MASSIVE GOODS is a fashion brand, publisher, and creative agency representing queer and feminist artists from Japan. MASSIVE’s mission is to spread iconoclastic artwork addressing gender and sexuality to new audiences and new forms, from museum walls to bodies everywhere.
Founded in 2013 by writer/producer Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, MASSIVE began by making T-shirts with legendary gay manga master Gengoroh Tagame to coincide with the release of the artist’s first English-language book, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, published by PictureBox. Co-edited by Ishii, Kolbeins, and graphic design hero Chip Kidd, The Passion highlights Tagame’s expert draftsmanship and elaborate BDSM-themed erotic fantasies through a selection of short stories and excerpts spanning his career.
What began as a merchandising project soon expanded into a full fashion and lifestyle brand. MASSIVE teamed up with the beloved gay Japanese artist Jiraiya to produce vibrant beach towels and sweatshirts emblazoned with his larger-than-life pin-ups. Jiraiya’s “Best Couple,” an instantly iconic original illustration, depicts the artist’s ideal pair of gachimuchi (muscle-chubby) hunks. The Best Couple led the way to a collaboration with the celebrated fashion brand qua retailer, Opening Ceremony.
MASSIVE for Opening Ceremony’s Summer 2014 capsule collection featured artwork from Jiraiya’s archive of work for G.G. Group (a gachimuchi male escort agency in Japan) on shirts, shorts, towels, and a sex toy by Tenga. The OCxMASSIVE collection garnered critical acclaim from outlets including Out and The New York Times, and a second collection was released the following summer. MASSIVE has since developed collaborations with streetwear brand Mishka NYC and chef Danny Bowien’s restaurant Mission Chinese Food.
Ishii, Kolbeins, and Kidd reunited in late 2014 to produce the omnibus Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, published by Fantagraphics. The editorial team’s Eisner-nominated survey presents an overview of the genre including portraits, interviews, and translated work from nine contemporary gay manga artists. Jiraiya and Tagame’s artwork are featured on the covers and the book introduced into English the work of renowned artists including Seizoh Ebisubashi, Takeshi Matsu, Kumada Poohsuke, and Inu Yoshi.
MASSIVE also publishes limited edition fine art prints and original manga including Jiraiya’s prehistoric romp Caveman Guu and Gengoroh Tagame’s Cretian Cow, a sci-fi tale based on Greek mythology.
MASSIVE continues to work with gay male manga artists while expanding the brand’s focus to include artists from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality. In May 2016, Koyama Press released the MASSIVE-produced English translation of What Is Obscenity?, a manga memoir detailing Tokyo-based artist Rokudenashiko’s obscenity arrest stemming from a 3D data file of her own vagina, which she infamously used to create the world’s first pussy kayak.
You can find us all over the world at comics events, art book fairs, queer street festivals and at finer retail and bookstore outlets near you.