Go Check Out MangaBlog

So, I’m hard at work on a new script right now, which gives me a great excuse to refer my Gentle Readers to some of my favorite blogs (to make up for my lack of any new 72 page articles this week, of course. ;-)) And near the top of my list has to be MangaBlog, written with wit and style by Brigid Alverson. A general manga site (but yaoi friendly), it keeps me up to date on the latest happenings both in the general manga scene and the manga blogosphere in particular. I especially like Brigid’s manga reviews which are pithy, helpful and often very funny.

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What is Bara?

In online discussions about yaoi and gay men appreciating yaoi, the subject of bara — Japanese gay male comics targeted at a gay male audience — invariably gets mentioned, but rarely does anyone seem to have much information to offer. I myself have often been curious about finding out more about this genre, but as the big publishers here seem to have taken little notice of it, I’ve had difficulty finding out anything of substance. (Let’s face it, even my ever-trusty Wikipedia draws a blank.)

Well, Tina Anderson again comes to our rescue with her excellent overview of the topic in Bara is Not BL…but it Could Be?

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Yaoi Review: Brother by Yuzuha Ougi

On the plus side, you’ve got a hot set-up (dude, they’re like brothers!) and explicit sex. On the negative side, you have an unsympathetic lead, unnecessary and uninteresting conflict and a very superficial treatment of a provocative topic. It’s a DramaQueen publication so I really wanted to like this book, but frankly, even if you’re just looking for sexy, good times, you could do a lot better.

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