Gay Manga Artist Gengoroh Tagame to Tour the US and Canada

From May 6 – 15, gay manga artist Gengoroh Tagame will tour select cities in the United States and Canada. He is known for his gay BDSM erotic manga featuring hypermasculine men. He has been called the most influential gay manga artist. It has even been said that his work caused a shift in the appearance of gay Japanese men, causing them to adopt a more masculine aesthetic.

The tour will have stops in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles. There will be multiple events in each city. Check out what they are after the jump!

New York

May 6: Drink & Draw at The Eagle (554 W 28th St., New York, NY 10001) from 7PM – 10PM

May 7: Panel Discussion with Ivan Velez Jr., Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins at Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 5th Ave New York, NY 10016) at 11:45AM



May 9:

12:15PM: Toronto Comic Arts Festival “Gay Comics Art Japan” Panel Discussion with Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Leyla Aker, VP at Viz Media and BL Publisher SuBLime at Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON)

2PM: Signing at the TCAF booth

7PM:  TCAF Queer Mixer, hosted by Anne Ishii at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander St Toronto, ON)

May 10: Signing at the TCAF booth


Los Angeles

May 14: Discussion of Japanese gay art history lead by Richard Hawkins at Tom of Finland Foundation (1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026) at 7PM

May 15: Art show at MISHKA L.A. Upstairs Gallery (128 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) at 7PM


At these events, the second edition of “Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It” will be available. MASSIVE’s English translation of Gengoroh’s Greek mythological manga, “Cretian Cow”, will also be available, along with some prints.

This tour is being organized by MASSIVE, who also organized Jiraiya’s US tour earlier this year.