Yaoi: The Art of Japanese Gay Comics

The Advocate's Tiara Chiaramonte breaks down the basics and gives us an introduction to the fascinating world of gay Japanese comics.

BY Tiara Chiaramonte

January 21 2014 12:19 AM ET


Bara
Bara manga or wasei-eigo meaning "Men's love." These are gay comics written for the gay audience unlike yaoi which is written for women. The genre started in the 1960s with fetish magazines in Japan featuring gay art. Unlike Yaoi, which features pretty boys, bara features very masculine men with hair and muscles. Bara deals with autobiographical themes that are more realistic to being gay in contemporary Japan.

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Unfortunately very few bara mangas are translated into English. But, bara author Gengoroh Tagame, one of the most influential creators of manga in any genre,  defined 90's fashion in Japan. In 1995 when his manga G-Men released men's style changed away from the slender pretty boys to the more realistic masculine and chubby man.

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