Incredible Japanese gay BDSM manga now in English, introduced by Chip Kidd and Edmund White

passion_of_gengoroh_tagameI found this incredible treat at Books Inc bookstore in the Castro. Big US gay names, book designer Chip Kidd and author Edmund White, introduce in English the manga of Gengoroh Tagame (田亀 源五郎), who creates cinematographic stories in which muscular and hairy authority figures are subjected to rough sex with lots of sweat and other fluids.

If it’s good enough for Chip Kidd, you might also enjoy it. I love how my copy prominently announced “printed in Canada” even though the publisher is based in Brooklyn, NY. Is this book too hot for Amerika?!

 

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5 comments

  1. Woah! Thanks for the kind words about our book!! I happened to be checking out your blog for the first time and enjoying your photos greatly, when I scrolled down to this post and it put a big smile on my face.

    In addition to The Passion, Anne Ishii and I are helping to bring gay Japanese artwork to the United States through our blog, Gay Manga!, and our line of products MASSIVE. Check it out 🙂 http://gaymanga.tumblr.com

    xoxo
    Graham

    1. The internets are a small world, after all. I am super-flattered that *you* were reading this trashy blog. The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is the book I most enjoyed this year. And I look forward to following your Gay Manga Tumblr.

      Please let me know if there’s anything I can help you with in Tokyo or more precisely Nakano. BTW, when are the beach towels coming back at http://gaymanga.bigcartel.com/ ?

      Thanks again for your comment!

  2. Your blog isn’t trashy, it’s a treasure!! Every post has something interesting and/or sexy in it. I was also touched to see your photos from what looked like a very loving memorial for Koh Masaki. It’s encouraging to see he was remembered and celebrated by so many people!

    Anne and I are almost completely sold out of the towel, sadly. I think we have a handful more, so I’m not sure if we’ll restock the MASSIVE store, or sell them in person at conventions. But one thing is certain: we want to put out a new towel next summer! Stay tuned 🙂

    1. Yes, I took some photos at Koh-sama’s memorial service. It’s a huge loss for the porn industry and for gay visibility. His Twitter account and public persona made him one of Japan’s most out gay men, a first for a porn star. Also, he had a Chinese boyfriend, which is also rare and super cool. Poor Koh-sama left too soon. RIP.

      Do you read Japanese? It’s amazing that you and Anne are introducing this pervy art to the English-speaking world. I hope we can find something for me to help you with! I am a big fan.

  3. Thanks! We love bringing this pervy artwork full of crucial representations to a broader audience. For me, it was such an important aesthetic discovery when I was a young gay boy coming of age. I assumed someone would start publishing it here, but a decade went by and no one had. It brings my pleasure to share it with more and more people!

    As far as reading Japanese, I’m still a beginner (but like, an intermediate beginner?). Anne is a wiz, and she helps me a lot. I’m currently reading a bi-lingual Doraemon manga for extra practice ^_^

    Whereabouts do you live? I see you were in SF recently. I just went up there last month for Folsom! 🙂

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