official word came out: Fantagraphics is working with Shogakukan-- VIZ co-owner whose works are usually considered unavailable by other publishers --to start a full manga line that will be edited by Matt Thorn. Actually, the official word also says it will be "curated" by Matt Thorn, which along with the intriguing gender identity drama Wandering SOn should tell you a bit about the kind of line it will be.
Moto Hagio is considered by many to be the "founding mother" of modern shoujo manga, a member of the prominent "Year 24 Group" who debuted in 1969, and she continues to work to this day-- she celebrated her 40th year as a professional mangaka in 2009. However, relatively few of her works have been translated into English: the short story Hanshin was published in an issue of The Comics Journal, as well as the short story They Were Eleven. The single-volume shoujo sci-fi A, A' was released by VIZ Media some time back, along with two other stories.
Why am I talking up Hagio so much? Because it's also just been announced that she'll be a guest at Comic-Con International this year! You know what that means-- I'll (hopefully!) have a shot at interviewing her! I'm particularly curious on her perspective about how the manga industry has changed-- and how it's stayed the same! --since she debuted.
What would YOU ask someone like Moto Hagio?