カテゴリー別アーカイブ: Event

Queer Pin-Ups Cards

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The playing card deck with sexy illustrations by various LGBTQ comic artists including my drawing will be on sale! Now available pre-order.

A sexy deck of 54 playing cards by LGBTQ cartoonists, including cards by Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Gengoroh Tagame, Ariel Schrag, Maurice Vellekoop, Diane DiMassa, Robert Kirby, Cristy C. Road, Eric Orner, Carrie McNinch and more! A limited edition fundraising item for the Queers & Comics LGBTQ cartoonists’ conference in May 2015.

NOTE: This item is available for pre-order. Cards will ship at the start of March.

You can order it from here. Don’t miss it!
And I’m going to join Queers & Comics 2015 on May in New York. 😉

Talk Event: LGBT Night @genroncafé, The Transformation of Being “Out”

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LGBT Night @genroncafé (Guest Speakers: Tagame Gengoroh, Christopher Lowy) The Transformation of Being “Out”
*Bilingual event for both of English and Japanese speakers.

Date: December 12 (Fri), 2015

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Door Open: 6:00)
*After the event, there will be an ordinary bar, so you can enjoy your drink.
*You can also purchase my books from Pot Publishing Co. at there. If you need my autograph, please ask me freely.

Tickets : ¥3,100 (Include 1 drink)
Advance Tickets: ¥2,600
*Genron Supporters members or those with a valid student ID can receive 500 yen back by displaying ID at the door.

More detail of the event and to get the advance tickets is HERE.
And the event will be also live-streamed on Niconico Live.

Place: Genron Café in Gotanda, Tokyo

The outline of the event:

Though LGBT rights in the United States varies greatly by state, the rapid shift in public opinion favoring the expansion of these rights to the national level is an undeniable reality that has translated into policy change.

Examples of such change include the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, the passing in the Senate of the first LGBT anti-discrimination laws in 2013, and the reality that currently 31 states allow same-sex marriage. Along with these changes has been a steady stream of high-profile individuals – politicians, actors, intellectuals, and athletes – coming out of the closet, as well as the highly publicized “It Gets Better Campaign.”

Another change is in the understanding of what it means “to come out”: that is, “coming out” is normalizing, changing from something one must do to something one can or can’t do, with the implication being that at some point “coming out” – and thus being “out” – will become obsolete.

What effects have these changes had on the gay community in Japan? Internationally acclaimed manga artist Tagame Gengoroh can help answer that question: with the start of his new serialization in Monthly Action, “My Younger Brother’s Husband” (Otōto no otto), Tagame for the first time addresses a straight audience.

Problematizing the issue of same-sex marriage, Tagame confronts head-on the domestic reality of being gay in Japan in an ever-growing gay-friendly international community. With “My Younger Brother’s Husband,” Tagame, who has done much to preserve the history of gay art in Japan (see his two-volume Gay Erotic Art in Japan), seems to be distancing himself from the “membership” (kaiin) culture associated with earlier generations of gays. But in a country where so few people in the public sphere are “out,” how can Japan’s gay community begin to cope with international standards and expectations for openness (which is so often determined by what happens in the public sphere) when domestic circumstances are not favorable to it and, for many in the gay community, coming out is viewed as more troublesome than it is worth?

Join us for a bilingual discussion with Tagame Gengoroh about manga, outness, and where Japan’s gay community is headed! (Christopher Lowy)

I’m waiting for your coming and watching! 😉

Massive in Tokyo

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The guide book of Japanese gay manga and artists, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make, by same staff of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is coming soon. The book includes artworks, interviews and English translated manga of Gengoroh Tagame, Inuyoshi, Poosuke Kumada, Takeshi Matsu, Jiraiya, Guy Mizuki, Miyabi Fumi, Seizo Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa.

Fantagraphics: Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make

On November 22, there is the publishing party of the book at doop tokyo, in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
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The door open from 23:00 to 2:00. I, Poosuke Kumada, Seizo Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa also join this party, and will do small talk show.

And the next day, on November 23, there is an event called Kaigai Manga Festival at Tokyo Big Sight, East hall 4. The staff of Massive will have their booth and will sell some clothing with illustrations of me and Jiraiya.
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The door open is from 11:00 to 16:00. And I’ll be somewhere too.

If you’re in Tokyo on these two days, let’s join us! 😉

Talk Show (in Japanese) about ‘Bisyonen’ in Ginza, Tokyo

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On November 24th (Mon.), I’ll be a guest of the talk show about ‘Bisyonen’ with Syoko Ôgushi (photographer) and Mami Amamiya (writer). It’s an event for the exhibition and publishing the book of Ms. Ôgushi’s photographs.

November 24th (Mon.)
Door Open/ 17:30, Event/ 18:00 – 20:30
Reservation Required (http://www.vanilla-gakuen.com/kouza/1411/shonen.html)
Fee/ 2,500 yen (with one drink) *Adult Only
Place/ Black Heart (a fetish bar) in Ginza

And also, Ms. Ôgushi’s exhibition will start on November 17th, at Vanilla Gallery in Ginza, until November 29th.
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If you have time, please visit there too.
Detail: http://www.vanilla-gallery.com/archives/2014/20141117a.html

Talk show about gay film in Shinjuku

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Tomorrow, July 7th, I’ll be on the talk show about gay film as one of panelists. The show is the official pre-event of 23rd Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival what will start on July 12th.
Other panelists are Masamichi Yoshihiro (movie journalist) and Bourbonne (drag queen, essayist), MC is Bubblyna (drag queen, chief editor of gay portal site 2CHOPO).

Talk Show: TILGFF x 2CHOPO ‘Niji-iro (rainbow color) Theater’
July 7th, 2014 at AiSOTOPE LOUNGE
Door Open: 19:00
Event Start: 20:00 (~22:00)
Entrance Fee: 2,000 yen (drink not included)
No Need Reservation

Exhibition and signing events in Bologna

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From the end of May to early June, I’ll go to Bologna, Italy, to join the festival NipPop at Bologna University. I don’t get the detailed information about my schedule yet, but today, I got some about my exhibition and signing events, so announce them just a quick note.

EXHIBITION
Exhibition opening: 18:00- May 29, 2014
At ONO ARTE (gallery)
Address: via santa margherita 10 I 40123 bologna
Tel. +39 051 262465
Website: http://onoarte.com/
(I haven’t heard when the end date yet! LOL)

BOOK SIGNING & PUBLISHING EVENT
Book signing and presentation of my new Italian comic book, L’inverno del pescatore (Winter fisherman Lodge): 18:30- June 6, 2014
at IGOR Libreria (LGBT book store)
Address: Via San Petronio Vecchio 3 – 40125 Bologna, Italy
Tel. +39 051 229466
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/igor.thegaybookshop

SIGNING EVENT
Signing: 23:00 – 01:00, June 6, 2014
on Feed the bears (monthly bear event in Bologna)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FeedTheBearsBologna

MANGA WORKSHOP
Japanese manga workshop (not concerned about gay and erotic, maybe) with Keiko Ichiguchi: 10:00- June 7, 2014
on NipPop (Japanese cultural event on Bologna University)
Website: http://www.nippop.it/

About my new Italian comic book, L’inverno del pescatore, please refer the announcement of Renbooks.
Website: http://www.renbooks.it/
Page: L’inverno del pescatore – Limited Edition
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Renbooks

There are all I know now. More information, please check my Twitter or Facebook. I’m going to announce on there from Italy, as possible as I can.
Then, I’m looking forward to joining these events and seeing many fans!