Some months ago, I mentioned a webcomic called Ahiru no Ballet, (アヒルのバレエ) that followed the “adventures” of a lesbian couple in ballet class. The manga, which can be read online, has now been collected into a single volume. The manga is a reflective comedy, that next-day-ache-from-too-much-exercise-after-too-little-for-years, but sweet, with a heartwarming ending.
YNN Correspondent Chris D points us to Dengeki Daioh magazine, where a new series “Yagate! Kimi ni Naru” (やがて君になる) has begun, about a girl who asks her friend for advice on what love is, only to have her friend confess to her.
A new magazine has premiered in Japan. Comic Cune‘s (コミックキューン) focus is on moe girls being extremely cute and cuddly. The premiere issue stars some of our favorite artists, notably Kuzushiro-sensei and Fujieda Miyabi-sensei and has just a slight lily scent. I’ve got the premiere here and will report back if there is anything of note.
You know I’m besotted with Steven Universe, Cartoon Network’s queer little love letter to Utena, but there’s so much more to love about it than just it’s queerness. The characters of Beach City are racially diverse and so is the cast. It’s like a vision of what the world might be if white people tried even a little to not be clueless. ^_^ (The article is written in an aggressive tone, for what I think are extremely understandable reasons. If it makes you feel defensive, think about why that might be.)
We have two new articles up on Yuricon’s Essays page this week and I’m terribly excited about them:
Beautiful and Innocent: Female Same-Sex Intimacy in the Japanese Yuri Genre – PhD thesis by Verena Maser, examining the relationship between media content, its production, and its reception in Japanese popular culture in regards to Yuri. (Full text article available at linked page).
Finding the Power of the Erotic in Japanese Yuri Manga – by Sarah Wellington A look at the Yuri Hime Wildrose series of volumes and their place in establishing a canon of Yuri erotica. Abstract available at the link, full-text is available with a clickthrough.)
And while you’re doing you research, check out Kathryn Hemmann’s Queering the media mix: The female gaze in Japanese fan comics in Transformative Work and Culture, a look at explicitly female gaze in shoujo and BL.
Dates! An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction sound so cool I can barely stand it! Thanks to YNN Correspondent Elizabeth F for the heads up on this one.
Sequart.org has this wonderful interview with Deborah Whaley on Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime.
On Hooded Utilitarian, Chris Gavaler looks at Patricia Highsmith, best known for her contributions to lesbian fiction, as a comics pioneer.
A lost classic of 70s animation from MushiPro (credited with being one of the factors in Tezuka’s studio’s downfall,), Belladonna of Sadness has been restored and is making the rounds of film festivals. This looks absolutely stunning.
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