Moto shôjo mojo

December 4, 2006

Dirk Deppey points to a ComiPress blurb on Moto Hagio, who received an award for Otherworld Barbara, her most recent work. I seem to be in a mode where I really can’t shut up about Hagio, even though I’ve only read one of her works (A, A1).

Anyway, all of the recent discussion about DC’s new Minx line and its efforts to attract teen girls got me thinking about what I’ve read about the evolution of shôjo and some of the events that turned comics for girls into a creative and commercial force in Japan, so I tried to put those thoughts into some coherent form for this week’s column. I don’t think I was entirely successful, but that’s never stopped me before.

And it gave me another chance to beg for a translation of Rose of Versailles.