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Gengoroh Tagame

Gengoroh Tagame was born in 1964 and lives in Tokyo. After graduating from Tama University of Art, Tagame worked in Art Direction while writing manga and prose fiction, contributing illustrations for various magazines. In 1994 he co-founded the epochal G-Men Magazine and by 1996 he was working full-time as an openly gay artist. He is the author of countless graphic novels which have been translated to English, French, Italian and Korean, among other languages. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries across Europe and America. My Brother’s Husband, published by Pantheon in 2017, marks his first all ages title and for this work, the country’s Agency of Cultural Affairs awarded him a Japan Media Arts Award for Outstanding Work of Manga.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 several years has his work been officially introduced to Western audiences. Many will recognize his photorealistic portraits of gachimuchi (buff-and-chubby) hunks that grace G-men magazine covers from 1999 to 2009, and flyers for sex positive gay establishments and organizations throughout Japan. He is based in Sapporo Japan. 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!