The indispensable Gia Mangry of Anime Vice spotted some intriguing listings on Amazon (while everyone else was pouncing on hardcovers), including a much-desired license request. I also got word of another manga offering from Fantagraphics in the form of a short story collection by the inimitable Moto Hagio. And just now, Dirk Deppey has revealed what’s behind these listings:

“Fantagraphics has signed an agreement with Shogakukan to launch a full manga line edited and curated by Matt Thorn.”

Fantagraphics wins spring.

Reactions and coverage:

  • Anime News Network
  • Deb (About.Com) Aoki interviews Gary (Fantagraphics) Groth
  • Melinda (Manga Bookshelf) Beasi, plus follow-up thoughts
  • Michael (NonSensical Words) Buntag
  • Chris (Comics212) Butcher
  • Kai-Ming (boiled egg) Cha
  • Dirk (Journalista) Deppey
  • Johanna (Manga Worth Reading) Draper Carlson
  • Fantagraphics, with the news that Moto Hagio will attend this year’s Comic-Con International, plus a follow-up piece with lots of reaction links
  • Sean Gaffney of A Case Suitable for Treatment
  • Shaenon Garrity at The Comics Journal blog
  • Rich (Bleeding Cool) Johnston
  • Simon (Icarus Publishing) Jones
  • Heidi (The Beat) MacDonald
  • Gia (Anime Vice) Manry
  • Publishers Weekly Comics Week
  • Robot 6 breaking news, along with a follow-up piece
  • Robot 6 interview with Matt Thorn
  • Khursten (Otaku Champloo) Santos
  • Michelle (Manga Recon) Smith
  • Tom (The Comics Reporter) Spurgeon
  • Matt Thorn
  • Matt Thorn’s interview with Moto Hagio from The Comics Journal #269, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four