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Moto Hagio's Otherworld Barbara Manga Listed From Fantagraphics

posted on by Karen Ressler
Sci-fi manga slated for August 2016

Online retailer Amazon is listing a hardcover English release of the first volume of Moto Hagio's Otherworld Barbara manga for August 21, 2016. Fantagraphics is listed as the publisher and Matt Thorn is listed as the translator. The volume will cost US$39.99.

The listing describes the manga:

Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the first volume (of two) of Moto Hagio's Otherworld Barbara, in which Tokio discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there's a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado… Hagio offers a sci-fi explanation for these seemingly random paranormal elements, and makes it all matter with believable characters in complex and subtle relationships.This book won the "Nebula Award of Japan" (Nihon SF Taisho Award) in 2006.

Fantagraphics has released other manga titles by Hagio, including Heart of Thomas (Thomas no Shinzō) and A Drunken Dream and Other Stories.

In 2012, the Japanese government awarded Hagio the Medal With Purple Ribbon, which honors academic and artistic achievement. She launched her ongoing manga Ōhi Marugo (Queen Margot) manga later that year.

[Via Brian Ruh]

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