It’s New York Comic Con 2015! MASSIVE will be boothing at the...





It’s New York Comic Con 2015! MASSIVE will be boothing at the Geeks Out table for one day only on Thursday, October 8th. Come find Anne Ishii to get your hands on the latest manga and Jiraiya’s OCxMASSIVE Tenga toys!

Anne is also going to be on the panel “Gay Manga, Yaoi and Yuri: LGBTQ Fantasy vs. Reality in Manga” alongside Christopher Butcher (TCAF), Erica Friedman (Okazu), and Deb Aoki (Manga! Comics! Manga!). That panel will be held in room 1A05 on Friday, October 9th from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. 

It’s New York Comic Con 2015! MASSIVE will be boothing at the...





It’s New York Comic Con 2015! MASSIVE will be boothing at the Geeks Out table for one day only on Thursday, October 8th. Come find Anne Ishii to get your hands on the latest manga and Jiraiya’s OCxMASSIVE Tenga toys!

Anne is also going to be on the panel “Gay Manga, Yaoi and Yuri: LGBTQ Fantasy vs. Reality in Manga” alongside Christopher Butcher (TCAF), Erica Friedman (Okazu), and Deb Aoki (Manga! Comics! Manga!). That panel will be held in room 1A05 on Friday, October 9th from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. 

TCAF 2015 – Gengoroh Tagame Talks Gay Manga, “Bara,” BL and...



TCAF 2015 – Gengoroh Tagame Talks Gay Manga, “Bara,” BL and Scanlation

Deb Aoki at Manga Comics Manga has put together an excellent post based on the “Gay Comics Art Japan” panel from TCAF 2015, in which I participated alongside Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii, and Leyla Aker. The conversation covers a wide assortment of subjects including the crossover between gay manga and BL, audience identity, creators’ privacy issues, Tagame’s qualms with “bara” and his evolving views on the term, as well as his interest in bringing gay symbols and culture to the forefront through My Brother’s Husband

One of my favorite threads in the discussion came from SuBLime’s Leyla Aker, as she mused on why labels and categorization are so important for fans across the spectrum of homoerotic manga:

[…] whether you’re a gay man reading gay comics or a straight woman reading BL comics or a gay man reading BL comics or a straight woman… what you’re doing is that you are looking for alternatives to the kind of homogeneous mass edifice of sexuality as depicted in mass media.

Clearly if you are a person who’s seeking out that kind of content, the mass media version is not doing it for you. Not only is the mass media version not catering to you– it is actively kind of trying to erase what your desires are. I think that most people tend to have an experience of that if they’re into this content. So I think it’s partially almost a reaction against that.

Because it’s such a crucial issue to a person’s identity, when you do find this kind of content that actually speaks to your desires and experience then it becomes very important to kind of get that identity right. So that’s what I think partially leads to a lot of this self-imposed kind of categorization.

Read the whole transcript at Manga Comics Manga!

TCAF 2015 – Gengoroh Tagame Talks Gay Manga, “Bara,” BL and...



TCAF 2015 – Gengoroh Tagame Talks Gay Manga, “Bara,” BL and Scanlation

Deb Aoki at Manga Comics Manga has put together an excellent post based on the “Gay Comics Art Japan” panel from TCAF 2015, in which I participated alongside Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii, and Leyla Aker. The conversation covers a wide assortment of subjects including the crossover between gay manga and BL, audience identity, creators’ privacy issues, Tagame’s qualms with “bara” and his evolving views on the term, as well as his interest in bringing gay symbols and culture to the forefront through My Brother’s Husband

One of my favorite threads in the discussion came from SuBLime’s Leyla Aker, as she mused on why labels and categorization are so important for fans across the spectrum of homoerotic manga:

[…] whether you’re a gay man reading gay comics or a straight woman reading BL comics or a gay man reading BL comics or a straight woman… what you’re doing is that you are looking for alternatives to the kind of homogeneous mass edifice of sexuality as depicted in mass media.

Clearly if you are a person who’s seeking out that kind of content, the mass media version is not doing it for you. Not only is the mass media version not catering to you– it is actively kind of trying to erase what your desires are. I think that most people tend to have an experience of that if they’re into this content. So I think it’s partially almost a reaction against that.

Because it’s such a crucial issue to a person’s identity, when you do find this kind of content that actually speaks to your desires and experience then it becomes very important to kind of get that identity right. So that’s what I think partially leads to a lot of this self-imposed kind of categorization.

Read the whole transcript at Manga Comics Manga!

AtomicBoyX at Gaijin • Tokyo • Underground conducted a great...







AtomicBoyX at Gaijin • Tokyo • Underground conducted a great interview with Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎) about his new mainstream manga series, My Brother’s Husband (弟の夫)! In the interview, Tagame discusses an earlier attempt to create a gay manga story for a mainstream magazine that ended in rejection and disappointment. 

The editor who called me pushed the story to his boss very hard. Finally, his boss, the chief editor of the magazine reject it. But several months ago, they started a new manga about a gay couple by female author who is a best selling Yaoi manga artist in their magazine. I felt I learned many things from this experience, but for now, I’ll keep shut my mouth. Maybe you can imagine feeling.

It’s telling that this (unnamed) magazine decided to pass on Tagame’s proposal but went on to publish a gay story from a female author. BL is such a popular genre that I’m sure from an editor’s perspective, it was a much safer bet to hire an author from that world than even a seasoned gay manga artist like Tagame. Luckily for us, Monthly Action magazine was willing to take a risk on Tagame’s vision! 

via Gaijin • Tokyo • Underground