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Event: Yuri Lecture at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on 1/19

January 17th, 2017

Please join me at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday, January 19, 2017 , 12:00-1:30 PM in Room 1636 School of Social Work Building for the Center for Japanese Studies Noontime Lecture Series.

Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories will cover the history of LGBTQ manga in Japan and the west, and delve into the issues of fan interpretation of commercial manga. Please click the above link and ask for seating availability.

I’m really looking forward to visiting Michigan for the first time (a layover in the Detroit airport doesn’t count.) I hope I will see you there!



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Lecture at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor on January 19, 2017

December 11th, 2016

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I announce that I will be doing a lecture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on January 19, 2017. 

I’ll be presenting Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories about how fan and creator perceptions and desires transformed into commercially successful manga and anime genres.

I am told that the lecture will be open to the public with RSVP. As soon as I have information on this, I will share it. 

Thanks to Jennifer Robertson and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at the University of Michigan for the invitation!



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Event Report: Flamecon 2

August 24th, 2016

FlameCon_logo-1Flamecon 2 was a fantastic event and I’m absolutely gutted that I couldn’t get to it for both days.

Flamecon bills itself as New York’s Queer Comic Con. This year, it was queerer and more diverse than ever. And, as a result, was even more fun than last year. Where last year, their mascot was a cheerfully “flaming” young man, this year there was a companion Flamey for those of us who admire women.


The new location has several things to recommend it – it was easier to get to than last year. It was also around the corner from Rocco’s Tacos, which offered happy wait staff who were dancing in the foyer, and The Three Amigos  playing on TVs in the bathroom stalls. The food was good, too.


TOSThe Dealer’s room was huge, well-laid out and packed wall to wall full of amazing talent, small queer presses and people you need to know about. I picked up a bunch of comics, obviously, but the main event for me was a copy of The Other Side, an anthology of queer paranormal romance.  Several contributors were at the event, so they made a little map of the room pointing out who would be where and making a defacto signature rally.  I wasn’t able to get everyone’s signature, as some folks weren’t at their table, or were mobbed (coughKateLethcough) but I was able to get a bunch, including squee! cover artist and creator of webcomic Agents of the Realm, Mildred Louis!

Last year, while I enjoyed the event, I found it lacking in lesbian comics presence. this year, I had no such complaint. There were a ton of lesbian comics and comic artists.

coverfront_1024x1024In addition to The Other Side, I picked up a delightful lesbian three-way relationship set in the Wild West, called Among the Willows, from Elizabeth Willis and Ann Uland, the same folks that created the queer adventure set in ancient Rome, Cassius, of which I picked up the first issue, as well.

I also was ecstatic to get Wool and Water, a Namesake doujinshi, by creators Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon, who I’d met some years ago at TCAF.

The folks that put out the Dates! anthology of historical LGBTQ fiction and comics,  are doing a second volume(!) and want you to please submit your works and spread the word.

6d21fd_c61b8d5701354e4794dfe4a86702ad53And not at all least, I want to once more sing the praises of Jennifer Camper, comic creator and event organizer for the Queer & Comics conference, which is gearing up for a second event on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, 2017 at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.  The first Queer & Comics event was absolutely amazing and this one is already shaping up to be great. I have a panel in the 2017 event and will be beating the drum loudl, so you’d better just mark it on your calendar now and plan to go. ^_^

I ran the “Secret” History of Yaoi and Yuri panel and was exceedingly gratified at the audience’s attentiveness and great questions. This was probably one of the very best groups to which I’ve ever presented this panel. For one thing, they got all of my jokes. ^_^

Super big shout out to Zan Christensen from Northwest Press who I’m working with on a secret project that will soon be not-so-secret. Keep your antenna up for fabulousness very soon!

Overall, it was absolutely worth making the trek into Brooklyn the day after coming home from Paris. And while I can’t promise I’ll make it both days next year, I’ll do whatever I can to make it there for at least a little while, because Flamecon is here, it’s queer and it’s one of the best cons I’ve ever been to. ^_^


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See you at Flamecon 2!

August 20th, 2016

FlameCon_logo-1 I am returned from my pilgrimage, about which I will write tomorrow, but first, Flamecon 2!

Please join me for The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri, today, Saturday August 20, Room C at 4PM.

I will be bringing random items to give away for good questions, as usual. So bring your best questions!

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“The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri” at Flamecon!

August 11th, 2016

FlameCon_logo-1Well yee-ha! I’ll be bringing my guerilla “history of Japanese literature” panel to Flamecon 2,  New York’s queerest comic event, which will be held in Brooklyn, New York on August 20-21.

The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri 
Saturday August 20, Room C

This’ll give me a chance to talk to an LGBTQ crowd about Japanese queer media, and give folks a chance to see the evolution of Yuri and BL through their literary and artistic roots.

It will also give me a chance to do a lecture suffering from jet lag once again. ^_^; Boy I really time these panels well.

I’m going to have a few books to give away as good question prizes and I hope to see you all there!

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