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Digital Manga, Inc. Industry Panel
Want to get up to date information on all things Digital Manga? Hear about our 2012 and 2013 publishing release schedule, new acquisitions, upcoming projects, and digital initiatives. Get the low down on new June, DMP, and 801 releases, as well as Project-H titles, the latest news from the Digital Manga Guild, and the exciting news coming up for eManga!
FAKKU Q & A
FAKKU!, Jacob Grady
This will be a general question and answer session with the creator and some of the moderators of FAKKU, the largest English-speaking hentai website in the world!
From Segment to Supreme: Bent-Con Comes of Age
Bent-Con 2012, Jody Wheeler
This panel discusses the phenomenal growth and increasing importance of Bent-Con, the largest pop culture festival targeting LGBT interests in comic books, movies, games, and other mass media.
GaymerCon: Everyone Games
GaymerCon, Andrew Evans
GaymerCon is a new convention in San Francisco, happening Aug 3-4, 2013. This is a safe space for gamers of all kinds: gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, straight, robot, kinky, etc. Come join us for fun and high scores!
HamletMachine's Starfighter Panel
HamletMachine, Michelle Palumb
In this amazing panel, you get to be locked in a room with HamletMachine! There will also be drawing demonstrations, prizes, kisses, and Q&A!
Hentai Worth Watching
FAKKU!, Jacob Grady
Join the administrators of FAKKU as they watch select hentai titles and provide hilarious commentary on each one.
How To Launch A Successful Kickstarter Project
Yaoi 911, Alex Woolfson
Alex Woolfson talks about how he raised over $30,000 in 30 days to print his comic using the online "crowdfunding" service Kickstarter. Learn how Kickstarter works and why you should consider it for funding your own project, as well as the best ways to meet and even far exceed your financial goal. There will be plenty of time for individual questions.
Localizing for the Digital Manga Guild for Fun and Profit|
DL Warner, Deborah Warner
Would you like to break into the world of manga? Would you love to have professional credit for translation, editing, or lettering? Do you just want to be involved in making licensed yaoi more accessible to US readers? Come and find out how to become a localizer in the Digital Manga Guild!
SuBLime Industry Panel
Don't miss out on the fun! There will be games and tons of great prizes. And, as if that weren't enough, we will be announcing brand new boys' love titles for 2013!
The Story Behind Artifice
Yaoi 911, Alex Woolfson
Alex Woolfson discusses writing and publishing Artifice. He talks about his writing process and inspirations, his work with artist Winona Nelson, and publishing his comic both online and, ultimately, in print. Questions about creating comics in general and Artifice character and plot points in particular are absolutely welcome.
Why You Should Create A Webcomic
Yaoi 911, Alex Woolfson
Alex Woolfson, writer and publisher of the full-color yaoi webcomics Artifice and The Young Protector, talks about why releasing your work as a webcomic is the best way to build an audience, connect with your readers, and ultimately earn some income for your hard work.
Yaoi for Everyone
Yaoi 911, Alex Woolfson
Alex Woolfson, a gay man and the writer and publisher of the full-color yaoi webcomics Artifice and The Young Protectors, talks about why he chose to write for a yaoi audience, why gay men, lesbians and transgender folk might find yaoi especially appealing, and how best to engage with and build a diverse readership.
|Anywhere Anytime Anyhow
It seems that most Yaoi couples can't be vanilla. If they hook up in a bedroom at all, the strangest toys including plants or produce are involved. No public place is out of bounds. Does the outrageous behavior say something about the characters and their circumstances? Or is it the incredible imagination of the Mangaka or the desires of the readers or both that pushes the kinky envelope?
Baker Steet BL
Smart is definitely the new sexy. Come join us for an open discussion of BL themes, traps, and possibilities in of one of the most enduring fandoms of all time: Sherlock Holmes. We need fans from all points of entry to join our discussion analyzing the appeal of the famous detective and his faithful Associate. We invite fans of the novels, the classic TV and Movies series, the video games, the Guy Ritchie Films and yes, the recent smash hit BBC television series and more to join in the discussion. We'll need all the details and opinions before we can determine what is and isn't, or what could definitely be for Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
Butler Cafes - A Ladies' Escape
Butler Cafe or A Host club? Tea and Drinks? Handsome 'boys' and dashing Men? Butler Cafe culture has exploded in mainstream anime but has a long standing tradition in BL fandom. Come and learn about the beginnings of butler cafes, Japan's cafe culture that's been built for women. What is real, what fantasy, and what is just a little of both.
Cafe Verfuhren: BL Butler Cafe
Come and join the 'boys' of Cafe V for some fun, pampering and 'service'. Cafe Verfuhren or Cafe V to its many fan's, is a fan run cafe event started at Yaoi-con 2006. Learn about our past and our exciting future projects. We look forward to seeing all our lovely customers!
Character Development in Yaoi
Proof that yaoi isn't just mindless smut! A presentation that dives deeper into the characters, cliches, and common mistakes of the genre, aimed to help budding artists and writers with their own projects. Presented by novelist and yaoi comic artist, Ruth Hanson, co-creator of Longitudes and Latitudes.
Exploring Dark Fantasy - BDSM in Yaoi
From spanking to bondage to full fledged enslavement, BDSM themes are wildly popular in yaoi. This is the most delicious, forbidden fantasy. But how much do these characters match the reality? Find out how Mangaka weave the real life tenets of BDSM into stories that really push the envelope.
Gundam: Gay since 1979
Whether a Wing boy was your first or you have Sieg Zeon stitched on your underwear, this fandom panel is for you! Come join us for a breakdown of the popular Mobile Suit Gundam franchise through a red hot BL scope that makes everything 3 times more fun. This panel will breeze through the dramatic multiuniverse history of the franchise from 1979 to 2012 and beyond, analyzing the tropes and traps for fangirls and fanboys of every stripe. Come in Gundam cosplay or apparel and receive a special prize!
Hetalia: International Levels of Gay
Matthew Williams & Co.
Ever wonder exactly what happened during world meetings? Is
Gilbert's you-know-what REALLY five meters long? What's up with Berwald and Tino? Are they or aren't they? Find all this out and more with Matthew Williams and the nations as they kiss and tell... and then some!
Join us for a Q&A session with our panel of Homestuck cosplayers! Andrew Hussie's webcomic is taking the fandom world by storm, and we're here to answer all your questions about the slashable side of Homestuck.
Let's celebrate Kazuya Minekura's awesome series: Saiyuki Reload, Wild Adapter, Saiyuki Gaiden and more! Come share news and your love of your favorite series with your fellow fans!
Let's Start a Podcast
Suupaa Kaizoku Cosplay
So you have an idea for a podcast. Now what? We'll help you with what to do next. Whether you're a PC or a Mac user, we've got tips, tools, and program recommendations you'll need to work on your podcast for both platforms. Brought to you by hosts of the Cosplay Jam Podcast and a member of the Unofficial One Piece Podcast.
Natsume yujincho I love you!
Discussion of the anime Natsume yujincho.
Our Resin Bishounen
Focus on Anatomy: We'll look at some of the latest yaoi-inspired BJD (Ball Jointed Doll) photography, but the main focus will be on the varied anatomy of our lovely BJD boys.
Overcoming Writer's Block 101
Is your smut stuck in a rut? Join the writers of Yaoifix.com as we share our tips and trick and get you inspired! We'll answer your questions and give practical advice for overcoming typical writing roadblocks!
This is not exactly your parents' version of Jeopardy... It's better because it's yaoi Jeopardy! That's right, it's exactly what it sounds like. Dirty Jeopardy! Everyone's a winner at this dirty, sexy, delicious game!
Cream Cheese Alchemist
Just how slashy is Disney? Come to this panel and find out!
Suupaa Kaizoku Cosplay
Plenty of cosplay panels discuss how to make a costume and how to present it, but no one talks about how you survive the process. What can you do to avoid endless sleepless nights of sewing? Missed meals, strained friendships? Forgetting to enjoy the con altogether so you can satisfy the Masquerade beast? Seasoned cosplayers will give you our survival guide to avoiding these and other common cosplay problems when you decide to take the stage.
Universe Building Thru Writing
Building the Blood Nation
A discussion of how to create a universe for novel writing that your characters live, breath, work and love in. Make it real and fans will come to you.
Yaoi-Con Comedy Clusterf*ck
Panel of yaoi-themed stand-up comedy, from Anime Expo Last Comic Standing 2012 winner, Soap.
"Yaoi For Sale!" - My Life as Tokyogetter
Ever wonder what it's like to live in Japan? Ever wonder what it's like to live in Japan and sell doujinshi, comics, anime, music, and more to people all over the world? Come hear the tale of Tokyogetter, a one-man company that blazed through the goofiest and darkest corners of Japanese fan circles in search of what their friends called "the pretty." You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll watch a young man try to explain how lonely Comic Market feels right before New Year's.
Yummy Yaoi Japanese Game Show
Have you ever watched a Japanese game show? Did you know what was going on? No? Don't worry; no one ever does. Especially not us. But, somehow, we're hosting one. That's right: a random, unpredictable, yaoi-themed game show hosted by wandering perverts! There will be winners galore, lots of fun, and who knows what else at this Yummy Yaoi Japanese Game Show!
Panelists: If any of the above information is incorrect, please email panels[at]yaoicon.com with the correct information.
Remember! There are Benefits to Being a Panelist!
Yaoi-Con wants to say thanks for the hard work you put into running your panels! Participating panelists and the co-panelists will earn hours for discounted or free entry into the subsequent year's Yaoi-Con. For each one hour panel you chair, 3 hours of volunteer time will be granted. For each two-hour panel you chair, 4 hours of volunteer time will be granted. You will also receive all of the perks that come with being a volunteer for the convention. Be sure to check out the Volunteer page for additional information.
* Please note that applying for panels does not automatically grant entry into the Con at a discounted rate. Panelist(s) must complete their scheduled panel(s) for the full time allotted to be eligible for the Panel Perks program.
In addition, industry representatives who are running a panel(s) will not automatically be granted complimentary admission into the convention, either - only representatives of major sponsors, and those pre-approved by the Convention Director will be given free admission.