Massive: Gay Japanese Manga and the Men Who Make It
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About the Author
Chip Kidd was born in 1964 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He is an editor and writer--his Batman By Design was a NYT best-seller--but he is best known for his book designs, for which he's received the field's highest honors. He currently resides in New York and, with his partner (poet and editor J.D. McClatchy), in Connecticut.
Replete with rippling muscles and hypermasculinity, this volume provides a fascinating overview of contemporary gay manga and its creators. In a medium dominated by visual exaggeration, the figures given vivid, lusty life by these artists express the apex of a powerful butch sensibility. While the work... is as explicit as it could possibly get, there is a clearly expressed joy to its aggressive sexuality... U.S. collectors of this material will be thirsty for this first-ever English language anthology, and adventurous comics readers will encounter a realm they might have otherwise overlooked.
A gorgeous, bear-sized omnibus.--Robert Kirby
...[T]his lovingly compiled and impeccably designed introductory volume is absorbing, entertaining reading and made me an instant fan of several of the featured artists..., as well as offering fascinating background information into Japanese society itself. Also: hubba hubba!--Rob Kirby
Here's a book I want to give the highest recommendation to, but for very different reasons from those I would usually highlight for an amazingly effective collection of male-on-male erotic art -- which this happens to be. But it is also fascinating and incredibly informative. The book's sections are not only beautiful, intelligent, sometimes humorous and always sexy as hell. They are also important, for what the artists have to say in the accompanying texts and essays about themselves and about the art they make. This is a wonderful collection that every reader and writer should read. It's a knockout on so many different levels!--Samuel R. Delany
The title is not kidding around: it's a big anthology about big men with big appendages doing big, big things. ... This is the kind of manga that's never been seen in the English-reading world before. ...[It's] one of the best, not to mention one of the smuttiest, collections of manga ever published in the U.S.--Shaenon Garrity
...[A]wesome... oddly adorable... revealing... kinky... sexy... endearing... funny...--Anthony Glassman
Massive is amazing. Bigger and bolder than Tom of Finland, this manga porn transcends any genre, and stakes its claim on unbridled and unapologetic masculinity. Funny and beautiful, erotic and unworldly, it's a blessing to have this uniquely Japanese subculture now available in the West.--Andrew Sullivan
Massive indeed accurately describes not only the multiple manifestations of homosexual desire, particularly in Japanese culture, but also a common aesthetic throughout all of these artists' drawings...; hopefully this anthology will please ardent fans and raise the awareness that will stoke the new talent and audiences necessary to bara manga's longevity.--Alexander Cavaluzzo
Massive is not an introduction to one kind of gay Japanese manga. It is a showcase of the genre's potential and what the best cartoonists do with it. This Fantagraphics collection has been a long time coming and is perfect for any American interested in in this community.--Ray Sonne
Massive... is a groundbreaking work. ... The profiles of the creators included in Massive are just as engaging as the manga that has been collected. The volume provides an incredibly valuable look into the creation of gay erotic manga and art. ... Massive truly is a spectacular volume and highly recommended for anyone interested in gay manga, its history, and its creators; it's a fantastic introduction to the genre.--Ash Brown