Expect some slight weirdness from posts for the next two weeks, as I’ll be in transit. I’ll probably be writing some from my destination, but making no promises. ^_^
So if Okazu seems to be sort of dormant for a few days I assure you I’m just out having fun – hopefully along with some of you! ^_^ And I promise tales of adventures and shopping along the way. ^_^
First, I want to thank all the folks that turned out for the Baruch and LaGuardia college talks! Great questions, terrific co-presenters and a lot of fun! Many thanks to CJ Suzuki, George Tsouris and Ann Matsuuchi for making it all possible!
Next up, I’ll be speaking in Shinjuku Ni-Choume, Tokyo on May 3rd as part of the Tokyo Comics Showcase, Vol 1 on queer comics.
Yuri doujinshi festival Girls Love Fest is in the Tokyo metropolitan area on June 5th.
And I’ll be presenting at AnimeNEXT on Saturday, June 11. So if you missed my NYC presentations, join me there!
If you’re looking for an LGBTQ-inclusive event, you have a number of excellent choices these days. Flamecon will be be held in Brooklyn, NY in August. It was all about being a queer fan of comics and/or being a fan or queer comics.
Nijicon in October in the Greater Philadelphia area. It was charming and friendly and I recommend it.
And for our European readers, there’s Y/Con in Paris in November!
How cool is that? All these great BL/Yuri/gay/lesbian comic events!
Folks with Japanese Kindle access, while searching for information for my Tokyo Comics Showcase talk, I found that the classic Riyoko Ikeda’s early queer manga Claudine…! (クローディーヌ…！) had been re-released by a publisher called Fairbell in 2006 (how on earth did I miss that?) and that is now available on Japanese Kindle! Quick go get it and read this amazing, if not happy, story.
Mekimeki’s Yuri love comedy, Only ☆You ~Anata to Watashi no Hitoribocchi Keikaku~ (オンリー☆ユー ~あなたと私の二人ぼっち計画~) is yet another schoolgirl wacky thing.
Sailor Moon News
SailorMoonWorld.it uploaded a monster set of 250 pictures from the Mori Tower Sailor Moon Exhibit. Personally, I am most interested in the large panels of the color art, and the items in the gift shop. ^_^ Check out the photos and be amazed. I wonder whose collection it is?
And for fans of the current Sailor Moon Crystal end theme, Eternal Eternity, ANN reports that the the two musical parts have been parsed out for fun karaoke versions on Youtube!
Keri Crist-Wagner has put together a short list of Magically Queer Webcomics for Panels.net for your reading pleasure.
While Adam Frey at Popculture Uncovered, looks at the knotty problem of selling diverse comics to the comics-buying audience and why wanting doesn’t guarantee buying with You’ve Got Your Diversity, So Why Don’t You Buy Them?
Feminist Frequency, having wrapped up their work on women in videogames, has just crowdfunded a new, very exciting project – Ordinary Women, a video series on women who challenged the status quo and defied stereotypes. These will include episodes on Ada Lovelace, Murasaki Shikibu, Emma Goldman, Ching Shi, Ida B. Wells . I’m really looking forward to these.
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