Rokudenashiko (ろくでなし子)’s comic memoir What Is Obscenity? will be published in English by Koyama Press in collaboration with MASSIVE GOODS! Tom Spurgeon just announced the big news at The Comics Reporter along with a full report on Koyama’s spring slate, which includes exciting new work from Patrick Kyle, Cathy G. Johnson, Aidan Koch and Ben Sears.
Full description from The Comics Reporter:
What Is Obscenity? The True Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy, Rokudenashiko (translation by Anne Ishii), Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins (Editors), Chip Kidd (cover), softcover, 168 pages, 9781927668313, May 2016, $20.
Rokudenashiko’s mission is to demystify female genitalia, a mission that has led to a vulva-shaped kayak and her arrest.
A graphic memoir of a good-for-nothing Japanese artist who has been jailed twice for so-called acts of obscenity and the distribution of pornographic materials yet continues to champion the art of pussy. In a society where one can be censored, pixelated and punished, Rokudenashiko asks what makes pussy so problematic?
Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins and translated by Ishii, a writer, translator and proprietor of the gay manga paraphernalia brand MASSIVE, and with a cover by Chip Kidd, arguably the most well-known and influential designer of the past two decades. This is an incredible package for an incredible story.
Rokudenashiko (“good-for-nothing girl” or “bad girl”) is a Japanese sculptor and mangaka. She is known for her series of decorated vulva moulds, or Deco-Man, a portmanteau of “decorated” and “manko,” which is Japanese slang for vagina. The moulds have taken the shape of dioramas, kawaii characters and a kayak based on a 3D scan of her genitalia, which she dubbed the “pussy boat.” The scan led to her arrest in 2014 for alleged violation of Japanese obscenity laws.
Anne and I are so proud to be a part of this amazing book. We’re honored to have the opportunity to help spread Rokudenashiko’s work and her message far and wide. In addition to the three manga stories from the original book, the English edition includes an interview between Rokudenashiko and director Sion Sono, a new introduction from the artist, and dozens of pages of additional context examining everything from jailhouse lunches to Pipo-kun, the mascot of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
Much more to come! I can’t wait until next May ;)
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