Yaoi Manga Moveable Feast Now Ongoing!

I’m a day late — turns out that 8/01, yesterday, is a pun for yaoi — but now ongoing is the latest Manga Moveable Feast, dedicated to shonen-ai, yaoi, and boys’ love manga. I found this post on the meaning of the terms in both English and Japanese really interesting.

I don’t have anything new to read, but I thought I’d sum up some of the past coverage here of titles from those genres:

Future Lovers is my favorite yaoi series and an excellent starting point. Unfortunately, it’s out of print (publisher Deux went out of business), although you can get it digitally from SuBLime. If you want to read yaoi these days, your best bet is the SuBLime manga line, with such titles as The Bed of My Dear King, Honey Darling, and Blue Morning.

My favorite creator, Fumi Yoshinaga, has done a number of yaoi titles, including the explicit Ichigenme… The First Class Is Civil Law and the less-so The Moon and the Sandals. Her book of restaurant reviews, Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!, has a chapter where the thinly-fictionalized yaoi manga creator talks about her approach to gay men. Antique Bakery is sometimes mistaken for a boys’ love series, although it isn’t, but it’s a great read anyway.

If you’re interested in the early development of the genre, you must read The Heart of Thomas (Fantagraphics), an important historical work.

Many of the other titles I’ve read are out of print or from defunct publishers, such as

Digital Manga has brought out a ton of yaoi, but I’ve found the quality very erratic. Take, for example, these three views of yaoi. On the other hand, I found All Nippon Air Line goofy fun.

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