The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame

July 14th, 2012 by Dan Nadel

ORIGINAL GAY BONDAGE MANGA MASTER GENGOROH TAGAME:

COLLECTED IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME.

ALL-STAR PRODUCTION: DESIGN BY CHIP KIDD, INTRO BY EDMUND WHITE.

INCLUDES NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN SKETCHES, INTERVIEWS AND ORIGINAL STORY.

A collection of works by the undisputed gay bondage comics master Gengoroh Tagame will be published for the very first time in North America next Spring, in PictureBox’s The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: The Master of Bara Manga, designed by Chip Kidd and introduced by literary icon Edmund White.

Tagame (pronounced Tah-gah-mé) is a legend in gay comics throughout the world and in the American underground, where loyal fans have quietly shared foreign-language editions of his groundbreaking work in the outermost edges of bondage and pornography. Provocative to say the least, Tagame’s unquestionable talent for story and illustration have proven immune to negative criticism (if the victim of commercial obscurity), and is already the stuff of European legend. Spanish and Italian editions of his graphic novels have sold out giving instant collectible status to what few copies are circulating.

Beyond the comic book format, Tagame’s original artwork has been exhibited internationally, and has been paired with the works of Tom of Finland. Tagame was also the founding Editor/Art Director of Japan’s most widely circulated gay journal, G-Men.

PictureBox’s oversized omnibus includes ten English editions of short stories dating from the late 1990s to 2012. The newest work, however, will be an original story commissioned by Chip Kidd himself: Tagame’s very first foray into writing directly for an American reader.

Produced by a veteran Japanist—Anne  Ishii—The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is a project that began years ago when Anne was translating Chip Kidd’s personal Tagame collection and decided to reach out to him. Inspired by filmmaker Graham Kolbeins’ online work with gay comics, the project took on new ambitious proportions, materializing in this exciting celebration of one of the world’s most poignant erotic artists.

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↓ 12 Comments

  1. Deb Aoki says:

    say, when will this book be published? early or late 2013?

  2. Dan Nadel says:

    It’ll be out Spring 2013.

  3. Dutch says:

    Can we pre-order this anywhere? I’m beyond excited! *gasp gasp*

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  7. [...] comic & graphic art publisher PictureBox has announced plans for a spring 2013 book titled The Passion Of Gengoroh Tagame. The English translated manga will contain nine manga tales of gay bondage originally published in [...]

  8. Dan Nadel says:

    No pre-order quite yet, but check back in early 2013! Thanks!

  9. Tina says:

    “ten English editions of short stories dating from the late 1990s to 2012. ” So will this book include his works from G-Men, and if so, which ones? :)

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  11. aga says:

    This is really exciting! I can’t wait to purchase this. KING OF BARA <3
    Hopefully it includes more of the untranslated(unscanlated) works such as "father&son in hell ' etc…

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS.

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