Born into a family descended from samurai, Tagame began his career as a manga artist in 1982, while he was studying graphic design at Tama Art University (多摩美術大学). His works have been published in several Japanese gay magazines, including Sabu, G-men and SM-Z. Since 1986, he has used the pen-name Gengoroh Tagame, and since 1994 Tagame has lived off the profits of his art and writings. In recent years, Tagame has edited a two volume artbook series about the history of gay erotic art in Japan from the 1950s to the present, 日本のゲイ・エロティック・アート (Nihon no gei, erotikku āto, Gay Erotic Art in Japan) volumes 1 and 2.
All his works contain "virile males, or youths, and their apprenticeship of physical and mental submission". Works of his include: Jujitsu Kyoshi at B Product; Emono, Shirogane no Hana (3 vol.) and Pride (3 vol.) at G-Project. Pride Focuses on a masculine power top who is discovered by his even more masculine professor as harboring masochistic tendencies. The professor and the student form a relationship with the professor being the dominant and treating the boy as a slave, using him as a human urinal by peeing in his mouth, and punishing him when he "deserves" it with ways ranging from beating him with a whip to defecating in his mouth to gang rape. Naburi mono, ("Laughing stock") serialised in G-Men in 1994, is about the kidnapping of a wrestler who refused a yakuza boss. One of the yazuka falls in love with the wrestler. They go into hiding together and eventually commit joint suicide to preserve their honour.
G-58 / The Top Man (2000), Pencil & Acrylic on Paper
G-33 / 納屋 The Shed (2000), Pencil & Acrylic on Paper
「ウィルトゥース」単行本表紙絵 cover illustration for "Virtus" (2007), Digital (Painter & Photoshop)
「爆男 vol.2」表紙絵 cover illustration for "Bakudan vol.2" (2004), Pencil on Paper & Digital (Painter)
Step (2007), Brush & Ink on Paper & Digital (Painter)
G-3 / Suck Me (1995), Pencil & Acrylic on Paper
His manga Gunji (軍次) was translated into French in 2005, followed by Arena in 2006 and Goku in 2009. An artbook of his works has also been published in France by H&O Editions. An exhibition of his works was held in France in May 2009. Tagame is openly gay.
Tagame has been called the most influential creator of gay manga in Japan to date, and "the most talented and most famous author of sado-masochistic gay manga". Most of his work first appeared in gay magazines and usually feature sexual abuse. Tagame's depiction of men as muscular and hairy has been cited as a catalyst for a shift in fashion amongst gay men in 1995, away from the clean-shaven and slender bishōnen stereotypes and towards a tendency for masculinity and chubbiness. Tagame's work has been criticised by notable gay manga writer Susumu Hirosegawa as "SM gekijō" (S&M theater) for its violence and lack of complex storylines.
A small amount of Tagame's work has been licensed in English; a short story, "Standing Ovations", was included in the third issue of the erotic comics anthology Thickness, and in July 2012, Picturebox released a short story collection, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, which is the first completely bara work published in English in a print format. The book collects short works spanning 15 years of Tagame's career, including a new story commissioned especially for the book by book designer Chip Kidd. Endless Games was published in 2013 in an English translation by the German publisher the Bruno Gmünder Verlag.
The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga
Series: The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: PictureBox (April 30, 2013)
Amazon: The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga
Violent, visceral and provocative, to say the least, Gengoroh Tagame's unquestionable talent for story and illustration is already the stuff of legend. His gay BDSM stories are now widely celebrated for both their virtuosic drawing and their unparalleled passion. Produced by a veteran Japanist--Anne Ishii--The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is a project that began some years ago, when Ishii 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. This hefty Tagame omnibus includes ten English editions of short stories dating from the late 1990s to 2012. The newest work is an original story commissioned by Kidd himself: Tagame's very first foray into writing directly for an American reader. Celebrated novelist and biographer Edmund White contributes an introduction to the volume.
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