Tokyo Recap: Kaigai Manga Festival Edition! Although it only used...















Tokyo Recap: Kaigai Manga Festival Edition!

Although it only used a fraction of the space that Comiket occupies at Tokyo Big Sight, I felt overwhelmed at first, by the size and scope of Kaigai. I was happy to discover that in the middle of this huge hall, there’s a small roped off “library” area with sample books from each of the vendors scattered on tabletops. The tables each correspond to a grouping of tables, so if you find something you like you can go track it down fairly easily. On one of these tables, the beautifully rendered work of Neru no Daisuki (ネルノダイスキ) stood out to me– so I went to the  corresponding quadrant and picked up a copy from him in person. 

While working the MASSIVE booth, mangaka and zinester Yuutan (夕タン) took a picture of Anne and me and gave us free copies of her endearing and abstract slice-of-life manga series, Yocchi. I found her table later and bought another installment of Yocchi’s comical adventures. 

I got a couple great publications from Christopher and Miles at the TCAF booth, including a beautiful Taiyo Matsumoto exhibition catalogue!

Gengoroh Tagame introduced me to his friend Zin (a.k.a. Creed), a female mangaka who’s had a fascinating career spanning a number of genres. Most recently she’s been drawing manga for gay magazines like Comic G.G. and self-published doujinshi with male-male subject matter. Her sexy and charming work can be found on Pixiv and Tumblr, and for sale digitally on BOOTH!

Tokyo Recap: Kaigai Manga Festival Edition! Although it only used...















Tokyo Recap: Kaigai Manga Festival Edition!

Although it only used a fraction of the space that Comiket occupies at Tokyo Big Sight, I felt overwhelmed at first, by the size and scope of Kaigai. I was happy to discover that in the middle of this huge hall, there’s a small roped off “library” area with sample books from each of the vendors scattered on tabletops. The tables each correspond to a grouping of tables, so if you find something you like you can go track it down fairly easily. On one of these tables, the beautifully rendered work of Neru no Daisuki (ネルノダイスキ) stood out to me– so I went to the  corresponding quadrant and picked up a copy from him in person. 

While working the MASSIVE booth, mangaka and zinester Yuutan (夕タン) took a picture of Anne and me and gave us free copies of her endearing and abstract slice-of-life manga series, Yocchi. I found her table later and bought another installment of Yocchi’s comical adventures. 

I got a couple great publications from Christopher and Miles at the TCAF booth, including a beautiful Taiyo Matsumoto exhibition catalogue!

Gengoroh Tagame introduced me to his friend Zin (a.k.a. Creed), a female mangaka who’s had a fascinating career spanning a number of genres. Most recently she’s been drawing manga for gay magazines like Comic G.G. and self-published doujinshi with male-male subject matter. Her sexy and charming work can be found on Pixiv and Tumblr, and for sale digitally on BOOTH!

MASSIVEが11月23日に海外マンガフェスタに行きます!日本で初めてお祭りに参加することがワクワクしています。児雷也と田亀源五...







MASSIVEが11月23日に海外マンガフェスタに行きます!日本で初めてお祭りに参加することがワクワクしています。児雷也田亀源五郎含めゲイ漫画家による衣類や本が利用可能になります。東京のファンの皆様、ぜひ挨拶しに来てね!

11月23日
11:00 - 16:00
東京ビッグサイト
東4ホール


MASSIVE will participate in the Kaigai Manga Festival on November 23rd, 2014! We’re thrilled to bring MASSIVE to Japan for the first time in a festival appearance. Clothing and books by gay manga artists including Jiraiya and Gengoroh Tagame will be available. Come out and say hello, Tokyo! 

November 23, 2014
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tokyo Big Sight
East Hall 4 

P.S. Our friends from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival will also be at Kaigai Manga Festival. Don’t miss the TCAF booth!

MASSIVEが11月23日に海外マンガフェスタに行きます!日本で初めてお祭りに参加することがワクワクしています。児雷也と田亀源五...







MASSIVEが11月23日に海外マンガフェスタに行きます!日本で初めてお祭りに参加することがワクワクしています。児雷也田亀源五郎含めゲイ漫画家による衣類や本が利用可能になります。東京のファンの皆様、ぜひ挨拶しに来てね!

11月23日
11:00 - 16:00
東京ビッグサイト
東4ホール


MASSIVE will participate in the Kaigai Manga Festival on November 23rd, 2014! We’re thrilled to bring MASSIVE to Japan for the first time in a festival appearance. Clothing and books by gay manga artists including Jiraiya and Gengoroh Tagame will be available. Come out and say hello, Tokyo! 

November 23, 2014
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tokyo Big Sight
East Hall 4 

P.S. Our friends from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival will also be at Kaigai Manga Festival. Don’t miss the TCAF booth!

MASSIVE is coming to Tokyo in late November!...





MASSIVE is coming to Tokyo in late November!
MASSIVEは11月下旬に東京に来ている!

Inu Yoshi (犬義) snapped the above shot of me and Anne Ishii at Hama-Rikyu Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園) the last time we were in Japan together, just over two years ago. After a tea house interview with the mangaka, we had so much fun shooting his portrait while frolicking in this colorful field. That interview and portrait are some of the earliest elements we collected for Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It– our big gay manga anthology which is finally hitting shelves (very) soon!

I’ve been dreaming of Tokyo ever since that trip, and I’m beyond thrilled to be returning next month. We’re planning a MASSIVE party in Shinjuku Ni-chome (details forthcoming!) and an appearance at the Kaigai Manga Festival (海外マンガフェスタ) with our friends from TCAF, too.

On this trip I hope to continue studying the legacies of contemporary queer art in Japan, reunite with our favorite mangaka, make new friends, develop future MASSIVE fashion and print projects, and cruise the bathhouses and hattenba. Won’t you join us? :)