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Gengoroh Tagame

The important gay manga artist in Japanese history, Gengoroh Tagame is one of the only standalone gay erotic artists in the world. His role in queer art practice is matched only by his unprecedented work in the research and archiving of gay art in Japan. He is known mostly as the master of hard-core BDSM art but was the recipient of the highly-coveted Japan Media Council Award for the Arts in 2016 for the all-ages graphic novel My Brother’s Husband, to be published in English in 2017. You can keep up-to-date with his goings on at Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. See all of his back catalog at the official website.

Jiraiya

Jiraiya has had cross-disciplinary appeal as an illustrator and cartoonist through the world, but only in the last two years has his work been officially introduced to Western audiences. Many will recognize his photorealistic portraits of gachimuchi (buff-and-chubby) hunks. His comics style incorporates humor and whimsy to serious and delicate subjects featuring larger-than-life characters, including Seiji and Asakichi, featured in the Best Couple. He’s been the subject of two collections for MASSIVE x Opening Ceremony. You can follow him at his blog.

Seizoh Ebisubashi

Known for his exquisite draughtsmanship, Seizoh Ebisubashi works in analog as well as in digital formats, but all of his work share the endearing qualities of rotund dad-bods and the extremes of multiple player power play and bondage. Ebisubashi is an illustrator from the generation of Tagame and Jiraiya, and works also as a theater director. He posts frequently at his Tumblr where fans can peruse his sketchbooks and updates on publications.

Inu Yoshi

Inu Yoshi is a romantic and his work shows how much so. By day he is a graphic designer for Big Gym–the most expansive gay retailer in Japan–and by trade, he makes comics and art about gay coupledom in all its simple, charming and honest glory. He says he doesn’t consider himself adept at depicting otherworldly  sex, excelling instead at depicting the home-bound intimacy of people in love. Check out his dojinshi and illustrations at the digital manga marketplace Pixiv, and follow his frequent musings via Twitter!