Anime and manga retailer Anime Castle was interviewed over at WNYC and since some of you buy your yaoi from them, I thought it would be fun to post so you can see where you were buying from. It's a good interview and the owner also seems quite open about yaoi itself. In the interview he mentions yaoi as a niche:
"So fans of comic books sort of gravitate toward other, diverse story lines, and the easiest thing to gravitate to is manga because they have shojo ready for you. They have sennen, which is older men type of comics. There's even a niche within manga known as yaoi, which is about boy-boy romances. It's something you wouldn't get really in American comic books, really per se, that being the focal point. You might have one or two lesbian or homosexual characters but you wouldn't have the entire story line devoted to them, just exploring their emotions and the trials and tribulations and the slapstick comedy that comes with it. That's what appeals to them; it's the diversity of story lines."
You can see the interview in its entirety here.
Do you buy from Anime Castle? Share your experiences/insider knowledge here.
Here it is… the last part to the YaoiCon interview I did with Hinako Takanaga. Lots of good stuff so hopefully this makes up for the long wait.
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.
How would you like the opportunity to ask your favorite mangaka a question? Well, if that mangaka is Hinako Takanaga of Tyrant and Little Butterfly fame, now you can! DMP has been gracious enough to give me the opportunity to interview Ms. Takanaga at YaoiCon this Saturday and I thought what better interview than an interview of fan submitted questions? All you have to do is submit your question in the comment section below and I will pick a choice few to ask Sensei during the interview. I'll of course interject here and there with follow up questions to keep it coherent.
Time is limited! I need to organize my questions Friday night so hurry and good luck!
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.
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?
Since the news broke about the licensing of Viewfinder, many fans have been questioning why June would be handling the title instead of 801 Media. Deb Aoki over at About.Com: Manga shot off some questions to Michelle Mauk at Digital Manga Publishing addressing that very question. As far as the bigger concern of censorship, although not specifically addressed with a question, she does touch on it a bit by saying "So this title is special, and we are treating it as something special. We're shooting for the stars here, so we have to make it count!". I'm thinking by saying it will be treated 'special' (hell, it has its own website already!) that this is their way of saying it won't be treated like their typical June titles and therefore won't be censored all to hell.
What do you think? Worried? Not worried? Don't care?
You can find the complete interview posted here.
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