Bara by Letterpress
Gay manga–or “bara” as it’s referred to online–is awesome. Unlike the much more well-known “BL” genre (yaoi), no one has published gay manga in English. Die hard fans of “bara” in North America must order the untranslated books overseas or hunt down bootleg scans on the Internet.
When my friend Blake Besharian invited me to make a series of prints on his letterpress, 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.
“Bara by Letterpress” is a limited edition series of six prints. If you’d like a set, here’s your chance! Post this video on your blog/Tumblr/Twitter and then leave a comment below with a link to your site. Next week, I’ll randomly select one commenter to receive a set of all six prints! (Note: The whole series have been given away to FS readers. Thanks everyone!)
Here are some links to help you investigate gay manga on your own:
Bara – Wikipedia article.
G-Men – G-Men is the foremost magazine that publishes gay manga. Site mostly in Japanese.
Japanese Gay Art – Australian fine art blog that features gay manga artists including Gengoroh Tagame and Jiraiya.
G-Project – Japanese store that allows international orders of gay manga.
Seizoh Ebisubashi – Tubmlr for the artist, including sketches of works in progress.
Gengoroh Tagame – Mixed Japanese and English site for the legendary Tagame.