Curiosity and transphobia collide in the latest volume of Fantagraphics' critically acclaimed manga about a boy who wants to be a girl, and a girl who wants to be a boy.
In Volume 8, Nitori-kun, a boy who wants to be a girl, explores kissing with girlfriend Anna-chan; and Yoshino-san, a girl who wants to be a boy, finds the courage to go to school wearing a boy's uniform. Meanwhile, one of their male classmates, Doi-kun, who has caused our protagonists misery in the past, becomes intrigued with their grown-up friend Yuki-san, a transwoman. But Nitori-kun finds himself strangely drawn to Doi-kun…
Shimura Takako's Wandering Son has been rightly hailed as one of the most progressive and enlightened treatments of gender identity in the history of comics. The eighth volume continues to explore the lives of its characters with insight and sensitivity.
NYC - Spreading the message of big, burly, and cuddly gay erotic manga isn't an easy job, but someone has to do it. Continuing their holy pilgrimage to bring Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It to the world is editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd. For this stretch of their gospel, they're heading to one of the most wonderful bookstores in the world, Kinokuniya. If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.
Such an iconic place is the perfect location for a night of massive fun on February 25th, at 6 PM. Bring your money to buy a fresh new copy, or haul in your already well worn and broken in one for a signing by the amazing team.
This book has proven to be a critical and fan favorite, as you intimately get to know some of the most iconic creators of the transformative gay erotic manga genre. Candid interviews, photographs, and of course their comics, make this anthology a must have for any fans of art, art history, or if you're just curious about what this world is all about.
London, EN - Set primarly in England, this is a homecoming of sorts for the beautiful and provacative,The Late Child and Other Animals, the newest work from Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger. The pair will be at Gosh! Comics in London at 7 PM to guest host the comics discussion group, Process. Given the depth of topics explored in Late Child, processing might be an understatment, but there's not greater time and place to explore and digest this title-fight of a novel. (More Details)
New York, NY - Tonight! Need to learn about a brilliant artist while also grabbing a bite to eat? Then you'll love this event that we've co-sponsored with the School of Visual Arts in NYC to bring you, Jonah Kinigstein:The Emperor's New Clothes: The Tower of Babel of the "Art" World. This happy hour and reception is only $10, and includes a buffet to satiate your tummy, while his pen and ink masterworks satiate your eyes and brain. His new work being released soon by FU Press, and features elaborate compositions that skewer artists, curators, and critics alike. The reception runs from 5-10 PM, and is sure to help you get through the rest of your week. (More Details)
Friday, January 16th
Rhinebeck, NY - Lucy Knisley can't get enough of traveling, which is why she's pilgrimaging to her roots in Rhinebeck, NY for a reception and launch party of her newest travelogue, Displacement. Juxtaposed perfectly against her previous book, An Age of License, Displacement gives a profound and real insight into learning to let yourself go while having to care for others, and watching someone you once knew slip away. Oblong Books and Music will be hosting an entertaining evening of book celebration, where you'll be able to pick up these new titles from the NYT's Best Selling author herself! FREE! Begins at 7 pm. (More Details)
Sunday, January 18th
New York, NY - The response to Massive has been, well, massive! To show our appreciation for those who support this book, and support the artists who made it possible, editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer Chip Kidd will be at the famous McNally Jackson bookstore in New York to celebrate its release. Massive is about the history and art of gay manga and the men who make it, and this launch party is about the people who love it! Stop by after 7 pm for a signing and a good time. They will also have some of the wildly popular line of Massive tshirts for sale. Most of them are sold out online, so could someone pick me up a sweatshirt, size small? Thanks! (More Details)
Tuesday, January 20th
Philadelphia, PA - Missed the event in NYC? Had so much fun you wanted to go to another one? You're welcome either way! The East Coast tour is just getting started, and now Philadelphia will be welcoming the Massive team warmly at Giovanni's Room, a world-class LGBT bookstore and AID's Thrift-store charity. Books, tshirts, and smiling faces await you this Tuesday when you stop by to explore the art and history of gay erotic manga. Sounds like a pretty normal Tuesday to me! Join us from 6-8 pm. (More Details)
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers.
Giovanni's Roomof Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.
Giovanni's Room 345 South 12th Street 215.923.2960
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. McNally Jackson Books of New York invites you to visit this world for a night on Sunday, January 18th when the editors and designers behind the anthology gather for release party. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. The gang will also have some shirts (see below!) on sale and some
Whether you are previously a fan of gay manga or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From Jiraiya to Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa to Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga.
Check out the crazy fun that was had a that the Massive release party in Tokyo! Safe for work if you work at like an underwear store, have a cool boss or can articulate how modern gay manga relates to your job as [insert job here].
Massive editor (and former Director of Marketing & Publicity for Vertical, Inc.), Anne Ishii lists her career highlights as publishing The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (Picturebox), translation of the 10-volume series Detroit Metal City (Viz), Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She also co-created and curates Massive Merch: Gay Paraphernalia with Graham Kolbeins.
Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers which screened at Outfest (radqueers.com); Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at Massive Merch and is the editor of the blog Gay Manga!.
Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It has landed on our desks! This is something we've quite been looking forward to (ahem) reviewing. Besides the gorgeous artwork, ranging from softcore to hide-the-children explicit, every chapter focuses on a single artist, showing photos of their workspaces, interviews, and essays on what it's like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.
More previews are coming your way next week, and don't forget to pre-order Massive for a December delivery. Who knows, this could be the perfect, ah, stocking stuffer for a friend.
Finally! Nine months after our announcement and catalog listing for Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It—an English-language anthology of renowned gay erotic manga artists—we have the finished cover art for your viewing pleasure! We couldn't be more excited to introduce this first-of-its-kind book, collecting photographs, essays, interviews, and illustrated work of nine of Japan's most renowned artists making work for the gay male audience. Edited by writer/translator Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, the book will take you deep (ahem) into an aspect of Japanese subculture that is still fairly unknown in the English-speaking world.
Shimura Takako’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved Wandering Son continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students in our 7th volume. Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn’t congratulate Chiba-san — she’d be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?
Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"
Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.
Shimura Takako's groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved series continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students.
"It's a very sweet manga with realistic characters—no dead parents or crazy teachers, just ordinary, loving families and supportive friends. This manga is...worth every penny." – Brigid Alverson, MTV.com