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Yuri Games and Visual Novels on the Yuricon Store!

ILYiconWe’ve hit a point this year where were have enough English-language VNs and sims that it’s absolutely worth collecting them in one place. To that end I’ve added a Yuri Games & Visual Novels page on the Yuricon Store.

Now the Yuricon Store is home to the most comprehensive listing online or off, of Yuri Manga in Japanese and in English, Digital Yuri Manga, Yuri Anime on DVD or BD, Yuri Light Novels, Yuri Drama CDs, Yuri Goods and Yuri Games!  And we’re adding more all the time.

The new category is fully searchable, by Developer, Name, or genre focus. Links are available to physical copies and digital where they both exist. So have some fun on Yuricon’s new Yuri Game & Visual Novels page.

 



“The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri” at Flamecon!

FlameCon_logo-1-300x66Erica will be bringing her guerilla “history of Japanese literature” panel to Flamecon 2,  New York’s queerest comic event, which will be held in Brooklyn, New York on August 20-21.

The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri 
Saturday August 20, Room C

Another chance to talk to an LGBTQ crowd about Japanese queer media, and give folks a chance to see the evolution of Yuri and BL through their literary and artistic roots.

Prizes will be available for good questions, so bring your best!



A [Very] Brief History of Yuri video on the Essays Page

The full text and graphics of Erica’s short 100-years-in-6-slides presentation for the Tokyo Rainbow Pride event, Tokyo Comics Showcase, Vol. 1, is now available as a Youtube video!

Follow Erica through the origins of Yuri in the ‘S’movement, through mid-century angst and late-20th century magical girls, right up to the present and the Yuri genre in all of it’s messy components!

Check the video out on the Yuricon Essays page. It makes a great place to start from if you want to educate folks about Yuri. And contact us if you’d like to use the content for your own Yuri Panel!



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 (http://aliving.net/access.html) 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.

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私はゲイ、レズビアン、百合、BLマンガ会話に参加しているであろう:
5月3日 13:30~16:00
場所:新宿2丁目 AiSOTOPE LOUNGE http://aliving.net/access.html

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
百合とゲイ雑誌
司会:サイトウヤスキ
エリカ・フリードマン(百合ジャンル)
未定(ゲイジャンル)

第二部 性指向をめぐる表現、コミュニティの外へ内へ
セックスと恋愛の後にくるもの
司会:サイトウヤスキ
ゲスト:田亀源五郎
中村キヨ
コメンテーター:エリカ・フリードマン

 



New “I Love Yuri” Designs on the Yuricon Store!

Some exciting news for the Yuricon Store! We have two brand new “I Love Yuri” designs up on our Yuri Goods page.

Get these fun and stylish designs on men’s and women’s t-shirts and other apparel, phone and tablet cases, mugs, and even soft fluffy pillows to hug. Apparel items can be customized in different colors or cut.

Rainbow Lily original design for Yuricon by Ali KhanOur two new designs are the Comic Panel design by Althea Keaton and the Rainbow Lily design by Ali Khan. These two talented artists have been longtime “Friends of Yuri”…and friends of mine. ^_^

Both designs are perfect for anime cons, Pride events or any time you want to proudly share your love of Yuri and support for the LGBTQ community!

Thanks to both our artists for their fantastic work.

You can get all our original “I Love Yuri” designs on the Yuri Goods page, along with other non-media items, such as toys and accessories. Check out the Yuricon Store for the largest listings of Yuri Anime, Manga and Drama CDs. Thanks to our Yuricon patrons, you’re able to search in English and Japanese for your favorite authors and series. ^_^ When you’re looking for all the Yuri to choose from, start on the Yuricon Store!



New Thesis on Yuri by Verena Maser on Yuri Essays Page

ILYiconNew on the Yuricon Essays page, we have Beautiful and Innocent: Female Same-Sex Intimacy in the Japanese Yuri Genre – PhD thesis by Verena Maser, examining the relationship between media content, its production, and its reception in Japanese popular culture in regards to Yuri. (Full text article available at linked page.)

Yuri scholarship is really starting to build up. If you know of or have written an article on Yuri, Yuri fandom or anything to do with Yuri, let us know, we’d love to link to your work!



New Yuri Thesis on the Yuricon Essays Page

With many thanks to James Welker, we’re pleased to have added a new essay on Yuri –
Finding the power of the erotic in Japanese yuri manga a thesis by Sarah Thea Arruda Wellington to our Yuri Essays page.

We have linked to the abstract, but the full-text is also available from the abstract page. You can find this article in the Lectures and Articles on Yuri, Feminism, Fandom, Gender and Lesbian Themes section of the Yuri Essays page!



Yuricon Store Grand Opening!

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Yuricon Mascots Yuri and Midori would like to welcome you all to the  new Yuricon Store, the one-stop shop for Yuri Anime, Yuri Manga, Light Novels, Literature, Goods and more.

If you are new to the Yuricon Store, take a moment to read this description of the categories, vendors and features. Our favorite feature is the new search tool which accepts artists, titles, publishers in English and Japanese.

To celebrate our Grand Opening, and Yuricon’s 15th birthday(!), we’re running two contests for you!

Creative Contest

Are you creative? We’re holding a very special contest just for you!

Any creative endeavor that includes our mascots Yuriko and Midori makes you eligible for this contest! Fanfiction or fan art will be published here on the site, AMVs will be featured on Yuri Studio (must be Youtube compliant to be eligible), cosplay, comics or other creative efforts are welcome and will be featured on our blog. Send us any creative effort and be entered for an Amazon Gift Card.

Submissions should be mailed to yuricon at gmail dot com. For pictures, size is up to you, but it ought to be emailable and we’d appreciate a minimum 300 dpi resolution, in case the design is so amazing we want to put it on things like t-shirts. (All images you submit become property of Yuricon, but,we’ll always ask for reproduction permission first. ) For AMVs, send us a link to the video. No pornographic scenes or explicit sex, please.

The cover email must include:

Your Name
A Current Email You Actually Check
Your Age You must be 14 or older to enter

Entries should be received by August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in September.

 

Open Contest

This contest is easy. Just pick any item at all on the Yuricon Store and write a review of the item! Send us the Review and you’re entered!

Reviews have to be better than 6th grade book report. “I liked this, it was good,” won’t be accepted. Give folks an honest assessment of the series or volume or item. And, let’s be real here – this is meant to be fun for all of us, so if you’re excoriating a bad series, you’d better be funny, okay? ^_^

All reviews will be submitted for approval before being made live. Acceptable reviews will net you an entry in the contest. Multiple reviews will not get you more chances, but the judges are notoriously biased and multiple awesome reviews might. ^_^

The cover email must include:

Your Name
A Current Email You Actually Check
Your Age You must be 14 or older to enter

Entries should be received by August 31, 2015, Winners will be announced in September.

We’re looking forward to your entries and welcome your thoughts on the new Yuricon Store!



Read “Japan: Fertile Ground for the Cultivation of Yuri” by Rica Takashima from Eureka’s Current State of Yuri Culture issue!

The third article from Eureka Magazine’s “Current State of Yuri Culture ” issue, December 2014 is now online and available for all Yuricon readers! Check out public artist Takashima’s  commentary about women’s place in Japan, and how it gave birth to a new genre…not always from a place of love in Japan: Fertile Ground for the Cultivation of Yuri on the Yuricon Essays page!

 

 



How Does Japan Treat Gay People?

We get this question from time to time in lectures and panels. Today on Slate, Erica has a chance to give it the nuance it deserves, touching upon the importance of media and political representation as indicators of social acceptance.



See what’s New on The Yuricon Store!

We are approaching the end of Phase 1 on the new Yuricon Store, in which we backfill all the Yuri from past years that is still available. It’s slow work (and full of decisions like “there’s 1 copy left of this on Amazon JP, do I bother listing it?) but we’re getting there!

If you want a quick bookmark or feed to check to see what we’ve recently added, thanks to our beloved and talented webmaster, Lissa Pattillo, you can now do that easily: http://www.yuricon.com/store/new/ is text only, but you’ll be able to see quickly what was added.



Read “Thoughts on the Representation of Yuri Fandom in Kurata Uso’s Yuri danshi” from Eureka Current State of Yuri Culture issue!

eurekaThe second translated article from Eureka magazine’s “The Current State of Yuri Culture” issue is live and public on the Yuricon Essays Page!

Thoughts on the Representation of Yuri Fandom in Kurata Uso’s Yuri danshi by James Welker, translated by him and published with his permission. I found his take on the subject fascinating (As you will see when you read the article, we had discussed the topic while walking around Girls Love Fest together.)

We have one more essay coming up and I promise you, it’s excellent. Get early access to the article and any other Yuri essays we’ll post  by becoming an Okazu Patron. Even a dollar a month gets you early access and special contests and other Patron perks.

Eureka‘s “Current State of Yuri Culture” issue is available on the Yuricon Store on the Yuri Literature page , along with other Japanese and English fiction and nonfiction to help you along in your Yuri research.

Thanks again to Prof. Welker and enjoy his thoughts on Yuri fandom!



Read “Yuri: A Genre Without Borders” from Eureka Current State of Yuri Culture issue!

The Yuri Essays Page has been updated withe first translation from the Eureka, “Current State of Yuri Culture” issue (Seidosha, December 2104.)

We hope you will enjoy Yuri: A Genre Without Borders, by Yuricon founder Erica Friedman.

And stay tuned for more translations!



Yuricon Shop Update Project Report!

As I mentioned in my New Year video message,  we’re working really hard to get the Yuricon Shop updated and refurbished so, at last, there will actually, really be a one-stop shop for all your Yuri manga and anime needs. You’ll be able to chose from Amazon, RightStuf (Amazon JP for Japanese items, and other retailers as needed) and it will all be in one place! No more running around the internet to find this book from that publisher over here, and that anime from that company over there. One Stop Yuri Shopping. Finally. 

And, as I mentioned in that message to you, we need – and have gotten – ourselves some help. Our amazing web wizard, Lissa Pattillo and I are moving forward at a surprisingly enthusiastic pace to get things done. ^_^^ The English-language Yuri Manga shop page is 90% done and looking so, so so much better. With luck we’ll launch that in Q2 along with the English-language anime page. (The JP manga page is going to take longer, there’s so *much* content to add.) Here’s a screenshot of a new product page – click it for a larger image:

 

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Lissa has already given Yuricon a face lift, and the Shop is going to be amazing, with easy access to the items that are the most popular, current items; multiple search and browse options including Tags, Categories, breadcrumbs, all designed to help you find what you want.

The Japanese manga page will be the best – you’ll be able to search authors and titles in English (romaji) and Japanese, so you don’t have to guess, you’ll just be able to find Nishi UKO’s work in one click. We’ll be adding in Digital manga and webcomics from Japan and the US eventually, so you really will have a one-stop shop. If it’s out there, it’ll be here.

To get all this done, I am flat out asking you for your help.

Our Okazu Patreon is climbing slowly, but steadily, We’re just under $300/month. Literally seconds after I posted this, Superhero JTT jumped in and punched us through that goal! Thanks JTT.  We’ve just hit $300/month! My goal for relaunching the Shop is $500. Every dollar helps. I don’t make a cent on Okazu, I assure you. Every cent goes to buy books, media, supporting artists, traveling to events and lectures, paying the artists, speakers, editors, translators, publishers and web designers we’ve worked with over the years.

All Okazu patrons by Jan. 31, 2015 will receive early access to the translations of essays from the “Current State of Yuri Culture” issue of Eureka and my sincere thanks. If you can afford even $1USD a month, you’ll be helping us to keep Yuricon and Okazu on the cutting edge of Yuri Culture.

To subscribe, go here: http://www.patreon.com/Okazu A dollar a month brings us that much closer to this goal which will help everyone. Think about it, the very first all-Yuri, all the time Shop anywhere.

Thank you for your support!



Special video New Year’s Message from Erica

On Okazu, Yuricon Founder Erica Friedman talks about the Okazu and Yuricon mission for 2015 – what we’ve accomplished, where we’re going…and how you can help.



Yuri Essays Page Updated!

On Octobrr 16, Yuricon founder Erica Friedman presented a lecture at the International Christian University in Mitaka, Japan at the invitation of Prof. Beverly Curran.  The fulltext of the lecture is now available online: Persuasion and Opinion in Pop Culture Fandom – Are We the Cart or the Horse?

New Yuri essays, videos and links have been added to the most comprehensive resource list of Yuri scholarship on the Internet. Please share the link! Yuricon Essays Page.



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

マンガとコミックを通して私たちの物語を織る
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
神奈川大学



“Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?” named a “Best Manga for Grownups” at Comic-Con

We like to think that it wasn’t just because we’re friends with most of the panelists at San Diego Comic-Con’s 2013 “Best and Worst Manga” Panel, that our own Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!? was included on the list of “Best Manga for Grownups.” ^_^

Experience Rica Takashima’s look at lesbian life and love in Tokyo in the 1990s for yourself. Read Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!? for free, legally online! Enjoy!



The Final Chapters of The Continuing Adventures of Yuriko, Saiyuu no Ryouko are up!

The Final Chapters of  Saiyuu no Ryouko: The Continuing Adventures of Yuriko,  are online for your reading pleasure! It’s been a long journey, but at last you can find out what happened to out lesbian pop idol (and Yurcon mascot) Yuriko, her lover, novelist Midori and their friends…and enemies.

Enjoy!



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!