Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014


Okazu News

Our top news this week is the grand opening of subscriptions to Okazu.

If you love reading weekly news round-ups,  reviews of Yuri manga, anime and related media, special features such as Event Reports,  Interviews with Yuri Creators, Opinion pieces and Articles on the cultural and literary History of Yuri, then please support Okazu and help us maintain the quality and quantity of our content. For an overview of our our goals and rewards, and to subscribe, please visit Okazu on Patreon!

I’ll back off beating this drum now, but you’ll see links at the bottom of most posts going forward and I expect I’ll do awareness -raising again towards the end of the year. Don”t worry if you can’t doing anything now – this is not a race. Subscriptions links will remain live and I plan on doing Okazu for  long, long time. ^_^


YNN Correspondent Roundup

From YNN Correspondent Ellen K, news that Takarazuka is working on another anime/manga -related character show, this time the infamous thief Lupin the Third.

YNN Senior European Correspondent Grisznak reports that Polish doujinshi company, The Cold Desire, is looking for a authors for the second edition of their Yuri fiction anthology. They have previously released a Yuri manga anthology with Polish authors and a volume of Yuri fiction. Great news that they’ve found enough creators and readers to go a second volume. Good luck to them. ^_^

YNN Correspondent Jin notes that ANN has reported amazing news – Yuri Kuma Arashi, a joint project with Utena and Penguindrun director Ikuhara Kunihiko, with character designs by Morishima Akiko is being made into an anime. This should be interesting, at the very least. ^_^

YNN Senior Correspondent Erin S has a massive pile of lovely queer webcomics that she wanted to share with you all:

Her Wings by Kat Leyh (available as a download for the incredibly low price of $2)

Once Upon A Time There Was A Prince from the Crispy Fish Tumblr

A  little love story about mermaids and tattoos – from the Charmingly Antiquated Tumblr

From The Great  Experiment: The Hand of a Princess. This was fantastic. ^_^

Bethany Parker’s  sobering Day In the Life of  Queer Black Woman and an equally sobering look at how bisexuals are not always welcome at LGBTQ events, from EmpathizeThis.com

Just a note on Tumblr – Tumblr has great mechanics for sharing within Tumblr, but exceedingly poor mechanics to rtain attribution and credit. If you have a Tumblr thing to share, if you can send me the link to the actual real original, that’d be great. Creators – put your damn name on your comics!

To this list of fantastic social commentary in comic form I want to add Karine Charlebois‘  Illustrated Guide to Issues of Harassment, Representation, And Media Criticism, written up on The Mary Sue. This was just a lovely little conversation with readers who still aren’t quite cluing in.  I suggest bookmarking it, it will probably come in handy at some point. ^_^


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4 Responses

  1. Heidi says:

    Thanks for the “Prejudice at Pride” link, it was so on point.

    So many people get so disappointed thinking along the lines of “If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – having been on the receiving end of hate themselves – then how will anyone else understand?” and seeking understanding from bigots.

    I used to feel that way too. :(

    It’s like expecting Clarence Thomas to have not harassed to Anita Hill because, having been a target of racism himself, of course he’d understand that sexism is bad too.

    It’s like expecting all non-trans feminist women to accept transgender people because, having been targets of sexism themselves, of course they’d understand that transphobia is bad too.

    It’s like expecting anyone who lacks *one* privilege to automatically check some *other* privilege that he or she has.


    • It makes sense that we expect people to have empathy when they have themselves suffered discrimination, but empathy is not something people necessarily learn from bad situations. Some people become bitter. Some people just cannot understand anything they have not directly experienced themselves.

      Some people, having experienced discrimination in places, begin to expect it and see it everywhere, even when there is a valid alternate explanation. I know some, having never truly experienced real discrimination who see it everywhere, because they were primed to see it by whatever talk radio voice tells them to.

      • Heidi says:

        Sadly, right on.

        “I know some, having never truly experienced real discrimination who see it everywhere, because they were primed to see it by whatever talk radio voice tells them to.”

        Wow, have you read http://parabasis.typepad.com/blog/2012/05/the-fandom-issue-marvelous.html too? It’s about a similarity to conservatives being primed by right-wing talk radio:

        “Here, too, are resonances with revanchist American conservatism: the vague feeling that, somewhere, shadowy elites are mocking you. I think part of this has to be a function of the fact that, for many young adult geeks, the notion of their marginalization is entirely secondhand; they grew up into a cultural world that genuflects to them, but have been told that being a part of geek culture means shaking an angry fist at the squares who sneer at them.”

        • I haven’t read that. I know those people. In the absence of any real hardship, they get their vicarious thrill from digging in their heels about things that don’t actually affect them.

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