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Yuricon at Yurithon!

Please join us August 4-6 in Montreal, Canada for Yurithon, part of the Otakuthon event. I’ll be joined by some of my senior staff and dearest friends (but not all, and we’re really going to miss those of you not there!) and we’re doing a bunch of panels. I’m bring a bunch of stuff to give out as prizes, so come with your best questions ready!

Here’s where you can definitely find us!

Friday: 5:00pm-6:00pm: The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri
In this presentation, I trace the artistic and literary roots of some of the common tropes of Yuri and BL.

Saturday: 1:00pm-3:00pm: Must Read/Must Watch Yuri
This is our “flagship” panel – 90 minutes of Yuri anime and manga. We’ve brought animation clips and and tons of stuff to watch and read. Prizes are primary for this panel. Bring it on!

Saturday: 7:00pm-8:00pm: A Yuri Otaku in Japan
We’re going to give you the Yuri-focused downlow on getting to Japan, staying there, shopping there and going to events there. Want to know where to get Yuri? Join us and find out.

Sunday: 1:00pm-2:00pm: “Yuri Court”
This is a silly game I made up on the spot for a con Sunday. ^_^ Participants will “present a case” for a Yuri being Guilty (of being crappy) or Innocent (by being good) and a panel of judges (not just me, so don’t worry that I’m gonna slam your decision. There’s three of us, I can be outvoted. ^_^) will decide on a verdict. I hope to have some prizes left to offer folks for this game.

If you’re an Okazu reader or a member of the Yuricon community, please introduce yourself. I want to meet you all and thank you in person. ^_^

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Yuricon Manga and Comic Events 2017 Calendar

Yuricon founder Erica Friedman’s appearance schedule for 2017. New events will be added as they are confirmed.

(Events in which it is confirmed that I’ll be participating in are in bold.)

MoCCA Arts Festival, April 1-2, 2017. New York City, USA. (80% confirmed that I’ll be there on Saturday.) Read the Event Report!

Queer & Comics – April 14-15, 2017. San Francisco, CA, USA. I’ll be participating and moderation panels. Read the Event Report!

Toronto Comics Art Festival – May 13-14, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’ll be helping out with moderation. Read the Event Report! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Yurithon – August 4-6, 2017. Montreal Quebec, Canada. I’m a Special Guest,so expect me to be paneling and hanging around. ^_^

Flamecon – August 19-20. New York City, NY, USA.  I’ll be there as Press, so hanging around, talking to folks.

AnimeNYC – November 17-19, 2017 , New York, NY, USA. Tired of being lost in the throngs at New York Comic Con? Looking for a NYC event that focuses on anime and manga? Check out AnimeNYC, at Javits Center. Three days of only anime and manga content, with the entire Sailor Moon English voice cast! I’ll be there as press.

If you want me at your event, please get in touch asap, you can see that the year fills up pretty quick these days. ^_^


If you want me at your event, please get in touch asap, you can see that the year fills up pretty quick these days. ^_^


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Alt Manga, Queer Manga – Telling Our Own Stories on Youtube

iWith many thanks to the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, the entirely of my lecture Alt Manga, Queer Manga – Telling Our Own Stories s now available on the Yuricon Essays Page.

Learn how queer creators and fans’ desires gave birth to queer manga genres Boys’ Love, Yuri and gay manga!



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Event: Yuri Lecture at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on 1/19

Join Yuricon founder, Erica Friedman at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday, January 19, 2017 , 12:00-1:30 PM in Room 1636 School of Social Work Building for the Center for Japanese Studies Noontime Lecture Series.

Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories will cover the history of LGBTQ manga in Japan and the west, and delve into the issues of fan interpretation of commercial manga.

Please contact the CJS at the above link for seating availability.

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Gay/Lesbian/Yuri/BL/Bara Manga Discussion at Rainbow Pride Week in Tokyo

Yuricon founder Erica Friedman will be participating in a discussion of Gay/Lesbian/Yuri/BL/Bara manga in Tokyo on May 3rd as part of Rainbow Pride Week events.

The discussion will be at the Aisotope Lounge ( in Shinjuku Ni-choume on May 3rd, from 13:00 – 16:00, with guest manga artists Tagame Gengoroh and Nakamura Kiyo (who wrote GUNJO as Nakamura Ching) and Chairman Satou Yasuki.

Erica will be presenting a brief history of Yuri in the first half and acting as “commentator” in the second half discussion with the manga artists.

5月3日 13:30~16:00

第一部 性指向をめぐる日本の同性間表現の過去・現在・未来

第二部 性指向をめぐる表現、コミュニティの外へ内へ


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Yuricon Founder Erica Friedman to Lecture at Kanagawa University

Yuricon founder Erica Friedman will be discussing LGBTQ comics and manga in Yokohama, Japan on October 8, 2013. The program is open to the public. The lecture will be in English.

Weaving Our Stories Through Manga and Comics: LGBTQ audiences and Re-telling Stories
October 8, 4:20PM – 5:50PM
Building 20, Room 109
Sponsor: James Welker, Department of Cross-Cultural Studies
Kanagawa University

10月8日、 16:20 to 17:50
ビル20、 109室
スポンサー: ジェームズ・ウェルカー、学部国際文化交流学科

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Yuricon Presents the Yuri Panel at Anime Next!

Yuricon is pleased be part of our local hometown con once again, AnimeNEXT at the Garden State Exhibition Center in Somerset, NJ.

We will be holding a Yuri Panel at 6PM on Friday, June 7th 

We’ll be giving away tons of stuff, so don’t miss it. There’s good Yuri news (and some sad news) but we’ll have a lot to talk about. Questions welcome, but all you need to bring is your love of Yuri!

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Live Online Yuri Panel – April 29th, 2012

The first-ever live Online Yuri Panel was held on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 5PM Eastern US time. That’s 2PM Pacific, 10PM UK, 6AM on April 30th, Tokyo.

The event was be broadcast on our Livestream channel:

We’re taking questions for the next Panel at yuricon at gmail dot com

Part 2 and Part 3 of the Yuri Panel are available online on Yuri Studio, our Youtube channel so far, the second parts will be up shortly.

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New York Comic Con Quick Queer Comics Guide

If you’re following any comics news anywhere online, you know that New York Comic Con is around the corner. October 14-16, Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Here is a short list of things to add to your to-do list if you’re attending:

In the Exhibitor Hall – Prism Comics (Table 1058) and Geeks Out (Table 1165).

Do also drop by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (Table 1158) – consider becoming a member, as they are out there literally defending people’s right to read whatever they want. I’m also hoping to be there for some time, helping them raise money for the manga border case defense. They are doing a Massive Manga Giveaway, culminating in the Grand Prize Giveaway at their Defending Manga Panel on Saturday at their Defending Manga panel at 7:30PM on Saturday. Yuricon founder Erica Friedman will be speaking at that panel.

On Friday, October 14, Rica Takashima will be on the It Gets Better (with Comics!) panel at 11AM-12PM with Abby Denson, Charles “Zan” Christiansen, Chris Shoemaker, Ivan Velez Jr. and Jackson Martin

Erica will also be on the XX: Queer Women of Comics panel on Friday at 7:45- 8:45 PM with Abby Denson, Jennifer Camper, Joan Hilty, Kris Dresen, and Paige Braddock.

There will be also be a screening of the Madoka Magica show by Aniplex.

There’s much more to do there, of course, and many of the folks on these and other panels, so don’t limit yourself to just what’s here. And, if you find yourself at a great LGBTQ panel and want to share, write a report and let us know how it went!

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Rica Takashima at Bronx Heroes Comic-con

Love comic events, but have had enough of crushing crods and long lines?

If you’re in or near New York City on May 7th, drop by the Bronx Museum of Art for the Bronx Heroes Comic-con. Among the other terrific independent artists, Yuri manga artist Rica Takashima will be a panelist and will be selling her new doujinshi, Miho-chan’s Memories.

Drop by and say hi!

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Upcoming Event – Rica Takashima at MoCCA

Join Yuri Graphic Novelist and Artist Rica Takashima  on Saturday and Sunday, April 9&10 at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art event in NYC.

Rica will be  exhibiting at the annual Museum of Cartoon and Comic  Art event, which is being held at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. Advance tickets are $10.

Rica is a public artist and Yuri manga graphic novelist,  creator of Rica ‘tte Kanji!? (which just became part of the Kyoto International Mang Museum permanent collection) and the weekly Susume!  NY dou 4-panel comic for Japion magazine.

Rica will be at  Table #9L selling a new Yuri doujinshi at MoCCA – Miho-chan’s Memories, part of the new Rica ‘tte Kanji!? Omnibus!, as well art  prints of Rica and Miho, postcards in her pop art style and more. Money raised by sales will be donated to Japan rescue and relief organizations.

Yuricon founder Erica will be joining Rica on Saturday and will be doing a variety of give-aways of Anime and Manga goods and Yuri-flavored items.  Drop by for great Yuri art and more – see you at MoCCA!

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