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. There are a bunch of other cool folk speaking on the panel as well, including Christopher Butcher of the awesome comics blog, Comics212; Leyla Aker, one of Viz’s senior editorial managers; Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, an editor of BLU from Tokyopop; and Erica Friedman, President and Founder of Yuricon & ALC Publishing. Robin Brenner, Creator & Editor in Chief of NotFlyingNoTights, a “Web site reviewing graphic novels for teens”, will be moderating and discussing the results of a survey of reactions from queer folk.
I will admit, I’m a bit intimidated to be on a panel with such heavy hitters, but I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun. And I’d love it if some of you going to NYCC would stop by to say hi. Hope to see you there! 😀
Here’s the details:
Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Room 1E12
Track: NYCC/NYAF Panels
Description: Depending on who you’re talking to, yaoi and yuri manga are adored or reviled. These same sex romances challenge manga conventions of sexuality, romance, intended audience, and appeal. Or do they? Join a panel of manga commentators, reviewers, creators and librarians to debate the joys and disappointments of GLBTQ fans reading yaoi and yuri manga.
(Oh, and a heads up! I’m just now putting the final touches on some preview pages for Chapter 3 of Tough that I’m eager to share with you here on the blog — so please stay tuned for that as well!)