GENGOROH TAGAME’S MY BROTHER’S HUSBAND TO BE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH BY PANTHEON/KNOPF IN SUMMER 2017

9/16/2016 (New York)—Pantheon (Knopf/Penguin Random House) announces plans to publish the English edition of internationally acclaimed gay erotica artist and icon Gengoroh Tagame’s first general audience comic book series, My Brother’s Husband, in a two-volume omnibus edition.

 My Brother’s Husband is the hit Japanese manga series, awarded by the country’s own Media Arts Council for Excellence in Manga, celebrating an unapologetic approach to queer social themes and issues. In a heteronormative mainstream comics culture that has never seen an explicitly gay main character in a popular series, My Brother’s Husband has been a watershed publishing event: not only is this the first openly out gay artist to be commended by a government council, Tagame’s bestselling work has now been featured on the front cover of the popular young adult magazine in which it serializes…twice.
 
The series “My Brother’s Husband” debuted in Gekkan Action Zasshi (Monthly Action Magazine) in November of 2014 in Japan to monumental critical acclaim and commercial success. Currently approaching its 16th installment, the monthly series has been one of publisher Futabasha’s bestselling series. The first collected book of the series (Chapters 1-7) is in at least its fifth printing and has since launch, been translated into Korean and French. Unlike the original or current foreign editions, the English edition will be formatted as a two volume omnibus.
 
My Brother’s Husband is a family drama that begins with the auspicious arrival of Mike, a Canadian who has come to pay respects to the family of his recently deceased Japanese husband Ryoji, whose only remaining immediate family member is Yaichi—an identical twin brother. As Mike gets accustomed to Japanese morays and the surprising idiosyncrasies of living with Yaichi and his daughter Kana, the sleepy Japanese suburb also learns the true meaning of family.
 
“I think ‘My Brother’s Husband’ will be one of the most important works of manga to be published in the last ten years—it opens the door on what it means to be LGBT in Japan today, the considerable challenges that community still faces, and how it relates to the strides of acceptance that have been made in the West.  Gengoroh Tagame has achieved something extraordinary here, in his beautifully-drawn story of not only a very modern family, but an international one too.” —Designer/Editor Chip Kidd

Gengoroh TAGAME
Born in 1964. Upon graduating Tama Art University, he took jobs as an Art Director, debuting as a gay erotic artist in 1986 with manga, illustratraions and prose fiction for a variety of magazines. He has been a full-time gay erotic artist since 1994. As a gay mangaka he has published over a dozen graphic novels and been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, and finally in English, with the 2013 publication of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, edited by Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd. His artwork has been exhibited in solo exhibitions around the world, including Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. Tagame’s work can be found in comic bookstores and online at massive-goods.com where he is also represented by Anne Ishii.
 
MASSIVE GOODS designs, produces and curates queer and feminist comics and art created by artists in Japan.
 
My Brother’s Husband: Volume 1 (of 2) will be released Summer 2017, produced in conjunction with MASSIVE GOODS.
 
Translator: Anne Ishii
Designer: Chip Kidd
Production: John Kuramoto
Originally published in Japanese by: Futabasha, 2014-2015
 

Photos from the SuperQueeroes queer comics exhibition at the...



















Photos from the SuperQueeroes queer comics exhibition at the Schwules Museum in Berlin! 

The exhibition features queer comics from all over the world, including a number of LGBTI artists from Japan. It’s so exciting to see some of our MASSIVE products, and works by Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, and lesbian mangaka Nakamura Ching given the museum treatment. They even have original copies of the seminal Japanese magazines Fuzoku Kitan (1960s) and Bara Komi (1986) on display! 

All off this is presented alongside the works of artists like Tom of Finland, Alison Bechdel, Ralf König, and dozens more influential queer comics artists from all around the world. It makes me happy to see not only gay manga, but queer comics in general treated with reverence and respect within a museum. The show is open until June 26th, 2016, so go check it out if you have the chance! 

Photos via Seikai Shinbun.

Photos from the SuperQueeroes queer comics exhibition at the...



















Photos from the SuperQueeroes queer comics exhibition at the Schwules Museum in Berlin! 

The exhibition features queer comics from all over the world, including a number of LGBTI artists from Japan. It’s so exciting to see some of our MASSIVE products, and works by Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, and lesbian mangaka Nakamura Ching given the museum treatment. They even have original copies of the seminal Japanese magazines Fuzoku Kitan (1960s) and Bara Komi (1986) on display! 

All off this is presented alongside the works of artists like Tom of Finland, Alison Bechdel, Ralf König, and dozens more influential queer comics artists from all around the world. It makes me happy to see not only gay manga, but queer comics in general treated with reverence and respect within a museum. The show is open until June 26th, 2016, so go check it out if you have the chance! 

Photos via Seikai Shinbun.

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Our friends at bad-ass DJ collective Discwoman took time out from dismantling the patriarchy and revolutionizing dance music to model the new “Free Manko” tee by MASSIVE x Rokudenashiko!

Proceeds from the shirt will go toward Rokudenashiko’s legal and tour fund. Read our interview with Rokudenashiko to find out more about her legal fight and her graphic novel memoir, What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and Her Pussy (forthcoming from Koyama Press). 

We asked the women of Discwoman: What does “Free Manko” mean to you?

Frankie: If manko is free, women are.

Emma: Freeing manko gives agency to a woman. If she is free she can pursue what she dreams of in life.

Christine: Manko is cunt—unapologetic, fierce and unafraid to express freely.

Founded by Frankie Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency—representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 150 DJs and producers to-date. 

Photography by Chris Engdahl. 
Get your “Free Manko” tee at MASSIVE-GOODS.com!

Free Manko tee

massive-goods: Our friends at bad-ass DJ collective Discwoman...













massive-goods:

Our friends at bad-ass DJ collective Discwoman took time out from dismantling the patriarchy and revolutionizing dance music to model the new “Free Manko” tee by MASSIVE x Rokudenashiko!

Proceeds from the shirt will go toward Rokudenashiko’s legal and tour fund. Read our interview with Rokudenashiko to find out more about her legal fight and her graphic novel memoir, What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and Her Pussy (forthcoming from Koyama Press). 

We asked the women of Discwoman: What does “Free Manko” mean to you?

Frankie: If manko is free, women are.

Emma: Freeing manko gives agency to a woman. If she is free she can pursue what she dreams of in life.

Christine: Manko is cunt—unapologetic, fierce and unafraid to express freely.

Founded by Frankie Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency—representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 150 DJs and producers to-date. 

Photography by Chris Engdahl. 
Get your “Free Manko” tee at MASSIVE-GOODS.com!

Free Manko tee