Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories

Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories

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Fantagraphics Books is proud to launch its manga line with MotoHagio's collection of short comics, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories.Hagio is one of Japan's most influential and critically lauded comicsinnovators; she has been reinventing shojo manga (Japanese comics marketed at10-18 year-old girls) since 1969. Unconstrained by boundaries of genre, she hassculpted a career characterized by intellectual curiosity, psychologicalauthenticity, and an esthetic sense that has elevated the shojo genre into theliterary. In "Autumn Journey" (1971), a boy's pilgrimage tothe home of his favorite author has more meaning than either the author or hisdaughter can imagine. In "Marie, Ten Years Later" (1977), twoestranged friends learn too late how their actions had destroyed the balance ofa perfect triad of intimacy. In "A Drunken Dream" (1980), twoscientists--one a hermaphrodite, the other a tribal priest--meet on aspace station orbiting Io; but they have met before and are destined to meetagain. In "Iguana Girl" (1991), a girl who appears to her mother andherself to be a hideous anthropoid iguana struggles to overcome hermother's rejection and find happiness ... but her mother has a secret.Learn for yourself why the creator of They Were Eleven! (adapted into an animereleased on DVD in 2005) continues to garner international critical praise andappeals to readers across ages and generations.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2010
ISBN: 9781606993774
Characteristics: 256, xxix pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 ; cm
Alternative Title: Drunken dream and other stories


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Feb 25, 2018

This book is a collection of Moto Hagio's better known short stories. Moto Hagio is an instrumental figure in the Japanese "woman's comics" movement. Her stories tend to focus on darker emotions, often those of feeling "not pretty enough" or otherwise inadequate when compared to other women. Some of these stories date back to the 1970's so the art feels a bit dated. *Iguana Girl* was my favorite story in this collection.

leah_p Jul 11, 2013

This anthology of Moto Hagio's pioneering work in shojo manga is well worth the read, however, some stories feel like they are bigger than the pages allotted to them (A Drunken Dream) and so come off as overly sentimental or obvious (Bianca). What may contribute to that feeling is the translation into English; often the essence of some phrases or words cannot be adequately translated. Nevertheless, this is a great read.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

This 10-story anthology shifts from young romance to supernatural mystery to kitchen-sink drama, so there will probably be a touchstone tale for everyone. “Iguana Girl” — about two sisters, one human and one reptilian — is oddly appealing and surprisingly bittersweet. And its message about acceptance is subtle, not saccharine. The stories are black and white, save for the science-fiction tale “A Drunken Dream,” which is rendered in muted watercolors.


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Jan 15, 2012

Forty years ago, the legendary manga artist Moto Hagio reinvented the shoujo (girl's comics) genre with an ongoing series of whipsmart, 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-colour title story; the famously heartbreaking "Iguana Girl"; and the haunting "The Child Who Comes Home" - as well as "Autumn Journey," "Girl on the Porch with Puppy," the eerie conjoined-twins shocker "Hanshin: Half God,"Angel Mimic," and one of the saddest of all romance stories, "Marie, Ten Years Later."

"A Drunken Dream and Oyher 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.


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