It’s that time of year again! Winter Comiket is just around the corner. This year the hordes will gather at Tokyo Big Sight on December 29-31. For those of you planning on going, (or planning on buying doujinshi from Toranoana, Yahoo JP Auctions or through a buying service afterwards,) here is the Small Call List of Comiket 79 Yuri Doujinshi Circles.
Also for folks who plan on attending Fuyu-Comi, I recommend a very silly tool called Twitcomike. It’s a Twitter extension that maps circles to their locations, based on their profiles on Twitter. (Many, perhaps most, artists on Twitter add their table at the next event they will attend to their profiles.) You can search by Day, Hall, Table Number, Circle Name, mark circles of interest, follow circles. Click on a table and the circle’s profile from the catalog pops up, including their Twitter address. You can download your map as a PDF. Frankly, I’m absolutely in love with this tool. Now I need never feel sad that I don’t have the catalog. I intend on attending the 2011 Winter Comiket and this tool will be my guide.
Yuri Drama CD
On her blog, Morinaga Milk-sensei lists the cast for the upcoming GIRL FRIENDS Drama CD. Here are the two leads:
Akko: Endou Aya (Bachou in Ikkitousen:XX, Miyuki in Lucky Star, Lena in Mai Otome S.ifr)
Mari: Sasaki Mikoi (Hercule Barton in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)
The rest are on her blog for your perusal.
The January issue of Comic High contains a manga-fied Drama CD recording report drawn by Morinaga-sensei.
Snatches of Yuri
Furui Suguri’s Futarism will be out in January for fans of “Sister Love-Love.”
I have no idea what kind of Yuri this has (the reports indicate that there is a “Yuri episode”) but Nekogami Yaoyoruzu is being turned into an anime. The title alone is enough to tell me that I am uninterested. If you watch it and want to do a guest review, let me know!
Maria-sama ga Miteru News
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, a new Marimite novel is on the way. It’s coming out on December 28 and it’s called Maria-sama ga Miteru:Step. Unsubstantiated rumor has it that we might be meeting Noriko’s potential soeur.
At Experiments in Manga, Ash is giving away some Strawberry Panic! manga. She also gives you a chance to win on Twitter. Check it out for a chance to praise the Yuri Manga you love best!
Last up, this isn’t Yuri at *all* but I want to call your attention to the absolutely fabulous comic Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch. When I was growing up, I consumed a lot of Jewish folk stories. Actually, I read a lot of folklore and myths, full stop. But Jewish stories always fascinated me because the heroes were rarely strong, but they were always smart. Didn’t matter if they were men or women, wit almost always won the day. Not being strong, but being endowed with a full measure of sarcasm and wit as a kid, I could totally get behind that. Hereville is set in a fantasy Orthodox Jewish village in Somewhere, Europe, after taxes, before America. (That last bit is a joke – if you get the reference, you’ll laugh. If you don’t, you’ll correct me in the comments.)
Mirka is one of a number of daughters who wants more out of life than knitting and cooking. She’s smart, but not stupendously so, and has a terrificly snarky step-mother. Mirka gets involved with a magical pig, a witch and a troll, providing her all the adventure she ever wanted and more.
Hereville captures the feeling that I got as a kid reading stories of the Golem of Prague or of the townspeople of Chelm. That Olde Worlde Europe Jewish life that I was glad to have stories of, but was even gladder that I didn’t have to live.
I can’t think of a better book for a young me. 11-year old Mirka would have been a fine companion in my desire for adventure and magic and a chance to use my wit against the odds. If you know a young girl with an open mind, and interest in folk tales and a desire for a sword, Hereville would make a terrific, totally-not-what-they-expected gift.
That’s a wrap for this week.
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