Monday, April 5, 2010

New Manga Publisher on the Block, Fantagraphics.

Actually, the company has been in America for more than 20 years. In 1976, Fantagraphics was born by publishing a trade magazine titled, The Comics Journal. According to the publisher's website, the company "has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature" and "advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn’t know existed or wouldn’t touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists." In another words, underground comics. Now the company is expanding to include manga. Beginning in September 2010, it will publish a collection of short stories titled A Drunken Dream by Moto Hagio. Then in December 2010, a transgendered-centric manga, Wandering Son, by Shimura Takako will become available to all manga-lovers. To learn more about the company and the launch of the new manga line, check out the links below!

Here Comes the Son - Fantagraphics Starts a Manga Line
Written by Jacq Cohen, Fantagraphics Books, Monday, 08 March 2010

Fantagraphics Launches Manga Line With a Collection from a Shojo Pioneer ICv2 Published: 03/09/2010 12:38pm

Fantagraphics Steps into Manga Publishing
Fantagraphics plans a literary manga line
by Kai Ming Cha, Publishers Weekly, 3/15/2010 7:15:50 PM

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