Anne Ishii

Anne Ishii

I am a writer based in New York. 

A selective, typo-laden* sampling of my writing:
Review of Manga in Theory and Practice by Hirohiko Araki, The Comics Journal 2017
Interview with Adrian Tomine, The Comics Journal 2015
Middle-Aged Dad at a Drake Show Trying to Look Cool,” The Comics Journal 2015
Why is Japan So Important to American Fashion?” Racked 2015
“The Sunny Side of Taiyo Matsumoto” The Japan Times 2015
Sophie Yanow Interview, The Comics Reporter 2014
Femme Buddy Flicks: Thelma and Louise and Madea, Anyone? Dame Magazine 2013
Leah Remini Has Left the Building, Dame Magazine 2013
Eddie Huang and The Rise of the Big Dick Asian, Slate 2010
Why Medical Manga Works in Japan, Publishers Weekly 2005
False Memories of a Geisha, Village Voice 2003
*I’m so very sorry.
Public Intellectual with Jessa Crispin January 2018
The Cut photos:Lucas Michael August 2017
Come On A My House with Tobell Von Cartier, August 2017
Hey, Cool Job! with Mary HK Choi 2017
The Awl July 2017
On Bond Street 2016
The Hairpin December 2014
Tell Me More (NPR) 2013


I am a marketing whiz who speaks fluent Japanese.

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. The book immediately sold out and went out-of-print and is now listed for no less than a thousand dollars. There has since been a hardcover edition published by the now sadly defunt Gmünder Books imprint (RIP Frank Zahn), but Tagame continues to make amazing hard-core erotica and we continue to bring him to wider anglophone audiences.

The Best Couple Sweatshirt
(Artwork: 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. The epochal photoreal gay pinup artist JIRAIYA, also saw his first official North American debut.We have gone on to make original comic books by him, including “Caveman Guu” and “Two Hoses.”
Johnny Knoxville wearing our sweatshirt to ring in the New Year on a tropical island was maybe the strangest (but most gratifying) sighting.

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.
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.

A lot of friends.

Not technically a MASSIVE joint but a full-length feature documentary by Graham Kolbeins featuring a lot of our work together.
I’ve worked on some great projects:

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame (Editor, Agent, Translator)

LUCKYRICE (Content Strategist)
Creative agency specializing in the Asian culinary diaspora, through events, media and web content.

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 (EIC)
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.

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.

Detroit Metal City by Kiminori Wakasugi
(Translator on all 10 volumes)
Loups Garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku
Time For School, PBS Docuseries
(Japanese Translator)


I went to UC Santa Cruz and studied enough French to last me a lifetime before moving to France for a couple years and deciding I didn’t want to spend a lifetime there.

I went to Columbia University to get a Masters Degree in Japanese Literature before deciding I wanted to sell Japanese literature, not write about it.

I volunteer my time at SAGE and love the elderly. I sit on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Writers Workshop where I sometimes contribute to their programming and website.

I’m on Twitter, Instagram. I have a blog.

I suck at but persist in doing comedy open mics and playing piano, keyboard and drums, making dumb songs.

I’m very happily married to a dude and have a cat but I won’t be offended if you insist on mentioning your girlfriend every time we chat.