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JIRAIYA IS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES!!
Making his first ever public appearance, the artist known as JIRAIYA is coming to America in a series of signings and speaking events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. The legendary Japanese artist will be signing limited edition giclee prints, Japanese-language editions of his collected comics and illustration work, as well as English translations and apparel for MASSIVE, at a variety of bookstores, galleries and academic institutions.
Most recently featured on the cover of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed gay manga anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, Jiraiya’s artwork has entertained audiences around the world since 1998, when his musclebound pinups debuted in G-men magazine. Guy Trebay at The New York Times has described Jiraiya’s figures as “jolly, hairy Asian men of refrigerator scale.”
Jiraiya starts his journey in Los Angeles at USC’s ONE Archives, Silver Lake comic shop Secret Headquarters, and the Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park. The artist will be giving visual presentations on his career and process, and signing books as well as prints and merchandise available via MASSIVE Goods. Tour stops in San Francisco include Books, Inc. Castro and a talk moderated by queer comics historian Justin Hall at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Finally, Jiraiya will tour New York City to meet fans at the School of Visual Arts, the Bureau General Services, Queer Division (at the LGBT Center), and a Drink ‘N Draw event in Brooklyn. (Event details below)
Jiraiya’s first North American tour has been made possible with the generous financial support of interTrend, a national advertising agency that represents some of the biggest brands in the world. For more than 20 years, interTrend has provided cutting-edge, award-winning campaigns. interTrend is a full-service communications agency that identifies global ideas for its clients by leveraging its unique DNA.
* PHOTO EMBARGO: Jiraiya wishes to retain his anonymity and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict “no facial photography” rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy.
Hey ‘mates! Tom Neely, Kristina Collantes, and Keenan Marshall Keller will be with us on Friday, March 13th to celebrate the release of the first volume of The Humans! It will be a party party, don’t punk out and skip it.
Come join us while Johnny Ryan signs copies of his brand new collection, ANGRY YOUTH COMIX! Maybe he will sign one for you, though we cannot guarantee that your inscription be free of boobs, butts, dicks, poop, farts, swears, or other manner of hilarious and/or offensive material. But that’s kind of the point, duh.
“Angry Youth Comix follows the zany, infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness with your hosts Loady McGee, Sinus O’Gynus, Boobs Pooter and more. In an age when the comics’ medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse.” – Fantagraphics
“The new Angry Youth Comix is finally out and it may be the darkest cartoon we’ve ever seen and also the most hilarious… It also features one of the most honest depictions of the American family dynamic to appear in print, though we can see that aspect maybe getting lost for some readers amid the turd-vines and the synthetic ejaculates.” –Vice
“Let me tell you something: In this increasingly cynical world of happily self-imposed isolation and sneering judgement, one graphicish novella, with pixie-like tickles, appears through the misty mist to take us all by the hand gently unto the night. You hold in your hand that very thing. Johnny Ryan’s Angry Youth Comix. Now go away.” –David Cross