Erica holds a Masters Degree in Library Science and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, and is a full-time researcher for a Fortune 100 company. She has lectured at dozens of conventions and presented at film festivals, notably the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She has participated in an academic lecture series at MIT, University of Illinois, Harvard University, Kanagawa University and others.

Erica has written about Yuri for Japanese literary journal Eureka,  Animerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,  Dark Horse, and contributed to Forbes, Slate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, Afterellen and The Mary Sue online. She has written news and event reports, interviews Yuri creators and reviews Yuri anime, manga and related media on her blog Okazu since 2002.

Erica is also President of Yurikon LLC for Social Media Without Delusion. LGBT and Geek Marketing Consultant. Culture Junkie.




Community Standards & Rules for Commenting on Okazu

Be Nice – Add Value – Show Respect

Here at Okazu we strongly encourage commenting, including dissension, discussion and alternate points of view. In order to keep this community alive and thriving we have three basic requirements for commenting:

1) No linking to sites with illegal or illicit content.

Links that are inappropriate, including links to your own profile that include spam, porn, link farms, or other crap, will not be accepted.

Because we at Okazu and Yuricon focus on supporting the industry with actual money and do not believe people have an innate right to entertainment, comments that talk about “reading” a manga that has not been officially licensed, when you clearly do not read Japanese, are unwelcome.  This may be cumulative. When you’re asked to stop posting such things, do be a dear and have a long think about what supporting the industry means and how reading something that you didn’t pay for and the manga artist makes nothing on really is not support. Thank you for reading the atmosphere, getting a clue and not being a bonehead. ^_^

2) No ad hominem attacks or personal insults directed at fellow commenters.

I am completely aware that there are commenters who will gain satisfaction out of writing personal insults at me. In general, I don’t care. Your rage cannot really touch me.

I do care if you attack fellow commenters in the same way. Show respect to the other members of this community, or your comment will be deleted. You can disagree with a person without having to insult them. Try it – you might find it more rewarding than you expected.

3) Commenting on Okazu is a privilege, not a right.

If you abuse the privilege it will be removed.

When you comment here, you are participating in a community. If you cannot Be Nice, then fake it by Showing Respect even if you do not actually have any. Above all, your comments should Add Value to the community.

Thank you to everyone who has added so much Value to Okazu over the years – here’s to many more great conversations!