Yuri Network News – July 17, 2010

July 17th, 2010

Yuri Manga

Octave, Volume 5 is slated to hit the shelves in late August. I’m really looking forward to this volume! We’re well past the “happily-ever-after” bits into real life.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that a third volume of Hinagiku Junshin Jogakuen is out. The reason I never reviewed Volume 2 is that every time I read a chapter in Comic Ryuu it seemed to be about the elfin teacher, not about the relationship between Ami and Yui. But, late in Volume 1 a new character was introduced (whose name I have completely forgotten.) She was like a mini-Yui. Well, the cover of Volume 3, probably falsely, indicates that having failed to get Yui, Ami has turned towards whateverhernameis.

I cannot believe this series is still running…

Yuri Hime Wildrose 6 is slated for release next month, as is Tokimeki Mononoki Gakuen, Volume 2 and a collection of Aoki Mitsue’s stories from Yuri Hime, Princess Princess.

I get a lot of questions about the overall popularity or sales of various manga put out by Ichijinsha. I don’t have any numbers to give you, folks, sorry. My bet is that even the most popular series aren’t reaching into the tens of thousands. However, no one can deny that Ichijinsha is putting out a lot of manga these days. They must be paying for themselves, don’t you think?

New manga magazine Comic Sumomo is launching with a high school girls love story by High School Girls creator Oshima Towa. The new magazine will hit shelves in Japan on August 10.

Oh, phew! There’s Maria-sama ga Miteru news. I was worried. The fifth omnibus volume of the manga is now available. The manga picks up again in the September volume of The Margaret (ザマーガレット) magazine. That will probably be out next month in Japan, it might take a little longer to get to the US. Just as a refresher, the manga stopped with the graduation of the Rosas: Youko, Eriko and Sei. The series will pick up with Yumi’s second year. You know what that means, right? We’re going to have to go through Rainy Blue…again. Sigh.

Of course, this is all to raise interest in the series for the late October release of the live-action movie. I can’t wait to see that. (I wonder what airfares to Tokyo are for October…?)


Yuri Events

This very weekend is the 19th Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. If you do get a chance to see anything there, be sure to tell us how it was!

I know that my own appearances have dwindled down to nothing. That is largely because of  an obsessive need to work now that I am again employed. Also, the whole lack of permanent employment kind of made it hard for me to travel. My apologies. If you want me to appear at an event near you, please be considerate of that – I don’t have an unlimited budget to travel, so if you are running an event, even a token offer of a stipend for food/hotel/travel can make the difference between me being there or not. I get an amazing amount of invitations that don’t account for this. (Come to Australia to do a panel! Um…)

In any case, here’s a few things in the coming months where you can find me and ALC Publishing!

Fresh Fruit Festival Art Show – July 20-31, New York City:

100% Yuri Manga by ALC Publishing will be part of the art show at the Leslie Lohman Gallery, July 20-31. Unlike art on the walls, our books will be out and open and available to read. Please drop by and see the great artists (including our own Rica Takashima!) who have contributed to this group art show. I was at this event last year for the opening and had an absolute blast. I hope you’ll drop by.

New York Comic-Con/New York Anime Festival – October 8-10, New York City:

I am going to be there working for the folks at Media-Blasters. I have applied for a Yuri panel, but have not yet heard back. Email them and tell them you want one! In any case, you should be able to find me at MB’s small city of tables.

MangaNEXT – October 29-31, East Brunswick, NJ:

I have *no* idea what I’ll be doing there. I volunteered to work PR (social media side, of course) but we’ll see what I’m actually doing. I hope to have a Yuri panel, because there’s a LOT of Yuri manga coming out in Japan now.

There’s the schedule right now. No, no Otakon, sorry.

2011, SDCC is on the list. I really gotta get there and see how it stacks up to Comiket. :-)

And YNN correspondent socchan reminds us that today is Femslash Day as celebrated by Femslash Con, a remote chat-based event. There is a Yuri Panel tonight 11PM EDT (GMT -5) in their Panel Room 2. It will be hosted by the (in)famous and awesome writer Dreiser and if I can, I’ll pop in, too! You’ll need to download and enable the Paltalk chat software to participate. Visit the Femslash con site to find out what you need and where you need to go.


Okazu News

Thanks to everyone who has written in to say that they like the new header. (Once again my thanks to Lissa for her work on it. It’s absolutely grin-inducing.)

Here’s the question – would any of you be interested in a Okazu t-shirt with the design? We could do Okazu Super/Hero shirts, maybe, as well. Think about it. We’re coming up on an anniversary here and I want to do something special.


Other News

This morning, before I started the YNN report, I read this great article about Internet journalism and comments, and my thoughts immediately turned to you, my readers.

I do my best to present all the Yuri I can here. I try to think critically about it – even going so far as to parse my own biases and explain the *whys* of why I feel about things and what, exactly, I like and dislike about it. I try to give my comments context, color, and a clear sense of humor. (There’s a reason the picture in the top right of the blog has me grinning. That’s the expression I try to blog with – this had better be fun, or why am I doing it!? )

When I post, I often provide history, artistic and literary background, I delve deeper into a thing than just “This was good. I liked it.” Blame my teachers – I was writing full-blown research papers from the age of 11. (Thank you Mrs. Ziegler!)

And of course, I write this weekly YNN report, which is pretty straightforward reporting – with editorial commentary because it’s my blog, duh. lol I admit to mistakes, fix errors and generally try to be as authentic as possible. I welcome feedback and input from you.

In effect, I strive to create good reading. A balance of the news and critical commentary, with a background of research and overall transparency. A Yuri magazine, if you will.

Of *course* I get trolls in the comments here at Okazu. I publish them 99% percent of the time and really, the only time I don’t is if they contain links to places I don’t want this blog to link to like porn sites and multi-level marketing schemes or when they contain threats of physical violence. The trolls sometimes are funny, sometimes are sad and are always indicative of the fact that a particular post made someone, somewhere feel *something*. Mostly anger, but that’s still a kind of engagement. ^_^;

But, you know, most of the comments here are wonderful. You – the readers of Okazu, my readers – are such a fun, intelligent crowd. You’re people I’m thrilled to meet in person, people I’d be happy to have over for lunch. You are my Heros, my advocates, my conversation partners and in many cases, my friends.

I may well be the luckiest blogger in the world.

Okazu is nearing an 8th anniversary, so I just wanted to take this opportunity to say to all of you – thank you.

You’re the best audience on the Internet.


That’s a wrap for this week.

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Thanks to all of you – you make this a great Yuri Network!

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15 Responses

  1. socchan says:

    I actually did send you an e-mail about it, but it looks like you may not have gotten (to?) it. Today’s the third annual International Day of Femslash (http://www.femslashday.com/). A bunch of people are going to be celebrating by posting fic and such, and it looks like the people behind the website are also hosting an online convention as well.

    And thank you as well for all of the hard work you put into this blog. Almost all of my Yuri purchases are made because I first heard about the titles from you :)

  2. @socchan – Yes, you did and I got it, then forgot in the middle of a bunch of stuff. I’ll add it in. Thanks.

  3. Mara says:

    “Okazu is nearing an 8th anniversary, so I just wanted to take this opportunity to say to all of you – thank you.”

    You are most welcome.

    We visit Okazu because it is easily the most useful and informative blog on Yuri. There are so many different things I have found here that I otherwise would have never found, nearly every week feels like a gift of something fresh and interesting.

    So thank you Erica Friedman, for being the Oda Nobunaga of Yuri. ^^

  4. No THANK YOU Erica! When I first discovered Yuri, your blog was a tremendous beacon guiding me along my Yuri journey!

    Keep up the wonderful work!

  5. Milly says:

    Actually, trolls don’t feel anger by your posting by definition. They just want you to feel anger.

  6. @Milly – They feel emotionally compelled to post at all. That’s engagement.

    My attitude towards trolling is “sticks and stones.” There’s basically nothing they can say that will get me that upset.

  7. Thank you Erica for your blog!!! I’ve been a subcribed for over a year now!!

  8. @yasashiisekai – I’m thrilled that you’re part of the Okazu community. :-)

  9. I usually don’t comment, specially not on YNN posts unless I can’t help myself or I have something useful to add, but I must say it’s rare t find a blogger who’s aware of the readers and are actually glad about them, not because of their number, but for the quality of their thoughts poured into the blog.
    I’m happy you like us :D You always do a great job with reviews (they usually same my time from reading crappy stuff) and Yuri news. So thank you to you too!

  10. @4guiltypleasure – You know, I had never considered that, but you’re right. Most people care about the quantity of people who read them – I am totally focused on the quality of my readers (which is very high!) ^_^

  11. Senbei says:

    For a first time visitor to both NYCC/AF and MangaNext who has to choose between them, which would you recommend? I’m of course more interested in Yuri, and it seems more likely that there will be a Yuri panel at MangaNext. My friend is more interested in the guests they have at the NYCC. I definitely can’t afford both. ;\

    Regarding the Ichijinsha discussion, how widespread would you say their distribution is? My friend M who’s a lesbian that lives in Osaka and attends Bian events claims no knowledge about Ichijinsha or Yuri Hime. I’m wondering if maybe their marketing is narrow in scope? Or just not highly distributed outside of Tokoy?

  12. @senbei – They are so different it’s hard to know what to say. NYAF is going to have 40-60,000 people. MangaNEXT will be lucky to get 4000.

    NYAF is run by a professional exhibition company, Reed Exhibitions, and will feature globally known guests. MangaNEXT is run by fans and will be lucky to have guests.

    I’ve applied for a Yuri panel at NYAF. I cant tell you if they’ll accept it.

    Going to either for Yuri is a fool’s bet. There’s not likely to be much whichever you do, because there’s not much Yuri in English these days. No anime, little manga. I don’t think you’re likely to find much, regardless.

  13. @senbei – #senbei – Sorry I didn’t see your second question. The only answer I have is – your friend needs to get over to a manga store to find Yuri manga. Yuri Hime isn’t going to be in a regular book store any more then BL manga will. If your friend goes to Animate, Mandarake or Toranoana in Osaka, I find it very hard to believe that they will have never have heard of them.

    It’s not that distribution is limited – it’s that it’s limited to manga stores, like most manga for anyone over the age of 6. And the percentage of people who are otaku in Japan is probably the same as here – which is to say, not all that many. Lesbians who like manga is a niche of a niche of niche in any country. If your friend has never once heard of Yuri Hime or Ichijinsha, she’s not an otaku and so she is probably not shopping anywhere it’s sold. (Ichijinsha is not Kodansha, but it has a number of decent selling magazines other than Yuri Hime. So anyone familiar with manga would probably recognize them from Comic Rex or Zero-Sum, if not Yuri Hime.)

    So, in short, you’re basically asking a golf lesbian (or whatever she’s into) if she’s aware of something she isn’t. Otherwise, she would be.

    Just curious, what did you think of the NFL draft this year? Or wasn’t it well-distributed around you? :-)

  14. Ayra says:

    “Tokimeki Mononoki Gakuen, Volume 2”

    Wah? Already? I thought that there was only going to be two volumes to this story, but it didn’t finish being published in Yuri Hime yet, right? Did it get dropped from Yuri Hime so close to the end, or will there be 3 volumes, or will the book surprisingly come before the serie is fully published in Yuri Hime?

    Either way, thank you for the news! I already have the first volume and I’m definitively going to get volume 2 next month then.

    Regarding the rest… Well, I’ll admit I really don’t post often at all. I don’t always agree with everything you write (Usually yes, always no). I don’t live anywhere close to any possible conference or anything of the like. I still find your opinions enlightening and the information you post is extremely useful and interesting: I come to Okazu at least weekly to read the new posts.

    So even though I should be commenting and saying it more often… A big “Thank You” for Okazu! :)

  15. @Ayra – I have no way to know what the future of Tokimeki Mononoke Gakuen is, aside from what is online. There is a second volume available is all I can tell you right now.

    I will also say this – up until now, Yuri Hime has only been quarterly, and not every story ran in all four issues. Just because you haven’t seen the story recently doesn’t absolutely mean it’s over or cancelled. Mostly, fans just forget that a story might only get one chapter every 6 months or so.

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