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Yaoi Con Returns

posted on 2002-02-09 13:48 EST
Yaoi Con, The convention deadicated exclusively Yaoi (Female Fantasy Anime/Manga dealing with male/male relationships) has announced it's 2002 convention with this press release.

Announcing the 2nd occurence of Yaoi-Con, Yaoi-Con organizers have sent out the following press release:


Yaoi-Con Returns to San Francisco, October 18-20, 2002!

On September 1 2001, Yaoi-Con, the first and only Western
conference dedicated to the yaoi genre of anime and manga, made its
debut on the sunny shores of San Francisco -- a city renowned for its
free spirit and diversity. Our thanks go out to the sponsors, dealers
and, most of all, the fans who made our inaugural event a smash!

2002 DATES!

Due to the overwhelming success of our premiere and the generous
hospitality of the Bay Area, Yaoi-Con is pleased to announce its return
to San Francisco for an extended two-day event on October 18- 20,
2002.

CONFIRMED GUESTS

Yaoi-Con is pleased to announce the confirmation of Nitta Youka as a
Guest of Honor for 2002. Nitta Youka is one of the most popular yaoi
mangaka in Japan today. 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 Be-Boy Gold
and Comic Hanato. Nitta is also 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.

We are very fortunate to have this outstanding mangaka as our guest
this year at Yaoi-con and She is looking forward to meeting Yaoi fans
in the West.

PROGRAMMING

Art Show
Showcase your artistic talents by hanging your art in our Art Room.
Pick up valuable tips and make new friends by sitting with other artists
in the Artist Alley.

Panels
Our popular panel series provides the perfect forum for fans to discuss
a wide variety of topics on the yaoi genre, fandom and Japanese
culture with industry luminaries and pundits.

Discussion Groups
If there's a genre niche not covered in our extensive panel track, there
will be plenty of opportunities for fans to congregate and discuss
whatever tickles their fancy, be it anime, videogames or J-Rock.

Videos
This year, our 24-hour video room will start even earlier! The video
room opens on Friday evening and will stay open thoughout the
weekend.

More Programming coming, so please check our programming page for
the latest developments.

CONVENTION VENUE

This year's conference will be held at the scenic, newly renovated
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel in the heart of San Francisco. Our
new location boasts easy access to plenty of sightseeing, shopping
and restaurants. As a special reward, folks staying in the hotel will be
eligible for pass that lets them into the Dealer's Room early.

The special Yaoi-Con room rates are as follows:

$110 per night: single and double occupancy
$125 per night: triple occupancy
$140 per night: quadruple occupancy

Twenty-six stories tall, with over 500 spacious guest rooms, the
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway offers scenic views of downtown San
Francisco, the Bay Bridge, the Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. For
your convenience, there are both a restaurant (serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner) and cocktail lounge on the main floor, an ATM
on-site, as well as a gift shop and newsstand. For our out-of-state
and foreign attendees, currency exchange and a rental car desk
(Hertz) are available on the premises.

Each room comes with a cable TV, phone with data port, modem
access, safe, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Other
hotel amenities include dry cleaning/laundry and business services
(copying, faxing, Internet access, etc.). There is also an exercise room
and outdoor heated pool for guest use. The helpful hotel staff speaks
Chinese, German, Japanese, and Spanish in addition to English.

To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at 1-415-441-4000 or
1-800-465-4329.

PRE-REGISTRATION

Registration is now open. Pre-reg now and be eligible for exclusive
Yaoi-Con gifts.

Membership Fees:

$40 ~ Before April 30, 2002,
$50 ~ From May 1 to September 18, 2002,
$60 ~ At the Door

Yaoi-Con is pleased to offer attendees the convenience of online
registration. Visit 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 reports and
photos from our debut 2001 event, please visit our web site at
http://www.yaoicon.com

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