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Autobiographical comics focusing on queer, asexual, and transgender experience

Gig in Japan - Mejibray live show diary comic

Gig in Japan – page 3

Gig in Japan – page 3 published on Purchase

The actual translation of “encore” in Japanese is アンコール (ankouru), where the final “ru” would only be partially voiced. But the crowd was definitely saying a fully-voiced “re” at the end of the word, giving each syllable equal weight as basically a three-beat chant.

Gig in Japan - Mejibray live show comic

Gig in Japan – page 2

Gig in Japan – page 2 published on Purchase

To answer my own question from the first panel, this is not a thing specific to Mejibray shows. I’ve since gone back and watched music videos by other Japanese rock bands, and have noticed the crowds acting in unison there as well. I suppose to the extent I noticed it before I’d just assumed it was a staged coordination for the sake of the video. And, well, it IS a staged coordination, but being filmed has little to do with it.

Gig in Japan - Mejibray autobio comic

Gig in Japan – page 1

Gig in Japan – page 1 published on Purchase

Because I’m a nerd for making playlists, I put together a soundtrack for this comic. It’s on YouTube because a lot of these bands never had their music licensed for U.S. release, so many of them (Mejibray included) are not to be found on Spotify or iTunes here. (Several of the bands on my playlist make cameos in this comic as t-shirts – this page features Dog in the PWO, a.k.a. Dog in the Parallel World Orchestra.)

Trans Tokyo: A Trek to Two’s Cabin – page 4

Trans Tokyo: A Trek to Two’s Cabin – page 4

Trans Tokyo: A Trek to Two’s Cabin – page 4 published on Purchase

The trans guy magazine referenced in the first panel was published by Grammy Tokyo, a queer/trans dance party for whom Masaki is a DJ.

Trans Tokyo: A Trek to Two’s Cabin – page 2

Trans Tokyo: A Trek to Two’s Cabin – page 3

Trans Tokyo: A Trek to Two’s Cabin – page 3 published on Purchase

The film in question is Queer Japan, and it’s out now for your viewing pleasure!