Massive: Gay Japanese Manga And The Men Who Make It


This is a groundbreaking manga (Japanese comics) anthology by and about gay men, put together by an award-winning team.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hypermasculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, and ...

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This is a groundbreaking manga (Japanese comics) anthology by and about gay men, put together by an award-winning team.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hypermasculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations, and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki, and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Replete with rippling muscles and hypermasculinity, this volume provides a fascinating overview of contemporary gay manga and its creators. In a medium dominated by visual exaggeration, the figures given vivid, lusty life by these artists express the apex of a powerful butch sensibility. While the work, by artists including Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa, is as explicit as it could possibly get, there is a clearly expressed joy to its aggressive sexuality, even in the segments that veer deep into domination and humiliation. The book showcases nine creators with interviews and profiles; cover artist Jiraiya could be most accessible to Western readers, his work bringing to mind a fusion of Arthur Adams and Frank Cho as filtered through the lens of Tom of Finland, with his Hulk-like beefcake bear-gods exuding an unexpected warmth and humor. U.S. collectors of this material will be thirsty for this first-ever English language anthology, and adventurous comics readers will encounter a realm they might have otherwise overlooked. (Dec.)
Andrew Sullivan - founding editor
“Massive is amazing. Bigger and bolder than Tom of Finland, this manga porn transcends any genre, and stakes its claim on unbridled and unapologetic masculinity. Funny and beautiful, erotic and unworldly, it's a blessing to have this uniquely Japanese subculture now available in the West.”
Samuel R. Delany - (author of Bread & Wine
“Here's a book I want to give the highest recommendation to, but for very different reasons from those I would usually highlight for an amazingly effective collection of male-on-male erotic art — which this happens to be. But it is also fascinating and incredibly informative. The book's sections are not only beautiful, intelligent, sometimes humorous and always sexy as hell. They are also important, for what the artists have to say in the accompanying texts and essays about themselves and about the art they make. This is a wonderful collection that every reader and writer should read. It's a knockout on so many different levels!”
Charles Solomon - Indiewire
“…[T]he new anthology Massive helps to fill a gap in Americans’ understanding of the vital, complex culture of manga. … The level of drawing in these erotic fantasies is extremely high, sometimes rivaling the work of the iconic Western porno artist Tom of Finland.”
Rob Kirby - editor
“...[T]his lovingly compiled and impeccably designed introductory volume is absorbing, entertaining reading and made me an instant fan of several of the featured artists..., as well as offering fascinating background information into Japanese society itself. Also: hubba hubba!”
Noah Berlatsky - Ravishly
“…Massive shows that gayness isn't alien. … Massive serves as a reminder that guys are objects, too, and that the way we see and the stories we tell figure male bodies as sexual, even in a mainstream culture that is reluctant to admit as much. To read Massive isn't to discover a hidden truth, but to see a massive, obvious fact — bulging out for all the world to see.”
Anthony Glassman - Gay People's Chronicle
“…[A]wesome… oddly adorable… revealing… kinky… sexy… endearing… funny…”
Ash Brown - Experiments in Manga
“Massive… is a groundbreaking work. … The profiles of the creators included in Massive are just as engaging as the manga that has been collected. The volume provides an incredibly valuable look into the creation of gay erotic manga and art. … Massive truly is a spectacular volume and highly recommended for anyone interested in gay manga, its history, and its creators; it’s a fantastic introduction to the genre.”
C. Edwards - Out
“Get ready for Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, a new anthology of husky gay erotica. … The collected work in Massive showcases a selection of Japan’s best gay erotic artists, some of it rarely seen in the West outside of poorly translated scans…”
Tom Cardamone - Lambda Literary
“…Massive is just that: massively hot, massively entertaining and massively informative.”
James Nichols - The Huffington Post
“…Massive is a groundbreaking work that immortalizes an often over-looked corner of the queer art world.”
Oliver Sava - The A.V. Club
“…[H]andsomely designed, meticulously researched… Massive... is far more than just a collection of pornographic stories ... [W]hat makes this such an invaluable anthology is right there in the title: the focus on 'the men who make it.' … So how’s the sex? It’s hot, strange, scary, awkward, intense, violent, and even hilarious at times. … Just like any other great pieces of art, these stories are outlets for unbridled creative expression, and that personal connection delivers some incredibly passionate pornography.”
Alexander Cavaluzzo - Hyperallergic
“Massive indeed accurately describes not only the multiple manifestations of homosexual desire, particularly in Japanese culture, but also a common aesthetic throughout all of these artists’ drawings…; hopefully this anthology will please ardent fans and raise the awareness that will stoke the new talent and audiences necessary to bara manga’s longevity.”
Shaenon Garrity - Anime News Network
“The title is not kidding around: it's a big anthology about big men with big appendages doing big, big things. … This is the kind of manga that's never been seen in the English-reading world before. …[It's] one of the best, not to mention one of the smuttiest, collections of manga ever published in the U.S.”
Robert Kirby - The Comics Journal
“A gorgeous, bear-sized omnibus.”
Ray Sonne - Comics Bulletin
“Massive is not an introduction to one kind of gay Japanese manga. It is a showcase of the genre’s potential and what the best cartoonists do with it. This Fantagraphics collection has been a long time coming and is perfect for any American interested in in this community.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606997857
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2014
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 143,724
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Ishii is a writer based in New York and the owner of MASSIVE Merch.

Graham Kolbeins

is a filmmaker, designer, and writer based in Los Angeles. He is also the creative director of MASSIVE, a label inspired by Japanese gay art.

Chip Kidd was born in 1964 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He is an editor and writer—his Batman By Design was a NYT best-seller—but he is best known for his book designs, for which he's received the field's highest honors. He currently resides in New York and, with his partner (poet and editor J.D. McClatchy), in Connecticut.

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