Yaoi-Con Update

Oct 17th 2003
San Francisco, CA, USA - October 13, 2003 - Yaoi-Con, the only fan convention dedicated solely to the yaoi genre of Japanese anime and manga, welcomes everyone 18 and older, to its third annual event, to be held this coming weekend, October 17-19, 2003, in downtown San Francisco, California at the luxurious Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel.

At-The-Door Membership Fees are as follows: $40-Saturday $35-Sunday $60-Full Weekend

Yaoi anime and manga emphasize romantic relationships and strong platonic bonds between male characters. These works are created by female authors and artists for the benefit of a traditionally female audience. While this may seem strange to Westerners, the genre is widely accepted in Japan and many popular manga artists have had their start creating yaoi doujinshi (fan comics) before moving on to more generalized themes.

This year's Guest of Honor is professional Japanese manga artist Shushushu Sakurai, a frequent contributor to popular manga magazines such as BexBoy and Boys Pierce, and character designer for a recent yaoi game, “Seikaihouretsuden.” Sakurai-sensei will be demonstrating her artistic techniques to attendees and signing autographs.

Yaoi-Con 2003 is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of all things yaoi, and will feature such traditional con activities and events as a 24-hour anime screening room, panels and workshops, a Dealers' Room with hard-to-find merchandise, a Fan Corridor where fans may sell their own art and crafts, a music video contest, a Cosplay contest, and a Saturday night dance, featuring the return of Robert Blaque from Secret Secret as a guest DJ. Yaoi-Con 2003 also presents some more unique events such as a fundraising Bishounen (beautiful boy) Auction, featuring Shiki last years most prized object of obsession, yaoi bingo, yaoi Family Feud and a yaoi Dating Game.

This is Yaoi-Con's third year in the City by the Bay and will undoubtedly be its most successful. With the influx of new yaoi-themed anime and manga being released in the U.S., the yaoi fan base has been increasing exponentially day by day and the con anticipates a good turn out.

For more information, please visit the Yaoi-Con Web site: http://www.yaoicon.com

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