The indispensable Gia Mangry of Anime Vice spotted
some intriguing listings on Amazon (while everyone else was pouncing on hardcovers), including a much-desired license request. I also got word of another manga offering from Fantagraphics in the form of a short story collection by the inimitable Moto Hagio. And just now, Dirk Deppey has revealed what’s behind these listings:
“Fantagraphics has signed an agreement with Shogakukan to launch a full manga line edited and curated by Matt Thorn.”
Fantagraphics wins spring.
Reactions and coverage:
Anime News Network
Deb (About.Com) Aoki interviews Gary ( Fantagraphics) Groth
Melinda (Manga Bookshelf) Beasi, plus follow-up thoughts
Michael (NonSensical Words) Buntag
Chris (Comics212) Butcher
Kai-Ming (boiled egg) Cha
Dirk (Journalista) Deppey
Johanna (Manga Worth Reading) Draper Carlson
Fantagraphics, with the news that Moto Hagio will attend this year’s Comic-Con International, plus a follow-up piece with lots of reaction links
Sean Gaffney of A Case Suitable for Treatment
Shaenon Garrity at The Comics Journal blog
Rich (Bleeding Cool) Johnston
Simon (Icarus Publishing) Jones
Heidi (The Beat) MacDonald
Gia (Anime Vice) Manry
Publishers Weekly Comics Week
Robot 6 breaking news, along with a follow-up piece
Robot 6 interview with Matt Thorn
Khursten (Otaku Champloo) Santos
Michelle (Manga Recon) Smith
Tom (The Comics Reporter) Spurgeon
Matt Thorn Matt Thorn’s interview with Moto Hagio from
The Comics Journal #269, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
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I’ll spare you the 15 minutes of whooping and sqeeing that this announcement provoked.
Sooo… Wishlist time! With Thorn on board Poem of wind and tree is an obvious candidate, though I hear that the reason no-one has bagged it already is that Shogakukan is asking for oodles of cash. But still, we can dream. For Hagio my most desired series would be A cruel god reigns, which at 17 volumes of ANGST! and torment is an outside bet at best, but it does have substantial critic-cred (and it’s BL-flavored and could be crossmarketed to the fujoshi).
Let’s not forget that “Hourou Musuko” is actually an Enterbrain property, so whatever deal Fantagraphics has with Shogakukan doesn’t seem to be an exclusive one.
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I found it sort of funny that the license request for Wandering Son was inspired by one of the people who was probably already involved in bringing it over at that time 😉
Still, congrats on getting another one filled ^^
Thanks! I’m hoping this means that Otherworld Barbara will be next.
I’m also waiting for Song of Wind in Trees – Keiko Takemiya. But I’m guessing that only about 10k would sell were it licensed. Simply not enough to rationalize oodles of cash 0_0
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