Toronto Comic Arts Festival to Present Premiere of Wandering Son

An Early Look at Fantagraphics Release of Gender Identity Manga

Toronto Comic Arts Festival, scheduled to be held May 7th and 8th at the Toronto Reference Library, announced that the event will be presenting the North American debut of Takako Shimura's manga series Wandering Son, scheduled to be published by Fantagraphics  on July 5th.


Wandering Son: Book 1, by Takako Shimura

The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Written and drawn by one of today’s most critically acclaimed creators of manga, Shimura portrays Shuishi and Yoshino’s very private journey with affection, sensitivity, gentle humor, and unmistakable flair and grace. Volume one introduces our two protagonists and the friends and family whose lives intersect with their own. Yoshino is rudely reminded of her sex by immature boys whose budding interest in girls takes clumsily cruel forms. Shuichi’s secret is discovered by Saori, a perceptive and eccentric classmate. And it is Saori who suggests that the fifth graders put on a production of The Rose of Versailles for the farewell ceremony for the sixth graders — with boys playing the roles of women, and girls playing the roles of men.


Wandering Son is a sophisticated work of literary manga translated with rare skill and sensitivity by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn.

Wandering Son's 2011 anime adaptation is streaming on Crunchyroll under its original title, Hourou Musuko.


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival previously announced that the event will be hosting manga artists Usamaru Furuya, whose Lychee Light Club will also be making its North American debut, and Natsume Ono (House of Five Leaves).


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