queerjapan: The Queer Japan Project is live on Kickstarter!...



queerjapan:

The Queer Japan Project is live on Kickstarter!

Please help us spread the word on social media, and consider donating to this independent documentary providing portraits of artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality in Japan. 

I’m incredibly excited to announce the new documentary project I’ve been working on with Anne Ishii: Queer Japan! The film features a really amazing group of people including:

  • Groundbreaking drag queen, artist, film critic, and renaissance woman Vivienne Sato.
  • Gay manga master and art historian Gengoroh Tagame, whose crossover success with My Brother’s Husband is introducing mainstream manga readers to gay issues.
  • Feminist manko [pussy] artist Rokudenashiko, arrested for her 3D-printed manko kayak last year, and currently fighting obscenity charges from a second arrest in court.
  • HIV activist, writer, and Tagame’s G-men magazine founding editor, Hiroshi Hasegawa
  • Visual artist Nogi Sumiko, dancer Atsushi Matsuda of the renowned Butoh group DAIRAKUDAKAN, and queer theorist/bar owner Masaki C. Matsumoto.

The film will be shot in locations around Japan from April-August 2016, and debut at film festivals next year. We’re looking to raise production funds to tell these fascinating stories and expand the pool of participants to include even more LGBTQ (and beyond) individuals. Through in-depth interviews and slice-of-life vignettes, Queer Japan will celebrate queer expression in Japan in many of its dazzling, prismatic varieties.

Check it out on Kickstarter and please help us get the word out!

<3 Graham

massive-goods: The Contracts of the Fall, 2015Manga by Gengoroh...





















massive-goods:

The Contracts of the Fall, 2015
Manga by Gengoroh Tagame

Genryu was a champion wrestler whose reputation as an undefeated brute preceded him. Upon retirement he started up a small yakiniku joint, serving up grilled meats and his house specialty: hormone (grilled organ meats full of nutrient rich biochemicals). Running a restaurant proves harder than Genryu thought, and he soon finds himself taking out usurious loans from a sadistic loan shark by the name of Momota. The contract they forge to keep his business afloat, soon proves to be the beginning of his downfall.

In the words of Rihanna, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

The Contracts of the Fall includes short stories “Pochi,” “Lover Boy,” and “Die Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman),” alongside the title story.

Publication Date: December 2015
Publisher: Bruno Gmünder
Translation: Anne Ishii
Printed in Europe
$25.00
10″ x 6″ x 0.5″

Get the matching “Collared” T-shirt in Pink or Grey at MASSIVE-GOODS.com!

massive-goods: The Contracts of the Fall, 2015Manga by Gengoroh...





















massive-goods:

The Contracts of the Fall, 2015
Manga by Gengoroh Tagame

Genryu was a champion wrestler whose reputation as an undefeated brute preceded him. Upon retirement he started up a small yakiniku joint, serving up grilled meats and his house specialty: hormone (grilled organ meats full of nutrient rich biochemicals). Running a restaurant proves harder than Genryu thought, and he soon finds himself taking out usurious loans from a sadistic loan shark by the name of Momota. The contract they forge to keep his business afloat, soon proves to be the beginning of his downfall.

In the words of Rihanna, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

The Contracts of the Fall includes short stories “Pochi,” “Lover Boy,” and “Die Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman),” alongside the title story.

Publication Date: December 2015
Publisher: Bruno Gmünder
Translation: Anne Ishii
Printed in Europe
$25.00
10″ x 6″ x 0.5″

Get the matching “Collared” T-shirt in Pink or Grey at MASSIVE-GOODS.com!

The Contracts of the Fall, 2015Manga by Gengoroh TagameGenryu was...





















The Contracts of the Fall, 2015
Manga by Gengoroh Tagame

Genryu was a champion wrestler whose reputation as an undefeated brute preceded him. Upon retirement he started up a small yakiniku joint, serving up grilled meats and his house specialty: hormone (grilled organ meats full of nutrient rich biochemicals). Running a restaurant proves harder than Genryu thought, and he soon finds himself taking out usurious loans from a sadistic loan shark by the name of Momota. The contract they forge to keep his business afloat, soon proves to be the beginning of his downfall.

In the words of Rihanna, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

The Contracts of the Fall includes short stories “Pochi,” “Lover Boy,” and “Die Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman),” alongside the title story.

Publication Date: December 2015
Publisher: Bruno Gmünder
Translation: Anne Ishii
Printed in Europe
$25.00
10″ x 6″ x 0.5″

Get the matching “Collared” T-shirt in Pink or Grey at MASSIVE-GOODS.com!

gaymanga: Rokudenashiko (ろくでなし子)’s comic memoir What Is...



gaymanga:

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 ;)