Yaoi-Con 2005 Pre-Con Press Release

Oct 19th 2005
San Francisco, CA, USA — October 18, 2005 — Yaoi-Con, the only Western fan convention dedicated solely to the yaoi genre of Japanese anime and manga, is fast approaching. This year's event will be held the weekend of October 28-30, 2005 at the Westin San Francisco Airport hotel in California. 2005 marks Yaoi-Con's fifth anniversary and the organizers are looking forward to the biggest and best event yet!

Created primarily by women for a largely female audience, yaoi is unique in its exploration of deep platonic bonds and romantic relationships between male characters. The intense and highly idealized examples of love and romance commonly found in yaoi works are a major factor in the genre's soaring popularity outside Japan, including the United States. In its country of origin, yaoi is widely accepted and many popular mainstream mangaka, or manga artists, had their start in the genre.

Since its inception, Yaoi-Con has been committed to the promotion and celebration of this unique genre. So in honor of its fifth year anniversary, the convention is very pleased to welcome a truly classic guest of honor, well-known yaoi mangaka Kodaka Kazuma. Kodaka-sensei is best known for the wildly popular, long-running Kizuna series, a manga beloved by fans new and old alike. Kizuna is available in the U.S. in both translated manga and DVD formats.

Yaoi-Con is also glad to welcome back Higuri You, one of the con's inaugural guests from 2001, as a special guest of Digital Manga Publishing. Several of Higuri-sensei's works are available – or are upcoming – in the U.S. (Seimaden, Gorgeous Carat, Cantarella), and her current big hit in Japan is the game tie-in manga, Gakuen Heaven.

Both Kodaka-sensei and Higuri-sensei will be participating in individual art demonstrations and Q&A sessions as well as signing autographs for attendees.

As in years past, Yaoi-Con 2005 will feature such activities and events as a 24-hour anime screening room; yaoi-themed panels and workshops; a Dealers' Room packed full hard-to-find merchandise; a fundraising Bishounen (beautiful boy) Auction; Fiction, Cosplay and Anime Music Video contests; and much, much more. New to the convention this year is a manga library, boasting over 1,000 volumes of manga and artbooks.

Yaoi-themed anime and manga continues to enjoy a rising popularity in the United States, and 2005 has seen more titles released here than in all past years combined. This greater commercial attention to the genre continues to attract new fans and ensures the popularity and success of Yaoi-Con in 2005 and for years to come.

For additional information on Yaoi-Con, visit the Web site at http://www.yaoicon.com or contact the Public Relations Chair, April Gutierrez, at [email protected]

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