EYE: So is there manga porn for gay men, as opposed to straight women? When I was in Japan, I found these comics called baru, which is bear porn. Right away you can see the difference in the look of the characters (see picture, right). The baru culture is huge in the gay scene in Japan — you either look like a slightly-built, very clean hairless guy, or you're part of the bear culture, with a short hair cuts and a beard or moustache. In one book I have, there's a story about a kid who sees his dad having illicit gay sex with another man, and he starts watching, and he's shocked and dismayed, and it's kind of insane.
There's also another category of porn called furry porn — like this comic Beef Jam. It's about a tiger that turns into a hot guy and then has sex with another hot guy, and sometimes the other guy is also part-tiger when they do it. So that's hot.
Probably the most famous gay manga illustrator is Gengoroh Tagame. He draws this erotic-grotesque stuff — with pain and humiliation and torture and rope-binding and stuff like that — as well as the bear material. Last year, I wrote an article mentioning bear smut for Xtra!, and afterwards we got tons of phone calls asking us if we stocked bear porn, although there's actually nothing available in North America. You can order it online at Rainbow Shoppers, but then you run the risk of getting in trouble with Canadian customs. They're just horrible, horrible censors.