Forty years ago, the legendary manga artist Moto Hagio reinvented the shōjo (girls' comics) genre with an ongoing series of whip-smart, psychologically complex, and tenderly poetic stories. Here, now, in English for the very first time, as the debut release in Fantagraphics Books' ambitious manga line of graphic novels, are ten of the very best of these tales.
The work in A Drunken Dream and Other Stories spans Hagio's entire career, from 1970's "Bianca" to 2007's "The Willow Tree," and includes the mind-bending, full-color title story; the famously heartbreaking "Iguana Girl"; and the haunting "The Child Who Comes Home" — as well as "Autumn Journey," "Girl on Porch With Puppy," the eerie conjoined-twins shocker "Hanshin: Half-God," "Angel Mimic," and one of the saddest of all romance stories, "Marié, Ten Years Later."
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is supplemented with a feature-length interview with Hagio, where she discusses her art, her career, and her life with the same combination of wit, candor and warmth that radiates from every panel of her comics.
Download an EXCLUSIVE excerpt with "Bianca," the first story, in its entirety (1.8 MB PDF), plus a 31-page PDF preview (4.8 MB) with pages from each story.
"Once the folks at Fantagraphics decided to dip their toes in the manga pool, they didn’t mess around,
choosing to launch their new manga line with this collection of short stories from one of the most
influential creators of manga for women. Not a retrospective of a waning master, the book instead
showcases a career four decades in the making that remains vibrant and relevant today. Hagio’s stories are
infused with dark emotions — longing, jealousy, remorse — that are instantly identifiable and, hence, often
uncomfortable to confront."
– Eva Volin, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Moto Hagio is a genius and leader in the style of shojo manga (comics for women readers). [...] The stories aren't about make-up and kitties, though. They're actually deep, complicated, and often deal with family relationships. At times, the works can be a bit abstract, as well, using allegories and plenty of symbolism. In the end, Moto's work has no need to be categorized as any different from any other realistic manga. Bound in hardcover format with gold foil, this amazing collection deserves a place in any serious manga reader's collection." – Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot
"The stories here are plucked from [Hagio's] sea of accomplishments, span four decades, and feature such common themes as friendship, siblings, death, the woods, the future, and love. Most come across as either quite poignant, deliciously odd, or frickin' creepy." – Whitney Dwire, Bust
"Hagio Moto remains one of the most
criminally undertranslated mangaka
to have barely made an impression on the English-language manga
market. It is criminal because of the profundity of her impact on the
art form in Japan as it hit a crucial
development phase in the 1970s.
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is... a down payment on
the exploration of that legacy as it
collects a number of short pieces
that hint at the span and depth
of her work..." – Rob Vollmarr, World Literature Today