Kazuma Kodaka Signing in NYC

Top Yaoi Author Kazuma Kodaka to Hold Autograph Session at New York City's Rockefeller Center

Ms. Kazuma Kodaka is coming to Kinokuniya Bookstore at 2 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2005

New York, NY (April 1, 2005) – America's first name in Yaoi graphic novels, Be Beautiful, is proud to announce an autograph session with Ms. Kazuma Kodaka, a pioneer and top-ranked artist of the Yaoi genre. The signings will take place at the Rockefeller Center Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York City at 2 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2005.

Ms. Kodaka is the author of the best selling Yaoi manga series in Japanese publishing history, Kizuna - Bonds of Love. Currently available in America from the Be Beautiful label, this ground-breaking romantic masterpiece has sky-rocketed to fame around the world, due to its engaging characters, deep romanticism, and unflinching erotic depictions of love between impossibly beautiful men. The film version of Kizuna will receive its U.S. premiere at New York's Japan Society the previous evening.

Kinokuniya will have a variety of Ms. Kodaka's works available for sale and signing, including original Japanese publications imported specially for this event.

About Ms. Kazuma Kodaka:

One of the first, and certainly the most successful of all Yaoi artists, Ms. Kodaka's career began in 1989 with the publication of “Sessa Takuma!” in Weekly Shonen Champion magazine. The author of Kizuna, Kimera, and Kusatta Kyoshi No Hoteishiki, Ms. Kodaka's works have received acclaim throughout the world over the past fifteen years, and have been the cause of the worldwide fascination with the Yaoi genre of graphic novels.

About Be Beautiful:

Be Beautiful is America's leader in the publication of Yaoi manga graphic novels, aimed at college age and older female readers. Yaoi manga are illustrated romantic graphic novels, featuring stories about love and relationships between impossibly beautiful men, written by female artists for female readers. Be Beautiful graphic novels are distributed exclusively by Central Park Media, one of America's oldest publishers of Japanese anime and manga.

About Kinokuniya Bookstore New York

Located at 10 West 49th Street in the middle of Rockefeller Center, Kinokuniya Bookstore is the New York branch of one of Japan's largest and most renowned book chain. Founded in 1927, Kinokuniya is the leading bookstore chain in Japan (60 domestic stores and 26 overseas). To attain a high level of customer satisfaction, the company has been opening large-scale bookstores, selling publications over the Internet, and building up a peerless network of sales offices serving educational and research institutions all over Japan and the world.

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