Work

I am the Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative in Center City Philadelphia. We just culminated Unity.


MASSIVE GOODS

I own and run MASSIVE GOODS, which I started with Graham Kolbeins, in 2013. We have made:


The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga
2013. AD: Chip Kidd, Publisher: Picturebox Inc.
This book officially launched the North American career of preeminent gay erotica master Gengoroh Tagame. Everything until then was a pirated scanlation or European import. Tagame continues to make amazing hard-core erotica and we continue to bring him to wider anglophone audiences.

What is Obscenity: The True Story of a Good For Nothing Pussy
by Rokudenashiko (Koyama Press, 2016)

Vagina artist Rokudenashiko was arrested for making artwork based on digital scans of her vulva, and transformed the discourse on censorship and gender expression forever.


The Best Couple Sweatshirt
Artwork by Jiraiya, 2013

Though not directly inspired by Kadir Nelson’s album art for Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same,” there was A Moment in 2013 when hot beefy men with close-shorn hair posed against blue sky backgrounds and our sweatshirt became a viral phenomenon.

MASSIVE x Opening Ceremony SS14
This was a real coup for the queer Asian community, as Opening Ceremony debuted an explicitly gay capsule collection to celebrate Gay Pride 2014. A first for all! Plus, we made it into The New York Times!

MASSIVE: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It
Fantagraphics 2013. 
Our survey omnibus of radical gay cartoonists. 

Additionally...

I’ve worked on some great projects as a marketer, editor, agent, translator, and content strategist who speaks fluent Japanese.


QUEER JAPAN (Altered Innocence)
Co-Executive Producer, 2020

The Passion of Tagame: Volume 2, by Gengoroh Tagame
Edited by: Anne Ishii, Chip Kidd, Graham Kolbeins
Fantagraphics, Forthcoming (Spring 2022)

Our Colors (bokurano shikisai) by Gengoroh Tagame Agent, Editor, Translator
Pantheon, Forthcoming (Spring 2022)

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
Editor, Agent, Translator
Penguin Random House (2017)

Seeking Asian Female
/They’re All So Beautiful
Web Content Director
A PBS documentary about white men seeking Asian women. Web forum exploring intersections of race & dating.

Paperhouses
Editor-in-Chief

Architecture in Open Source. Luxury prefab housing blueprints for the people, created by Joana Pacheco and featuring work by Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp, Rintala Eggertson, Christian Potgiesser+


Architecture for Dogs
N.A. Producer
Design experiment overseen by Kenya Hara, delivering open source blueprints for dog-centered products made by architects such as Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, MVRDV and Kazuyo Sejima. Featured in Wallpaper* and the Wall Street Journal.

Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Translator/Editor

Knockaround
Consultant
The Coolest sunglasses you’ll never pay too much for.

Imprint Lab
Manager
Startup venture consultancy

Vertical Inc.
Dr. Marketing & Publicity
Specializing in popular fiction and exceptional graphic novels from Japan.

SOME OTHER TRANSLATIONS

Detroit Metal City by Kiminori Wakasugi
Loups Garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku
Time For School PBS Docuseries