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February 22nd, 2017

In 2015 I wrote a post called Supporting Your Local Comics Ecosystem in 2015. In that article I address the issue of the people who work on comics/manga and the people in those industries who rely on people paying for those comics legitimately.  In that article I wrote, 

“Entertainment is created by artists, but also by their assistants, their editors, the art directors, the layout people, the printers, and web developers, sales people, delivery people, all the way down to the part-time bookstore employees who shelve stuff and the post office who delivers it. I know you know this, but I want to say it:  If you have ever once thought “Hey. I want to work in comics” you might also want to think about this –  if everyone makes comics, but no one buys them – where does the money come from? When you buy something, you are contributing to a larger economic system that sustains those jobs and the people who work them”

Okazu readers overwhelmingly support this ecosystem. You buy the stuff you read and watch and listen to, you subscribe to journals, to blogs, to legitimate online streaming sites. I am so very thankful. I know that my readers are active participants in the industry they enjoy. It’s one of my greatest pleasures to know so completely that you are the market as well as the audience for Yuri.

Here in 2017, we’ve been given an unprecedented number of Yuri manga releases and events. I want, of course to be everywhere, and do everything and tell you about all of it. But I can’t. I spend about 20 hours a week on Okazu now and there just isn’t enough time and money to be everywhere. 

In the past, when you subscribed to Animerica or to OtakUSA magazine, you didn’t get an ad-free experience. In fact, advertising was what paid for print journals far more than your subscription did. The subscriptions paid for the content, the ads paid for the everything else that made it possible to print a magazine.

Okazu isn’t a monthly magazine. It’s a free, 4-6 times a week, no-ad experience. I don’t ever want that to change. So why do I ask you to subscribe? To pay for the content, just like in the old days. Good writing takes time and effort and people who do it deserve to be paid. And to get you that content, human beings have to buy things and go places. Those take time and money too.

So once again, if you read Okazu regularly, I’m asking you to contribute to the ecosystem here. We’re just  very few dollars permonth off our 2016 goal on Patreon and this year it is really important for us to be able to pay Guest Reviewers. 6 more people at $5/month  ~ 6 more heroes and we’re over that mark. And, because I really  mean it when I say I care about the content, I’ll make sure Guest Reviewers are rewarded with something more than just thanks, even if we’re not at the 2017 goal yet.

Please help us get to more events, be able to review more Yuri and above all, reward our Guest Reviewers! Please consider subscribing to Okazu on Patreon. There’s week left to be entered in the Patron Contest, so subscribing now enters you in a chance to get a box crammed full of *stuff.* Who doesn’t want that?

To those of you who have already become Patrons, thank you. You are truly my Heroes!

 

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The Perqs of Okazu Patronage Lucky Box Contest!

January 27th, 2017

Hello my friends. I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for, well, everything. Thank you for reading and commenting (some fantastic comments on yesterday’s post! I think I replied to all of you) and guest reviewing and, not at all least for being Patrons. Your patronage has made it possible for me to review a lot of cool stuff and has helped me report on very cool events.

I’m going to be giving a talk in NYC in March and in April I will be flying out to San Francisco to participate in Queers & Comics 2017 with brilliant creators and writers and academics. And so, I am turning to you hoping to entice you to become part of my Okazu Patreon, with a little added incentive. ^_^

As a Patron of $5/month or more you get a badge that proclaims that you are an Okazu Hero or Superhero. At $25/more you get a nifty little omamori I made up special for Okazu no miko, which was the super dorky, yet loving, title I came up with for that level. ^_^

When you, as a Patron, have supported us for $25, no matter what the level, you are entitled to your own personal Yuri chat with me. I’ve done this a few times with Patrons at a couple of levels and it’s always a blast.  This year, we’re also adding something a little different.

As you know, every winter I put together eclectic collections of Yuri manga, toys, random items, candy, utter crap and other cool things and hold Lucky Box sales. This year, I’ve got a couple of boxes, jam -packed full of manga, magazines, candy, toys, stickers and random crap and I’m giving them away to Okazu Patrons. I’ll be holding two Lucky Box Raffles special for Okazu Patrons. 

One raffle is especially for current Patrons. (I loathe contests that exclude current customers. Aren’t they just so vexing?) I’ll be emailing them shortly about that.

And, this is where you come in –  I will be offering one exclusive Lucky Box raffle entry for new Patreon supporters who join before February 28, 2017.  

Become a Patron at any amount and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a exclusive Okazu Lucky Box. People who have gotten them in the past have described them as “Amazing…in a couple of ways,” “Full of strange stuff, but fun!” and “I love it!” I always cram the box as full as possible.

Disclaimers & Restrictions

Sorry, but there has to be a few restrictions.

You *must* be over 18 to receive  a Lucky Box. I don’t police what goes in it and some magazines and manga are likely to be for not-children readers. I may throw in a lolly for your kid, or for you if you don’t want to share.

Lucky Box winners must be from the continuous 48 states. I use US Postal Service flat rate boxes, which means that I can cram a ton of stuff in the things, but it also means there’s limits on where they can go. However, if you subscribe from overseas, I will figure something out to thank you. I have really cool postcards and I’m not afraid to use them. ^_^

In conclusion, please consider helping me get to Queers & Comics, help pay Guest Reviewers and help keep up the work we do and the fun we have here at Okazu by subscribing on Patreon.

 

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2017 Okazu Patreon Campaign State of the State

January 8th, 2017

With the help of our Okazu Heroes and Superheroes we have accomplished so much, I wanted to give you all a “state of the state” video message with my sincere thanks. So here is the 2017 Okazu Patreon Campaign video.

Since 2014, with your help, we’ve been able to get the Yuricon Store up and running as the most comprehensive all-Yuri-in-one-place resource on the Internet. Now we’re looking internally, to pay guest reviewers for their efforts. Thank you to all Okazu patrons and here’s to a rosy future for us all in 2017!

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Art is Resistance – Yuri Manga, Politics and Okazu in 2017

January 1st, 2017


 

 
 
 

 
  

 
 

I’ve been trying to find a way to discuss 2017 here on Okazu without writing a purely political post. Every single time I have attempted to do so, I’ve ended up deleting it. In some cases because I have become too angry at the things I feel have to write. Sometimes I’ve self-censored to not offend people who tune in here for news about comics and manga.

But today I was reminded by Notes From The Resistance that language is – and always has been – a weapon. And likewise, comics have always been political acts, acts of rebellion and protest and defiance and propaganda. And LGBTQ comics have, likewise, always been the voice of people largely silenced by mainstream media.

I’ve made a few promises to myself in the last month. I’ve committed to working only on and with genuinely diverse books and publishers. I’ve committed to listening to and speaking with voices I haven’t formerly opened up to. 

I re-read this post on defending democracy about twice a week and hope you will too. Unfortunately for all of us, the checks and balances we presumed we had in the government are gone and a liberal democracy has no real defense against that.

So what does this have to do with Yuri manga? I’ll be doing a talk – my first of several – in January 2017, on the way fans pushed for and created spaces for LGBTQ stories in manga. When I return home I am joining a march to protest the inauguration of a patsy for a foreign government as President of the United States, a man who has hand-picked a Cabinet that will dismantle the last 150 years of American progress…and I encourage you to protest, as well. There are marches all over the US being planned. If you care at all about anyone who is a non-white, non-Christian, non-male, you will make your voice heard that this is not acceptable.

Despite the pressure by straight men to keep Yuri manga in a space of fetishized infantilism, Yuri manga is and always has been, stories of women in love with other women. Yuri manga is lesbian. Yuri manga is our story. I commit to continuing to speak for and about women who love other women, to demand Yuri from creators and publishers that represent the stories of women who love other women. 

My primary goal for 2017 on Okazu is getting to the point where we can pay our guest writers and get their voices out there and heard by as many people as possible.  Your subscriptions on our Patreon will help achieve this goal!

I commit to keeping Okazu radical and outspoken and for those of us who care that women who love women deserve a place for ourselves at the table of social and political discourse and representation in entertainment on our own terms.

And I think it’s only fair to warn you, my dear readers, that I’m not planning on stopping using words and pictures to speak up against the wall of injustice I can see being built already. 

A lot of you have been with me for years and I appreciate that more than I can ever express. I hope you’ll stay with me in the year to come. I think it’s going to get harder before it gets better, so keeping Okazu and the Yuri community here for all of us is important to me. 

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Art is resistance. Tell your stories, draw your stories, sing your stories and support artists who tell those stories for you. 

Come here to Okazu to share your stories and tell other people where to find those stories, too. We all need them. Making sure our stories get out is an act of resistance we can all share. Make 2017 the year you back diverse causes, creatives and creations in your entertainment, consumer and business behaviors.

Happy New Year to all to all of you. Here’s to great art in 2017

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Original Okazu “I Love Yuri” Design on the Yuricon Store!

March 14th, 2016

okazu-heart-small Wahoo! For the first time in 14 years, Okazu has it’s own “I Love Yuri” design, which is now available to be customized on shirts in many cuts and colors, mugs, journals, pillows and more through Redbubble.

This design was created by our fabulous web designer and mistress of WordPress, Lissa Patillo, and features our Okazu Mascots sharing a meal and their love of Yuri.

That makes 6 great designs on the Yuricon Store to tell the world how much you love Yuri, Yuricon and Okazu! I’m so excited! An Okazu t-shirt! Squee!

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