Lovefool 08.26.13 | Can Buy Me Love

With St. Louis’ own Project Comic Con fast approaching, your Lovefool take a look at the intriguing world of bishounen at San Francisco’s Yaoi Con.

 

Nerdlings! Hello! How are you? I’m fine. I’m still a little sick and Meowie is still sick but might be getting better? I may have become the victim of an unfortunate haircut that is exactly what I asked the stylist for so it serves me right but the jury’s still out on it. I got it long enough that it’s already at that in-between stage so it’s not a big deal. And I’ve seen ALL THE PEOPLE this weekend, too. I’m settled in on the couch with cats and my friend B’s 2000’s playlist and I’m thinking about next weekend, when I am leaving Mr. J and the cats to it and rollin’ back to Omaha solo for the weekend. Of course, I’m already nagging Mr. J about cat care and he’s pretty much, speaking of rollin’, rolling his eyes and packing my bags. I get…let’s see. I noticed it when I was hanging out on Mr. BFF’s deck today, really, but I just get a certain brittle quality when I get stressed out. I start talking faster and getting a little more brisk than usual, which is saying something. But sometimes we all just need to get away, don’t we? [On a related note, Lovefool will be joining most of her readers in taking a break this Labor Day. See you all back her September 9th!—JG,FE]
 
So that’s probably why I decided to check out the tiny, tiny My Yaoi-Con 2012 Report, available for download at eManga.com. Actually, there’s a few reasons. I am edging closer to a trip and also starting to think about covering events again sometime soon after my last disastrous attempt. We have a pretty small con coming up in StL, Project Comic Con (September 21-22 at the Westport Sheraton Lakeside Chalet). It is definitely wee, but a show’s a show, you know? I’m just not very good at con reports because I always get so distracted by…well, stuff. My friends and shopping and eating and drinking and whatever else is going on. Uki Ogasawara, creator of super fancy lookin’ historical yaoi Black Sun, was the guest of honor for DMP’s first year at the reins of Yaoi-Con, an annual Southern California event. She gorgeously documented her adventures, from flights to food to con to meeting who may or may not be our mutual media contact, omg, in graphic form. It looks rad. I would probably actually turn in con reports if I could make them look like this.
 
Yaoi-Con, as far as I can tell and our mangaka indicates, is amazing. First of all, it’s staffed largely by bishounen, which roughly translates to “beautiful boys,” in manga-inspired attire. So it’s a yaoi convention filled with helpful hot dudes in cosplay. Be still my heart. And then some of them are auctioned off later for no-touching slumber parties that benefit charity. Go on, read that again, I’ll give you a second. And, honestly, part of me really, really wants to disapprove of that bit, but if everyone’s willing and rules are followed, whatevs. It’s for a good cause. There’s also Bishounen Bingo, which seems like it’d probably be fun. Of course, there’s a team of pretty gents checking ID at the door of the convention because I guess unexpected-but-not-too-sordid things can happen? So far, not gonna lie, this sounds like quite the shindig.
 
There’s also, intriguingly, a fanfiction contest, which makes sense since fanfiction is now, apparently, becoming big business. 50 Shades of Grey? Famously started life as Twilight fanfiction. The Mortal Instruments? Rumored, quietly, to have also started as fanfiction, but that’s just whispered behind the hands of Potter fans these days. While some authors fuss and fret, others embrace it and I actually definitely own a couple volumes of what’s basically professionally published fanfiction, where authors will riff on another author’s creations and then it’s packaged and sold at Barnes & Noble. The point is that it’s not necessarily shoved under the collective nerd bed these days and a convention giving it the nod, especially in a genre that genuinely embraces fanworks, is kind of cool.
 
There’s a market and a lot of the trappings of a regular con, but what makes me love this story a lot is that there’s a tiny throwaway line over a picture of someone rehearsing a spanking scene about how couples have met at the auction and stayed together when it was all said and done. Of course, there’s that whiff of commerce that makes it a bit amusing and I imagine it’s weird, explaining to your families how you met, but isn’t that great? Nerdy girl buys hot dude for chaste conversation and then they fall in looooooove and it lasts and they have many adventures and he probably doesn’t do the auction next year because awkward. So, I guess it just goes to show—you really can find love in the strangest places. | Erin Jameson

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