Otherworld Barbara
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Moto Hagio, Rachel Thorn

Otherworld Barbara

On sale date: August 9, 2016

In this classic science fiction thriller by one of the most influential manga writer-artists of all time, there are dream pilots, murderous cannibal nine-year-olds, and more.

Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the first volume (of two) of Moto Hagio’s Otherworld Barbara, in which Tokio discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there’s a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado… Hagio offers a sci-fi explanation for these seemingly random paranormal elements, and makes it all matter with believable characters in complex and subtle relationships.This book won the“Nebula Award of Japan” (Nihon SF Taisho Award) in 2006.


“Moto Hagio is a legend in Japan, but her work has been surprisingly difficult to find in English translation. Publishers seem to feel her sci-fi-tinged girls’ comics and sensual homosexual romances would be a hard sell in America. But thanks to the tireless advocacy of translator, manga scholar, and Hagio fan [Rachel] Thorn, Fantagraphics has released a compilation of single-issue stories, one series, and now this twisty tale of a scientist who enters a young girl’s dreams to solve a crime. Pick up a copy to whet your appetite for (hopefully) more Hagio books to come.” — Book Riot

“A gripping, supernaturally infused sci-fi thriller. Hagio, one of the mothers of shojo and josei manga, is very much on her game, making this complex, exciting story a dream to read.” — Booklist

“Hagio's artwork is a top selling point.” — MyM

“Dream pilots explore the dreamworlds of others in this beautifully drawn sci-fi manga by one of Japan’s most celebrated manga creators.” — The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog


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7.4" × 9.9"