The cover to The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga by Anne Ishii, Chip Kidd, and Graham Kolbeins, featuring the title and names in black, red, and white against a blue background. A black circle contains the words "Volume 1" in blue and white. Below the title is an illustration of a dark-haired and mustached man tied up with a gag in his mouth, pictured from the shoulders up. He looks at the camera as if waiting for the viewer to proceed.
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Gengoroh Tagame, Edmund White, Chip Kidd, Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins

The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga Vol. 1

On sale date: July 12, 2022

A classic comics collection from "The Tom of Finland of Japan," now in paperback!

The often violent, visceral, and always provocative style of Japanese manga legend Gengoroh Tagame, one of the originators of Japanese bear culture, comes to life like never before in The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, a new edition of the artist's first English-language collection. Known as "The Tom of Finland of Japan," Tagame is celebrated around the world for his groundbreaking work, noted for its masterfully crafted imagery and unbridled exploration of bondage, lust, passion, and romance. This first English paperback edition includes ten short stories dating from the late 1990s to the early 2010s, with an introduction by celebrated novelist and biographer Edmund White, as well as an essay and new jacket design by acclaimed novelist and graphic designer Chip Kidd. Featuring intense, explicit, over-the-top scenes of BDSM among hypermasculine men, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is a must-have for Tagame fans, as well as fans of bear cultures in general. Produced by veteran "Japanist" Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, the book also contains sixteen full-page color illustrations.

(Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga, and reads back to front and right to left.)


"Pitch perfect….A carnal explosion….Tagame's art ultimately surpasses genre." — Lambda Literary

"[Tagame] demonstrates the ways in which sex and sexuality touch every aspect of our lives, and the way those things are, in turn, touched by other aspects of life." — The AV Club

"A formidable book: visually powerful, directly engaging and stuffed with forcefully-told stories." — The Comics Reporter

"Mishima meets Mapplethorpe….meticulously drawn." — Hazlitt


Paperback / Softback
7.1" × 10.1"