Another Yaoi Convention Announced

Yaoi Con website clip

Yaoi-Con has been held in the San Francisco area since 2001.

As of right now on their website announcing plans for the show this year (October 26-28), Yaoi Press is one of their sponsors (see screenshot snippet).

Now, Yaoi Press has announced that it is launching a yaoi convention to be held next June in Phoenix, Arizona.

I’m just flabbergasted that one particular manga genre is so successful and has such devoted fans that it can support not one, but two, dedicated shows. I’m not sure about the publisher sponsorship — does that make things more complicated for other publishers who wish to attend? What does sponsorship entail? Will the shows be competitive or cooperative? (Are there any yaoi cons in the other half of the country?)

Then again, I admire the attitude of “we need more places to reach our fans and customers, so let’s make some.”

Update: Yaoi Press has a followup where they clarify that they expect to run it like any other convention. That’s very reassuring, both what they say and that they addressed questions so forthrightly. They also include some date information.

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