As I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook, a Japanese gay manga anthology dojinshi, “Otoko Matsuri” is coming soon. Officially the book will be available on Dec 29th, 2016, but you can pre-order the book beforehand.
The pre-order is available at the on-line store, “Rainbow Shoppers”, in English. http://www.rainbow-shoppers.com/jp/cmb.html
Also here is the list of the manga creators in the book. I’m sure your favorite manga-ka are included.
and me, Kazuhide Ichikawa.
A Japanese gay magazine, G-men, had gone and the occasions where we, Japanese gay manga creators, can get published our manga are diminishing (To be fair, lots of people are still working so hard to keep the occasions). Of course, in these days, there are various ways to publish manga individually such as digital distribution or publishing dojinshi. It’s very convenient and it is good.
Personally I think having an publication and a media hub where gay can express themselves is also important at the same time since it can be the place where people can get to know about the gay artists/creators you didn’t know before.
In many ways, being an gay artist is tough. Moreover keeping on being the one is much tougher. Sadly it is just the same as everywhere. So as my situation, too.
Dose that mean we can give up our words, our language as gay?
No. Of course, not.
To show the other gay people that we’re here and to show the sexual majority that we’re here, it is important to have the place where we can publish our words.
Again, surely it’ll be another tough process, but I hope this “Otoko-Matsuri” will be another beginning even if it’s just a tiny step.
I guarantee that the book, “Otoko-Matsuri” is fun and great, but if you like gay manga and gay manga culture, please, they need your support.
Well! That’s it for a small serious talk. I hope you enjoy, “Otoko-Matsuri”!!