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Yaoi-Con 2011

Yaoi-Con 2011 official poster

I attended Yaoi-Con this year at the waterfront Marriott in Burlingame, California (within 15 minutes driving distance of the San Francisco International Airport) this past weekend—21-23 October 2011. I had a good time and even made some new friends, maybe!

If you don’t know what yaoi is, read about it before you continue. Seriously. With that warning: here’s my recap.

General impressions—the basic overview
Thoughts from the video room & manga library
The loot I had to haul home!

Yaoi-Con 2011: the loot I had to haul home!

Yaoi-Con 2011: the loot I had to haul home!

This post is part of my Yaoi-Con 2011 recap.

So, I had to haul home a bunch of stuff, and I only took a carry-on bag with me (like hell I’m paying $25+ for checking my luggage), and I just barely managed to get all my manga and cool shit in my bag and then carry it around with me all the way back home. Seriously, it weighed like fifty pounds. I’m not kidding: books are like bricks. By the end of the return trip, my arms were killing me. Here’s where I link everything so you can get some awesome for yourself, too, if you so desire. (Click images for larger.)

loot, part 1

Starting from the left side and going down, in columns:

Simoun, complete series. a lesbian mech anime… sort of? I think?
Let’s Draw Manga: Yaoi, by Botan Yamada. oh yes; yes, I did.
small Fullmetal Alchemist State Military watch replica on a long chain
Finder 5: Truth in the Viewfinder, by Ayano Yamane. got this at the DMP booth and then got home and realized I didn’t have #4! (I do now, though, so it’s all fine. ^_^)

Princess Princess, complete series. the anime is better than the liveaction version, trust me.
Loveless, complete series. a classic I told myself I would pay for next time I saw it legal and cheap, so here it is.
Yaoi Magazine, vol.1 issue 2 (April 2008). don’t know what happened, but I don’t think this mag is being printed anymore.
9th Sleep, by Makoto Tateno. as you’ll notice, I got a couple of manga by her, actually.

Ludwig II 2
, by You Higuri. picked up the first one last year at Yaoi-Con.
King of Debt, by Sanae Rokuya. a collection of stories; I’ve been told it… gets to the point, if you know what I mean.
Dost Thou Know?, by Satoru Ishihara. two sets of brothers… and loooove; how can I go wrong?
Little Butterfly omnibus, by Hinako Takanaga. read the entire thing at the last Yaoi-Con (2010) and figured I should pony up.

Blue Sheep Reverie 1
, by Makoto Tateno. no idea; I just liked the name.
Ooku 1, by Fumi Yoshinaga. interesting premise, so I had to get it.
A Foreign Love Affair, by Ayano Yamane. pretty sure she just writes the same story over and over, but it works, so…

loot, part 2

Looking at the top half first, from left to right:

Morgan Hawke‘s The Cheater’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance & her (really!) short novel Security Issues.
two mini fanart stickers of Bunny (top) and Tiger from the anime Tiger & Bunny.

two badges from Scuttlebutt Ink, Kamina (“Hero”) from Gurren Lagann and Utena (“Duelist”) from Utena.

four Hetalia fanart postcards by Belligerent Design, featuring…
Germany: “Having the wurst time in Germany”
Britain: “England: You’ll come for the magic… you’ll stay for our huge clock”
America: “America… F*** YEAH!”
Prussia: “There’s nothing (but awesome) in Prussia. No, literally there’s nothing there.”

four games from Hanako Games: Date Warp (actually an interactive novel), Science Girls! (an RPG), Magical Diary: Horse Hall, and Cute Knight Kingdom. All four games are playable on both Macs and PCs, I supported a small game company by buying them, and I got a deal for all four, so I’m happy. (‘Cept, you know, I still haven’t actually played any of them yet. T_T)

The bottom half, from left to right:

a print of one of the characters in Inner Edge, by TACTO.
Close to you, an anthology. gotta love my story/comic collections.
Inner Edge and an Inner Edge doujinshi called Dreamless.

loot, part 3

In three rows, from left to right (beginning with top left):

a fanart poster of Heero Yuy (left) and Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing by Bing Lin. on the right, it reads “as time stands still…”
Always Raining Here 1, by Bell & Hazel.
an awesome print of recent violence by Lisa Cheng.

Lust for Freelance 1, by Madeleine Graham.
In These Words 5 by Guilt|Pleasure, plus two little G|P buttons.
Father Figure, also by Guilt|Pleasure. read it on the spot at Yaoi-Con—very good, if you don’t mind a little incest thrown in for good measure.
(see below for the comic to the right of Father Figure.)

two Sephiroth/Cloud (FFVII) fancomics, “Happy Birthday Sephiroth” and “Blonde Ambition: the Fitting Room” by owmyhearteries.
the first two volumes of Hondeydew Syndrome, by new shoe. looks promising, though I noticed already that the authors spelled “know” as no and no one caught it before the volumes were printed.
and lastly, “Flesh Games” and (above it) “Nice Guts” vol.0, by Agnes Czaja.

loot, part 4

The top row:

two novels, Sex Slave and Sacrifice, both by MomsDarkSecret. told her I was a writer, too, and she knocked $2 off the total price. us writers gotta stick together. ^_^
soap from RosaleenDhu Designs: Butler (a’la Kuroshitsuji), Descent Into Madness (Chthulu, anyone?), Yaoi (smells like lemons!), and Fruit Pi (oh, how punny).
a piece of rainbow cake and a piece of pumpkin pie on red strings, by Sugar Clay Cafe.
a beautiful Halloween-colors handsewn handbag. now to just figure out what to wear when I use it!
an “I <3 YAOI" bow tie. honest-to-gods, I’m not making that up. expensive, but it was truly the best purchase of my entire trip. not that I’ll ever wear it, but still.

In the center:

Starfighter Cain and Abel print by Hamletmachine! /squeeeeee… also got a preorder of chapter 2, so when it prints, they’ll ship it to me and I’ll just get a surprise in the mail one day!

To the left of center (and below):

the first three chapters of Scuttlebutt Ink’s Mahou Shonen Fight: “Magically Ill”, “Proper Motivation”, and “Ambiguous”…

Right of center (and below):

a votre sante, compiled by JM. interesting premise that I’d like to see continued with non-alcoholic drinks.
print of a beaten up Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing by sir-fish. the print reads “GUNDAM 02 DUO MAXWELL”

And that (finally!) concludes my Yaoi-Con 2011 write up! Yay. Have a great new year, guys.