Browsing articles in "Global Boys’ Love"

NEW WEBCOMIC: Artifice by Alex Woolfson

My friend Alex Woolfson over at Yaoi911 has started a new webcomic called Artifice. There are 5 pages already posted and it is set for weekly updates, usually on Saturdays. The artist is Winona Nelson and the art style is more comic book than yaoi. Here's a bit about the story:

Is this comic appropriate for children?

No. It deals with mature romantic and erotic themes and has scenes of very tense action and violence. In terms of content, think The Wire on HBO.

But this comic is a “yaoi” comic. That means there’s going to be lots and lots of explicit sex, right?

Actually, no. I’m telling a grown-up story for other grown-ups—and that will include some erotic scenes—but this isn’t porn. In terms of MPAA movie ratings, some of it is “R” rated, a couple pages even “hard-R”, but not X. If you’re looking for that here, you’re going to be disappointed. But if you’re looking for an entertaining sci-fi story for adults with strong characters and a compelling, thought-provoking plot, then I think you’re going to really enjoy Artifice.

Once there's a bit more to the story, I'll provide a review. In the meantime, I've added the banner and link to the "Webcomics" page to the right.

~Jennifer LeBlanc


A few weeks ago I reviewed the global boys' love title, Loud Snow by Tina Anderson, and since then I've had the pleasure of interviewing her. I've known Tina for awhile and we have similar senses of humor so hopefully you will have as much fun with this interview as we did. :-)
Tina, you’re fabulous. How do you do it?
I learned by watching you dad, I learned by watching YOU!
[Awesome 80’s reference there, don’t worry if you don’t get it. XD  ~Jennifer LeBlanc]
I’ve been doing so many things since stepping away from the business of BL, one of those things was getting healthier. I recently did San Japan in July and I took note of the reactions I got from people I haven’t seen in years.  The truth was, I put on so much weight – it was as if I was a different person.  =_=;  My weight was 220 lbs, which at 6’2” is fine, but at 5’3” is incredibly unhealthy.  I joined a gym in August and have hit the elliptical machine every day for 15-20 minutes, and weight train twice a week.  My last weigh-in was at the start of October and I was down to 204 lbs.  So I’m heading [in] the right direction—slowly, because I don’t diet.  ^_^”  Sorry, I’m too Polish to cut out potatoes and noodles!

I’ve also thrown myself into renovating my home (those that follow my Flickr account already know this) and I finally found a foolproof way to straighten my hair!  I suffered with Jew-fro for years until I discovered Sedu Pro flat iron.  ^_- 

Though I’m going through some serious ass writer’s block at this time as I’m gearing up for releases in 2011.  Most notable is the print edition of Games with Me, and Roulette – as well as an original Polish graphic novel being redrawn for American release.  The art for Games and Roulette finishes soon and so I need to oversee toning on those so I can get them to digital outlets, and prepare them for print.  So 2011 will be a release year for me – and hopefully by 2012 I can have something new started.

YAOI NEWS: Two New GloBL Anthologies

There are two new Global Boys' Love (GloBL) anthologies that will be made available for YaoiCon, Adamo Anthology and Crown Royale. Tina Anderson did a nice post summing them both up with details and pictures so I suggest checking it out. I'm going to pick up a copy of both but by the time I review them, there may be no copies left so probably best to jump on that now.

~Jennifer LeBlanc

YAOI REVIEW: Loud Snow ~ Tina Anderson

Loud Snow
Tina Anderson (writer) & Amelie Belcher (artist)
Self-Published Print & Digital ~ 140 Pages
Quick Synopsis:
“Romantic ice-age hilarity ensues as young whaler Anituk's miserable life with doting parents and an oversexed wife-hunting brother is rudely interrupted by the arrival of Abalu, a tall handsome stranger who delights in encroaching upon Anituk's angst.”
Wow… what an original plot! Loud Snow takes place on the Eastern coast of North America in 17,000 B.C., better know as the Ice Age. The story focuses on one family in general with a mother, father and two brothers, Anituk and his older brother Nifu. The family lives farther north than other tribes and women are scarce. Nifu has now reached the age where he must look for a wife and our young Anituk doesn’t understand why he wants to replace their mother. It becomes pretty clear our little Anituk isn’t really into chicks.
Along comes stranger Abalu who’s tall with flowing long hair and an adorable smile. It’s not long before he takes a liking to Anituk and this is where ‘hilarity ensues’. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this, especially when Abalu introduces himself to Anituk’s nether regions or when he keeps drop kicking the penguins. Tina’s sense of humor is nicely paired with Amelie’s facial expressions and the two together make for a funny read. Another thing I liked about this plot is the twist at the end. It’s not something you see coming and the initial reaction is WTF?!?!, but just hold your horses and don’t go off the deep end like I nearly did. That’s all I’ll say.

YAOI INTERVIEW: Publisher Yaoi Prose

As a follow-up to my review of Incubus Master and to continue Global Boys' Love Month (which is now Global Boys' Love Summer!) I decided to interview the publisher of Incubus Master, Yaoi Prose. The mastermind behind Yaoi Prose, Yamila Abraham, was gracious enough to answer my questions:

What is Yaoi Prose?
Yaoi Prose publishes illustrated erotic eBooks in the male/male romance genre.  We started off with two serialized titles, Incubus Master and Saihoshi: REDEMPTION.  I’m writing Incubus Master and having it illustrated by Italian artist Barbara Apostolico, who produced art as one half of studio Le Peruggine in the past.  It stars Figaru, a prominent character from my Winter Demon graphic novel series.  Saihoshi: REDEMPTION is by the popular studio KOSEN of Spain.  Other eBooks have featured erotic spanking, and have followed up fan-favorite stories in Yaoi Press books.

YAOI NOVEL REVIEW: Incubus Master, Parts 1 ~ 8

Incubus Master ~ Yamila Abraham
Yaoi Prose ~ 8 Part eBook
Quick Synopsis:
“Jinady was forced to be a sex slave to a tribe of winged incubi for a year when he’s rescued by the regal demon Figaru. Figaru brings Jinady to a settlement of mortals. Jinady learns that Figaru is the king of this settlement, and that he’s been looking for a mate. Figaru’s adoring subjects start to match-make the two. Jinady finds himself falling for the noble demon king. He senses his feelings are being reciprocated. Then Jinady discovers Figaru’s former love interest Rowan is locked in a dark cabin with a magical ‘blood chain’ connecting his throat to a wall. Several demon allies are rallying to help Rowan, including Scor, the demon Figaru almost beat to death. Jinady seeks the truth about what happened between Rowan and Figaru, while trying to resist the strong seductive lure of the demon king.”  ~From the Yaoi Prose website
What can I say? I love this plot. It’s always a good sign when you find yourself eagerly awaiting the next release. At no point in time did I find myself predicting where the story was going or thinking I already knew the ending. There are a lot of original elements to the story and I found it to be very engaging throughout. The synopsis provided for the story doesn’t do the story justice in my opinion. I think Yamila does a good job of ‘going there’ when tough situations arise in the story; not every element is sunshine and unicorns but that’s what makes the story a little deeper than most we get.

YAOI INTERVIEW: HamletMachine of Starfighter

As a continuation of Global Boys' Love Month, I recently interviewed HamletMachine from the webcomic and recently self-published  Starfighter (which I just reviewed). Enjoy!

Since I’m currently featuring “GloBL” artists, can you share with us what country you’re from?
-Sure! I'm from the United States. Born and raised in NYC. 
Why HamletMachine?

-Years and years ago, a friend of mine told me about a theater production she had seen of Die Hamletmaschine, by Heiner Müller and I think my brain nearly exploded from the pleasure of hearing those words together. I'm a big fan of Shakespeare and robots, so I kept the handle, as it embodies so much of what I love!  
Your current project is Starfighter. Are you both the writer and the artist for it?


YAOI REVIEW: Starfighter ~ HamletMachine

Starfighter Chapter 1 ~ Hamlet Machine
47 Story Pages/10 Illustration Pages
Self-published & webcomic
Quick Synopsis:
Space can be a cold place and on a space station full of men (and seemingly no women) what’s a boy to do? Fuck his teammate, that’s what. Ok, so maybe I’m simplifying the story just a bit but to be honest, we’re still early on in a story that is staying tight lipped on what is to come. There’s an unknown enemy to fight, teammates to despise and underhanded scheming that makes me desperate for more.

YAOI NEWS: June is Global Boys’ Love Month!


Who says? I DO! All this month The Yaoi Review will feature global boys' love authors and their works. What is Global Boys' love aka GloBL? Well, for me it is any boys' love outside of Japan (not including manhwa/manhua). I certainly won't be able to cover all GloBL creators so for this month I will feature those authors I am most familiar with and who are a little more accessible to me and the blog.  I do hope to be able to get in contact with some other creators outside of the U.S. if time and language barriers permit. That being said, if you know of a great global boys' love author and would like to see them featured here, please leave a comment on this post as well as a link to their work so I can check them out and see if I can make it happen.

~Jennifer LeBlanc



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