Australia's Largest Yaoi and Yuri Convention is About to Hit Sydney!

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - 12 February 2014

Room 801, Australia's newest adults-only anime convention, is being held in Sydney on the 22nd of February. The complete guest lineup includes veteran animator and comic artist Jozef Szekeres, indie-punk author Mary Borsellino, indie game designer Luke Miller, censorship lawyer Dr Scott Beattie and high-profile yaoi fans Aarin and Level4Chaos. An exclusive screening of the NHK-commissioned documentary “The Fragile Heart of Moé” will also be a highlight of the two-day convention.

Room 801 caters to the niche yaoi and yuri fandom, which revolves around Japanese media that focuses on romantic same-sex relationships. The convention's name comes from a Japanese slang term for yaoi and the concept of an intimate space, and its coincidental timing with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is sure to keep attendees entertained after hours.

The convention's special guests will give presentations throughout the weekend, as well as participating in panel discussions on topics such as 'Comparing Homoerotica, Slash and Yaoi/Yuri' and ‘Getting Your Fiction Published’.

JOZEF SZEKERES is an established artist with 25 years of experience in animation, direction, concept design, comics and commercial art. His presentation will cover his experiences and impressive body of work, including his latest comic release through Black Mermaid Productions, Elf~Fin: Hyfus & Tilaweed.

MARY BORSELLINO is the author of critically acclaimed young adult dark fantasy and erotica, including “Ruby Coral Carnelian” and “The Wolf House”. Borsellino will be offering anecdotes and insights into how fandom has helped shape her original work, and reading passages from some of her fiction

LUKE MILLER is the proud game designer of “My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant”, a gay-themed point-and-click adventure game. He will be speaking about his approach to and experiences making a gay game, as well as his upcoming game “Escape from Pleasure Planet”.

SCOTT BEATTIE is a media lawyer and lecturer specialising in censorship law. His main presentation will give yaoi and yuri creators an overview of the legal risks for Australians and tips to avoid legal trouble. He will also be offering legal advice to attendees during the weekend.

LEVEL4CHAOS is an Australian fan who has been creating costumes, fanart and fanfiction for over a decade. She will be sharing tips and techniuques for writing and cosplay, as well as looking back at her journey through fandom over the years.

AARIN is a yaoi fan from Malaysia and the founder of the popular online yaoi community AarinFantasy. She will be announcing her plans for AarinFantasy and introducing the work of several Asian and international artists, as well as work by Japanese company Otome's Way.

Additional events include the Australian premiere of the Indian-produced, NHK-commissioned documentary “The Fragile Heart of Moé”; a live playthrough of the classic pigeon dating sim “Hatoful Boyfriend” by the Gaming Cult Podcast team; and an introduction to shibari (Japanese rope bondage) by Hebari, a renowned Sydney-based artist and educator. Attendees will be able to purchase merchandise, art and comics from Aarinfantasy, Otome's Way and local artists Nekochii, Kittyhawk, Bea Bravo, Fox Lee, Y Labs, Amei Zhao and Ajadeart. A swap meet on Saturday night will allow fans to buy and sell second-hand pop culture goods including books, DVDs and merchandise in a relaxed, social setting.

Room 801 will be held at the Y Hotel HYDE Park in central Sydney on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2014. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, with pre-registration giving attendees automatic entries into a draw to win a range of prizes, from signed postcards to yaoi manga eBook vouchers and anime DVDs. Buy tickets and get the latest updates on the convention, including the schedule and giveaways, by visiting the website at www.room801.com.au.

Recap


Date: 22-23 February 2014
9am to 9pm (Saturday), 9am to 5pm (Sunday)
Location: Y Hotel HYDE Park, 5-11 Wentworth Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Ticket prices: from $25 to $60
Website: www.room801.com.au.

About Objectionable Events


Objectionable Events was formed by two female fans to bring an inclusive, mature convention to the Australian anime convention scene. Both organisers are longtime fans of anime, manga and video games and have backgrounds in conventions and online fandom.

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