelling, quality comics, and the expertise of Thorn makes for an inspiring combination; Fantagraphics is a risk taker, with faith in art and willingness to see difficult projects through, while Thorn has the knowledge necessary to comb through and make sense of Shogakukan’s immense catalog."

ICv2 reports

Japanator's Brad Rice reports the news and comments "If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go die from happiness real quick now..."

Manga Bookshelf's Melinda Beasi reacts to the breaking news with the headline "Fantagraphics Makes Dreams Come True" and follows up with more details and reaction

The Manga Curmudgeon's David Welsh reacts and provides his own link roundup

MangaBlog has links and commentary

Robot 6 has a concise news item

Zona Fandom has the news en Español

UPDATE: Adding more links as they are found:

Forbidden Planet International blogs "We know Fanta as champions of quality comics work from around the world, so if they are putting their name to a new line then I’m interested..."

Newsarama takes note in a headline roundup

Otaku Champloo comments excitedly: "I’ve read some of Hagio-sensei’s works and Wandering Son in Japanese and I am infinitely happy how these mangas are finally having an English voice."

Shoujo Café has the news in Portuguese

• Dave Carter of Yet Another Comic Blog is "giddy" with the news

Here Comes the Son - Fantagraphics Starts a Manga Line
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagiomangaComing Attractions 8 Mar 2010 7:43 PM

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio

Wandering Son Vol. 1 - Shimura Takako

After years of development, Fantagraphics is unveiling a new line of manga. Kicking things off in September 2010 is a collection of short stories from the mother of shōjo (young girl) manga, Moto Hagio. Next, is a multi-volume series from the GLBT manga-ka Shimura Takako. Each book will be released in hardcover form, keeping the original "right to left" manga style for a deluxe, yet authentic reading experience.

The first book, entitled A Drunken Dream, is a collection of literary short stories by Hagio falling into multiple genres, created between 1971-2007. This tome travels through several of Hagio's most revolutionary and poignant tales that span over the years of her lush career.

In December 2010 comes one of the defining transgendered-centric manga, Wandering Son. Shimura Takako's ongoing series follows two young friends, Shuichi and Yoshino. These 5th graders struggle not only with puberty, but also severe identity issues; Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. The two find solace in their mutual confusion and help each other cope with their gender frustration while embarking on the complicated journey of growing up.

To celebrate the launch of the new Fantagraphics manga, Moto Hagio is making her first ever visit to The United States to attend Comic-Con International 2010 as a special guest. More details on a speaking event and panel at the con will be available soon.

Moto Hagio spearheaded the rebellious shōjo movement in the 1970s. She, along with a few other women, formed an artist collective called the "Magnificent 24." Influenced by radical youth culture of the '60s, American and British rock ‘n' roll, and European cinema, these women pioneered the shōjo genre and helped develop the artistic style that so many manga-ka emulate today. Winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award, Seiun Award, Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, Nihon SF Taisho Award and many others, Hagio has earned respect as a Japanese artist superstar and won the hearts of manga fans for the last 40 years.

Shimura Takako is a female manga creator living in Tokyo. Her focus on LGBT issues places her work in a space that's rocked out by The Gossip and on par with Alison Bechdel. Several of Takako's books have been honored with recommendations from the prestigious Japan Media Arts Festival.

For the record...
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagiomangaComing Attractions 8 Mar 2010 12:47 PM

Moto Hagio

...the story that Anime News Network broke and is spreading like wildfire is true.

We'll have a full announcement and press release as soon as tomorrow. Stay tuned, manga-lovers.

First Look: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadComing AttractionsBill Griffith 2 Mar 2010 8:57 PM

Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg

Bill Griffith returned my Facebook friend request just in time for me to catch his post with the original to-be-colored cover art for his next Zippy the Pinhead collection coming later this year.

In the flesh: Abandoned Cars, The Culture Corner
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneComing AttractionsBasil Wolverton 25 Feb 2010 4:54 PM

They're real and they're spectacular:

Abandoned Cars - Tim Lane

The Culture Corner - Basil Wolverton

These are our first advance copies of the softcover edition of Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars (both covers!) and our new Basil Wolverton book The Culture Corner, both coming in April. We'll have better pics for you coming soon.

Things to see: 2/16/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanNoah Van SciverMichael KuppermanMarco CoronaLilli CarréLaura ParkGabrielle BellComing Attractions 16 Feb 2010 4:46 PM

Holy cats!

Steven Weissman sketchbook

• "Purreth"?! Steven Weissman , you genius you

Lilli Carré - from The Believer

Lilli Carré presents a teaser from her comic in the February issue of The Believer (above, a teaser of the teaser)

From Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6 - Michael Kupperman

• Speaking of teasers, Michael Kupperman tweeted this panel from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6 5 minutes after the issue's completion

Flash Rebirth - Noah Van Sciver

• At Covered, Noah Van Sciver interprets his brother Ethan

X-Men - Laura Park

• Speaking of Covered, Laura Park does X-Men #150 for the Covered Art Show

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

• Another "page from the vaults" on Gabrielle Bell's Lucky blog

Marco Corona

Meathaus spotlights the work of Ignatz-er Marco Corona

First Look: Meatcake by Dame Darcy
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dame DarcyComing Attractions 10 Feb 2010 3:16 PM

Meatcake - Dame Darcy

Here's your first glimpse at the final cover art for the new collection of Dame Darcy's Meatcake, coming 'round about May or so. Stay tuned for more details.

Soon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 3 Feb 2010 5:57 PM

Spike

Things to see: 2/2/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThings to seeSteve BrodnerStephen DeStefanoRenee FrenchOlivier SchrauwenJohn HankiewiczJim FloraComing Attractions 2 Feb 2010 2:51 PM

Your periodic roundup of visual stimuli, still in its embryonic stages:

Lucky in Love sketch by Stephen DeStefano

Stephen DeStefano shares some concepts and developmental sketches for his forthcoming Fantagraphics graphic novel Lucky in Love

Two Cups - John Hankiewicz

Two Cups by John Hankiewicz

Charlie Yup & friends by Jim Flora

Charlie Yup and pals from Jim Flora's rarest children's book (about which more info at the link)

The Humanzee - Olivier Schrauwen

The Humanzee by Olivier Schrauwen

Steve Brodner draws Howard Zinn in this video... straight to marker, no pencils, while talking... amazing (more on Zinn on Steve's blog)

• Don't forget Renee French posts new art every day