Debuting at TCAF 2016 - What is Obscenity: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy by Rokudenashiko
6 x 8.25, 168 pages, b&w with colour, trade paper
Rokudenashiko’s mission is to demystify female genitalia, a mission that has led to a vulva-shaped kayak and her arrest.
A graphic memoir of a good-for-nothing Japanese artist who has been jailed twice for so-called acts of obscenity and the distribution of pornographic materials yet continues to champion the art of pussy. In a society where one can be censored, pixelated and punished, Rokudenashiko asks what makes pussy so problematic?
Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins and translated by Ishii, a writer, translator and proprietor of the gay manga paraphernalia brand MASSIVE, and with a cover by Chip Kidd, arguably the most well-known and influential designer of the past two decades. This is an incredible package for an incredible story.
ROKUDENASHIKO (“good-for-nothing girl” or “bad girl”) is a Japanese sculptor and mangaka. She is known for her series of decorated vulva moulds, or Deco-Man, a portmanteau of “decorated” and “manko,” which is Japanese slang for vagina. The moulds have taken the shape of dioramas, kawaii characters and a kayak based on a 3D scan of her genitalia, which she dubbed the “pussy boat.” The scan led to her arrest in 2014 for alleged violation of Japanese obscenity laws.
“This is actually a feel-good memoir. It’s also crucial reading for understanding the problems with the obscure methods of the Japanese police’s handling of suspects, and while that makes the book sound plenty stiff, the author’s sense of humour make this an outrageously fun read.” — MUSIC MAGAZINE
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