Manga Creators Moto Hagio and Keiji Nakazawa Nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame

Comic-Con International has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creators Moto Hagio and Keiji Nakazawa for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2020. Hagio and Nakazawa are part of a selection of 14 nominees, four of whom will be selected by vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Other nominees for this year include Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Don Heck, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Francoise Mouly, Thomas Nast, Lily Renée Wilhelm Peters Phillips, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Don and Maggie Thompson, James Warren, and Bill Watterson.

Hagio is a pioneer of shōjo and shōnen-ai manga, and her works helped establish conventions of these and other fields. Hagio’s They Were Eleven, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, A,A’, The Heart of Thomas, Otherworld Barbara, and The Poe Clan manga have English releases. Her Lil’ Leo manga has an English release planned.

Nakazawa is the creator of the Barefoot Gen manga about the Hiroshima atomic bombing and aftermath. Nakazawa was born in Hiroshima in 1939. At the age of 6, he survived the 1945 Hiroshima bombing and the loss of most of his immediate family — his father, older sister, younger brother, and younger sister. Only he, his mother, and two brothers who were not at home survived.

After graduating from middle school in 1954, Nakazawa moved to Tokyo in 1961 and became a published manga creator at the age of 24 in 1963. Last Gasp Publishing republished the Barefoot Gen manga in North America. Nakazawa passed away in 2012.

Creative professionals working in the comics or related industries, publishers, editors, retailers (comics store owner or manager), graphic novels librarians, and comics historians/educators can vote online now for four nominees, and the vote will continue until March 13, 2020. The award ceremony will be held at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego event from July 23-26, 2020.

Source: ANN

Poe Clan Unicorn Manga to Resume in March 2019

The January 2019 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Flowers magazine has announced that Moto Hagio’s Poe no Ichizoku Unicorn (The Poe Clan Unicorn) manga will return from its hiatus in the magazine’s May 2019 issue on March 28, 2018.

Hagio launched the series in Monthly Flowers magazine on May 28, 2018, but went on hiatus on July 28, 2018. The story of the manga takes place 40 years after Edgar and Allan go to London and disappear in a fire.

The original The Poe Clan manga is a fantasy series that depicts several short stories revolving around a young vampire named Edgar who has lived for over 200 years.

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The Poe Clan Unicorn Manga to Go on Hiatus and Return in Spring 2019

The September 2018 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Flowers magazine has announced that Moto Hagio’s Poe no Ichizoku Unicorn (The Poe Clan Unicorn) manga will go on hiatus and resume in the magazine in Spring 2019.

Hagio launched the series in Monthly Flowers magazine on May 28, 2018. The story of the manga takes place 40 years after Edgar and Allan go to London and disappear in a fire.

Source: ANN

Fantagraphics Books Licenses The Poe Clan Manga

Fantagraphics Books announced at the Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable panel at San Diego Comic-Con that it has licensed Moto Hagio’s Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga. The company will begin releasing the manga in print in late 2019 to early 2020. Rachel Matt Thorn will translate the manga.

The original manga is a fantasy series that depicts several short stories revolving around a young vampire named Edgar who has lived for over 200 years. The series is set in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Shogakukan published the manga’s five compiled volumes from 1974 to 1976.

Hagio recently wrote two new chapters for the manga titled “Poe no Ichizoku: Haru no Yume.” The first chapter debuted in Shogakukan’s Monthly Flowers magazine in May 2016, and the second chapter debuted in May 2017. A compiled book volume for the new chapters shipped in July 2017.

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Queen Margot Manga to Go on Hiatus

The January 2018 issue of Shueisha’s Monthly You magazine has announced that Moto Hagio’s Ōhi Marugo (Queen Margot) manga will go on hiatus until the magazine’s September 2018 issue, which will ship in August 2018.

The title takes place in 16th-century France and tells the story of the historical Margaret of Valois, who dreams of marrying a handsome prince, but her fate is upended by the religious turmoil in Europe.

Hagio launched the manga in August 2012. Shueisha published the fifth compiled volume in January 2017.

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New Poe no Ichizoku Manga to Launch on May 28, 2018

The January 2018 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Flowers magazine has announced that Moto Hagio’s planned new Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga will launch in the magazine’s July 2018 issue on May 28, 2018.

The original manga is a fantasy series that depicts several short stories revolving around a young vampire named Edgar who has lived for over 200 years. The original manga takes place in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Shogakukan published the manga’s five compiled volumes between 1974-1976.

Source: ANN

Manga Creator Moto Hagio Wins Asahi Prize

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper has announced the recipients of its Asahi Prize for fiscal year 2016. The Asahi Shimbun Foundation selected shōjo manga creator Moto Hagio for the prize along with two other individuals and a group of scientists.

The prize was established in 1929 and “honors distinguished individuals and groups in academics, arts and other fields who have contributed to advancements in Japanese culture and society.” The foundation chose Hagio “for her innovative approach to drawing manga for young girls.”

Hagio published the first of two planned new chapters for her Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga in 2016, marking the first new chapter in the manga in 40 years. According to The Asahi Shimbun, the new chapter quickly sold out in bookstores around Japan.

Hagio’s They Were Eleven, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, A,A’, The Heart of Thomas, and Otherworld Barbara manga have English releases.

Source: ANN