MASSIVE creates and agents queer and feminist art, comics and fashion by artists from Japan. MASSIVE’s mission is to spread iconoclastic work addressing gender and sexuality to new audiences and new forms, from museum walls to bodies everywhere. Founded in 2013 by writer/producer Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, MASSIVE began by making T-shirts with legendary gay manga master Gengoroh Tagame to coincide with the release of the artist’s first English-language book. What began as a merchandising project soon expanded into a full fashion and lifestyle brand, also publishing limited edition fine art prints and original manga.
Anne Ishii is a writer based in New York and the owner of MASSIVE GOODS: purveyor of and agent for queer manga and their creators. As a translator she's worked on everything from literary science fiction to educational documentaries for PBS, but she is best known for her work with gay Japanese porn. She is a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop and her editorials on sex, gender, Japan and Asian America have been featured in Slate, the Village Voice, Nylon and sundry publications no longer with us.
Graham Kolbeins is a filmmaker, writer, and fashion designer. His films focus on themes of LGBTQ art and activism, including the web series Rad Queers, featuring the non-profit group Payasos L.A., playwright Ian MacKinnon, and trans artist Edie Fake; as well as Kolbeins' forthcoming feature documentary, Queer Japan. As co-founder and creative director of the brand MASSIVE GOODS, Kolbeins and frequent collaborator Anne Ishii work with queer and feminist Japanese artists including gay manga master Gengoroh Tagame and criminalized vagina artist Rokudenashiko to produce English translations of their work as well as fashion collections for brands including Opening Ceremony and Mishka.