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A Drunken Dream

Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics)

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In the 1970s, Moto Hagio was part of a wave of female Japanese comic-book creators whose work helped define shojo manga (girls’ comics). Fantagraphics Books has collected 10 different short stories of Hagio’s in one volume, along with an essay and a lengthy interview first printed in The Comics Journal. The stories reflect the effect Hagio and her contemporaries had on the industry---whereas earlier, most comics aimed at girls were formulaic romance stories, in her work, Hagio employed sci-fi, fantasy and humour, along with a fair amount of melodrama. The collection covers a wide span of Hagio’s career---while her earlier work is almost painfully sweet, her later stories demonstrate why her style is so iconic.

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