Yaoi-Con Guest & Event Update
- [Posted With Permission From List Owner]
Plans are well underway for this year's Yaoi-Con, the only Western
convention dedicated to the yaoi genre of anime and manga. Yaoi-Con
be the weekend of October 18- 20, 2002, in San Francisco, CA.
Nitta Youka (pronounced neet-ta yuu-ka) is one of the most popular
yaoi mangaka in Japan today. Proof? Her doujinshi have been known to
fetch over $100 on Yahoo Japan. A doujinshika turned pro, she's most
famous for her Haru wo Daiteita (He Hagged Hooker) series, about two
actors, and the When a Man Loves a Man series. Both of these have
several tankoubon issued and are still going strong in the pages of
BeBoy Gold and Comic Hanato. Nitta is known for her detailed,
intricate style as well as her tall and gorgeous men. Her works deal
with very 'adult' themes of conflict and jealousy, with largely
adult characters, which gives them a broad-based and cross-
generational appeal. Her fans range from teenagers to middle aged
women with teenaged kids of their own.
Patrick Drazen holds a Master of Arts in Communications, and has had
a diverse career history. His main interest for years, though, has
been Japanese history and culture, including its pop culture. He's
given lectures on manga and
anime at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the University of
Chicago, and most recently at Anime Central 2002, near his home city
of Chicago. In his Anime Central presentation, entitled, "Mukashi
Mukashi (Once Upon a Time)," he discussed anime's use of traditional
Japanese legends and folktales in works ranging from "Nausicaa of
the Valley of the Winds" to "Cowboy Bebop."
We are very pleased to welcome both Nitta-sensei and Patrick to Yaoi-
Con 2002. More guests are on the way, so please refer to our web
site for the latest update.
Music Video Contest Have an eye for direction and an ear for
music ... or perhaps just a love of pretty boys on film? Then why
not try your hand at making your own music video? This year's video
theme is "Friendship Eternal," celebrating the bonds of friendship
between your favorite male anime characters.
We will once again have a fan fiction contest, giving attendees a
chance to put pen to paper to write about their favourite series and
pairings. We'll accept both new and previously written stories, so
long as they fall into one of our
judging categories: shounen-ai and yaoi.
Love to dress up and show off your sewing and accessorizing skills?
This year Yaoi-Con will feature two contests for cosplay
enthusiasts: a casual hall contest and Saturday night's "Bishounen"-
themed stage fashion show.
Anime Pictionary ChallengeHone your speed-drawing skills, grab your
friends and brush up on your anime trivia! Inspired by the game
Pictionary, we'll be pitting teams of fans against one another --
and the clock -- as they try to come up with the right
anime characters and titles for fun prizes.
For details and rules for each of our contests, please visit our web
Doujinshi Showcase Table
In the Art Show room this year we'll have a special table set aside
just for doujinshi artists to display and sell their personal
doujinshi. Can't make it to the con, but still want your work to be
seen? This table's perfect for you.
Pick up something in the Dealers' Room that just isn't quite your
thing? Have some old doujinshi from fandoms past strewn around the
house? Bring them along with you to the con and swap with other
attendees for that perfect
volume of manga or hard-to-find doujinshi.
If you ever wanted a real live bishounen of your very own -- even if
just for a few hours -- then this auction's right up your alley!
We'll be corralling a harem of lovely young men from the con to
auction off to the highest bidders at
this exciting event. So come prepared to ante up and squire your
bishie prize around the public areas of the con for a few hours!
After hosting a wildly successful party called "The Revenge of the
Return of the Night of Bishounen Pleasure!" at Fanime Con '02, we'll
next be at Recca Con, June 8-9 in Pittsburg, California, where we
hope to sponsor yaoi-themed panels and videos.
We're also trying to have staff at Akon 13, Anime Expo, World Con
(Conjose), Nan Desu Kan, and the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention
so be on the lookout for us if you're in the neighborhood.
Our block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, set in the
heart of San Francisco, is filling up fast! You can make
reservations by calling the hotel directly at:
1-415-441-4000 or 1-800-465-4329
Be sure to mention "Yaoi-Con," "Y-Con," or "Aestheticism" to get the
special con rate:
$110 per night: single and double occupancy
$125 per night: triple occupancy
$140 per night: quadruple occupancy
Registration is now open. Pre-reg now and be eligible for exclusive
$50 ~ Until September 18, 2002
$60 ~ At the Door
Enjoy the convenience of online registration by visiting our Web
site today for rates, payment methods and more!
Due to the mature nature of Yaoi-Con's subject matter, attendees
must be 18 years old by October 18, 2002. Registrants will be
required to provide proof of age, both with their registration and
at the door of the event.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about Yaoi-Con, the yaoi genre, and our
programming, please visit http://www.yaoicon.com