Japanese gay comics ("gei komi")–or “bara” as it’s often referred to online–are awesome. Unlike the much more well-known “BL” genre (yaoi), no one has published the works of artists like Jiraiya, Gengoroh Tagame, and Seizoh Ebisubashi in English. Die hard fans of “bara” in North America must order the untranslated books overseas or resort to hunting down bootleg scans on the Internet.
When my friend Blake Besharian invited me to make a series of prints on his letterpress for New Byzantium, I decided to pay one of my favorite gay manga artists homage. I collaged disparate panels from Seizoh Ebisubashi‘s manga "My Hometown Hospitality" into disjointed visual narratives, emphasizing the transitions, exteriors, and moments of stillness that establish the subtle mood and tone in Ebusibashi’s artwork.
More on this project at FutureShipwreck.com
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