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Why call Artifice a “gay sci-fi webcomic”?

I got an email through my webcomic email form that started with “I’m sort of offended by the Gay heading in the upper-left corner.” This was my response.

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How To Download From Surpara.com

How To Download From Surpara.com

A complete walkthrough of how to download manga and art from the Japanese e-manga site Surpara.com—a site featuring tons of great yaoi and bara and that accepts Western credit cards!

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Cartoon Teen Sex and the Law

The US Protect Act of 2003 punishes with jail time publishers, creators and readers of comics depicting “obscene” content involving characters under the age of 18. Think it doesn’t apply to you? Read on!

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What Readers Think of the New Printed Copies of Tough

What Readers Think of the New Printed Copies of Tough

Exciting news! You can now get nice printed copies of the Tough chapters from Comixpress and a bunch of readers who already got their copy sent in pictures of themselves holding their comic and shared what they thought!

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Alex is speaking at NYCC on October 9th!

So, this is cool. I’ve been invited to speak at a panel at the New York City Comic Con, talking about what it’s like to read and enjoy yaoi as a gay guy. Please stop by and say hello!

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What happened to Baralover?

Popular English-language bara site Baralover mysteriously went down at the end of July. I and many other fans wondered why. Now Kyo the webmaster responds.

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Webcomic: Go Read OGLAF (NSFW)

So, I just spent the most awesome hour reading through an online webcomic called OGLAF.COM. You should too.

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Yaoi Review: Party Favors

Yaoi Review: Party Favors

Alex brings a yummy chocolate cake to a manga BBQ and leaves with a bag full of yaoi to review. Read on to find out whether Kumiko Suekane’s “world without girls” fantasy Once Upon A Glashma or Lily Hoshino’s virgin-sacrificing Chocolate Surprise are worth dipping your chips into.

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Straight Friends Don't Get It? Show Them: "Are You Straight?"

Straight Friends Don’t Get It? Show Them: “Are You Straight?”

A lot of folks I showed this video to — both straight and gay — found it to be perfect to show to their friends who don’t quite “get it”. It certainly helps bring home the subtler forms of prejudice and ignorance that are hard for all of us to shake. Since cool people come to this blog, I decided it was worth sharing here. And let’s face it – he’s a cutie.

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Amazon excluding LGBT material from searches!

Amazon excluding LGBT material from searches!

Amazon seemed to have decided to unilaterally exclude LGBT books from their internal searches. So… what’s going on?

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Alex on Twitter

Alex on Twitter

You can follow Alex on Twitter now, if you’d like. His username is alexwoolfson. Just don’t expect him to only talk about yaoi — Alex gets his geek on in a variety of ways.

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Who Really Reads Yaoi in English?

Communications professor and literary author Dru Pagliassotti has written a scholarly paper about Western yaoi fandom revealing the results of a 2005 online survey. Alex links and shares some of her provocative findings– with a few caveats.

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Thoughts on Proposition 8

Thoughts on Proposition 8

As many of you know, Proposition 8 was a successful ballot measure that amended the California State constitution to exclude gay couples from civil marriage. I don’t usually talk about general political things on this blog, but I responded to a comment from russketeer with enough detail that I thought it might be worth it’s own post.

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How To Keep Manga Fans Out Of Jail

How To Keep Manga Fans Out Of Jail

A manga fan is arrested in his own home for owning manga for personal use. The next time it could be you. Here are the details of the case and one thing you can do right now to help change the law.

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How To Find Bara In English

How To Find Bara In English

Like any blogger, I keep an eye on my Web site’s stats and visitors and I’ve discovered that a significant number of readers come here though search engines looking for “bara” — that is, Japanese gay male romance manga written by gay men for gay men (referred to by some as “muscle yaoi” due to the fact that the character design often is fairly muscular — particularly compared to traditional yaoi-style bishonen.)

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