Gengoroh Tagame (田亀 源五郎, Tagame Gengorō) [Edit]

Gengoroh Tagame (田亀 源五郎, Tagame Gengorō) (born 1964) is the pseudonym of a Japanese manga artist.


Regarded as the most prolific and influential creator in the gay manga genre, Tagame has produced over 20 books in four languages over the course of his nearly four decade-long career. Tagame began contributing manga and prose fiction to Japanese gay men’s magazines in the 1980s, after making his debut as a manga artist in the yaoi (male-male romance) manga magazine June while in high school. As a student he studied graphic design at Tama Art University, and worked as a commercial graphic designer and art director to support his career as a manga artist. His manga series The Toyed Man (嬲り者, Naburi-Mono), originally serialized in the gay men’s magazine Badi from 1992 to 1993, enjoyed breakout success after it was published as a book in 1994. After co-founding the gay men’s magazine G-men in 1995, Tagame began working as a gay manga artist full-time.

For much of his career Tagame exclusively created erotic and pornographic manga, works that are distinguished by their graphic depictions of sadomasochism (meaning sadism and masochism) and hypermasculinity. However, beginning in the 2010s, Tagame gained mainstream recognition after he began to produce non-pornographic manga depicting LGBT themes and subject material; his 2014 manga series My Brother’s Husband, his first series aimed at a general audience, received widespread critical acclaim and was awarded a Japan Media Arts Festival Prize, a Japan Cartoonists Association Award, and an Eisner Award. Tagame is further noted for his contributions as an art historian, through his multi-volume gay erotic art anthology series Gay Erotic Art in Japan.

Tagame cites William Ward as an influence.