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Category >> Matt Thorn

Daily OCD: 3/11/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaFantagraphics historyDame Darcyaudio 11 Mar 2010 3:17 PM

It's today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio

Commentary: At Manga Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson comments on our recent manga publishing news, saying "I’m expecting great things."

The Comics Journal #269

Interview: At The Comics Journal, part 3 of Matt Thorn's Moto Hagio interview from TCJ #269

Dame Darcy

Interview: On KBOO Community Radio's "Words and Pictures" program, host S.W. Conser welcomes Dame Darcy for a half-hour chat

Pictopia #3 (Unpublished)

History: At Comics Comics, Jeet Heer gives a brief overview and critical commentary on Fantagraphics anthologies throughout the years: "Any complete history of Fantagraphics will have to tell the story of how they slowly learned to put together interesting anthologies."

Daily OCD: 3/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalStephen DixonstaffreviewsMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaJohnny RyanJacques TardiDaily OCD 10 Mar 2010 3:53 PM

A healthy helping of Online Commentary & Diversions:

Escape from

List: At The Manga Curmudgeon, David Welsh writes "So you’re among the legion of people who are grateful to Fantagraphics for their recently announced manga initiative, to be curated by Matt Thorn. Who isn’t? I know I am. And you may want to express that gratitude by buying something that Fantagraphics has published. If your comics interests rest primarily in titles from Japan, you may not have sampled other works published by Fantagraphics, so here are some books for your consideration."

Prison Pit: Book 1

Review: "Amazingly, I was sucked in by the whole enterprise, laughing and groaning and shaking my head. ... It’s scarcely what I would call 'elegant in its simplicity' but with subject matter like this photo-realistic art and emotional weight aren’t called for. These are ugly characters in a gross situation, and Prison Pit treats them with all the indulgence and nastiness needed." – Mark Hale, The Bureau Chiefs

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Review: "Taken as a whole, Newave presents a portrait of an era that might otherwise be overlooked as a vital link between, say, Zap and Eightball. ... [T]he book is a veritable treasure trove of material that would otherwise have been lost to the ages. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s a hell of fun read." – Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch

What Is All This? - Stephen Dixon

Pre-review: At Trouble with Comics, Alan David Doane takes a look at our preview sampler galley of the forthcoming Stephen Dixon story collection: "What Is All This, based on my reading of this short and enticing preview, looks to be one of the most exciting and intriguing fiction releases of the decade. That I’ve only had a chance to read less than a quarter of its 450 pages is maddening, and thrilling. I can’t wait to read the rest of what Dixon has in store."

It Was the War  of the Trenches [Pre-Order]

Profile: Jordan Hurder writes an appreciation of Jacques Tardi titled "Tardi is Really, Really, Really, Really Rad"

The Comics Journal #269

Interiew: The Comics Journal website presents part 2 of Matt Thorn's interview with Moto Hagio reprinted from TCJ #269

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio

Opinion: At The Comics Journal, Shaenon Garrity's reaction to our manga publishing news and appreciation of Moto Hagio is a must-read: "Is there an animated gif of a unicorn with the head of Jason Shiga devouring the universe and exploding? Because that might just about express the awesomeness of this development."

The Last Vispo - Dirk Krecker

Staff: Selections from the forthcoming anthology The Last Vispo, co-edited by our own Nico Vassilakis, will be on exhibit at the Common Ground Art Gallery in Windsor, Ontario, opening this Saturday, March 13 — more info from Crg Hill or on the Facebook event invitation (above example by Dirk Krecker)

TCJ.com presents the Moto Hagio interview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalMoto HagioMatt Thornmanga 9 Mar 2010 2:44 PM

The Comics Journal No. 269 - Moto Hagio

In light of our publishing announcement yesterday, the editors of The Comics Journal website have wisely chosen today to present the first in a four-part online serialization of Matt Thorn's feature interview with manga-ka Moto Hagio from TCJ #269.

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

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