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Karisu-sama
08-23-2003, 09:24 PM
Yaoi-con is an 18+ convention, centered around the anime / manga / doujinshi sub-theme of relationships between guys. (More in-depth definitions of the terms Yaoi ("yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi" / "no climax, no point, no meaning") and Shounen-Ai (boys' love) are available all over the web including at the Yaoi-con website, so I won't list them here.)

Typical Yaoi-con attendance:

1) Straight women (many of them crossplaying.) This accounts for well over half (probably at least 3/4) of Yaoi-con's attendance. Yaoi and Shounen-Ai are created in Japan by women for a female audience, who generally like the idea of relationships without the gender politics issue involved, and in a genre that would not likely be co-opted by men (straight men), as Yuri (girl-girl) is. (The "guys" in Yaoi are typically slender and bishounen-looking and tend to the angsty type, not beer-drinking football-watching square-jawed muscle-bound he-male types.)

2) Gay men who also appreciate yaoi (and why shouldn't they? ;) )

3) Straight men, generally a) accompanying a female significant other, or b) single and wishing to bask in the appreciative company of all those straight women, who may be "getting in the mood" from looking at all that yaoi. :p

4) Bisexual women and men, who like relationship-oriented anime / manga, regardless of the sex of the parties involved.

5) Gay women who tend not to have "men are evil" issues, and also like the relationships depicted regardless of the sex of the parties involved.

This convention is not recommended for:

a) Children, due to the prevalence of adult themes, and

b) Homophobes.

Pool Cue Ronin
08-31-2003, 08:29 AM
Make sure to take pictures of some SolxKy action!

Psychotic Jei
08-31-2003, 04:07 PM
This is true. :: plays le edit with post ::

ACXchan
08-31-2003, 09:28 PM
I have my Axl costume with me but I don't know which GG chars are gonna be there or if they even wants Axl slash action @D@

Michi
08-31-2003, 10:59 PM
o___o You guys, make a GGX thread or something. This has nothing to do with Karisu's FAQ. n.n

ACXchan
09-01-2003, 05:03 PM
At least it keeps the thread brand new so people won't accidently skip it @_@?

Pakachu
09-13-2003, 04:07 AM
ahhh.. thanx for the info!

b) single and wishing to bask in the appreciative company of all those straight women, who may be "getting in the mood" from looking at all that yaoi.

sounds like fun!!
^__^

Apsara
09-14-2003, 03:27 PM
*shuddering* I remembered going into a mailing list for yaoi/slash. What I read on the list was extremely violent, extremely prejudiced, and extremely sexist abuse of the english language. I have NEVER read anything like it since. That is gay-porn.

Yaoi is not gay porn. Or as my uncles (They're actually only a couple of years older than I am) put it, "It's soap opera with an all male cast!"

Apsara

ACXchan
09-15-2003, 03:07 AM
Know this if you plan to attend Yaoi Con. Gay porn is yaoi, but not all yaoi is gay porn. There are panels on such subjects, and sometimes such panels get heated. Btw there *are* such things as nice, romantic gay porn, most people call it erotica.

XD

Apsara
09-15-2003, 10:02 PM
*chuckles* My uncles are a bit more succinct than you are, ACXchan.

Apsara

Michi
09-15-2003, 10:46 PM
Apsara ~ Yaoi refers to gay man sex in comics. If it doesn't have sex and they're just being cute and kissing, then it's just shounen ai.

Isaldur
09-23-2003, 06:38 PM
ewww.

I guess I won't be going to this. Underage or not. ;)

Nuwanda
09-26-2003, 08:58 AM
Ummm, maybe I sound completely stupid, but when and where is this happening?

*bonks herself on the head* I feel so in the dark!

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Nuwanda
09-26-2003, 09:02 AM
Errrrrrr....yah. Well. I just looked over this again and saw the location and dates, and now feel like a complete baka. Oh well. We can't all be brilliant, right? :thumbsup:

Seishirou
09-26-2003, 04:25 PM
dammit! 2 years too young...

i'll attend you, YaoiCon, if it's the last thing i do!!

rawr.

Michi
09-26-2003, 05:40 PM
ewww.

I guess I won't be going to this. Underage or not. ;)

I don't think the 'ewww' was necessary..

ElleHazard
09-27-2003, 04:43 AM
ewww.

I guess I won't be going to this. Underage or not. ;)
Good for you.

dammit! 2 years too young...
I know that feeling! I've been patiently waiting through the first two years myself. 0.0

October's almost here! *bounce*

ACXchan
09-27-2003, 02:52 PM
I got lucky last year. YCon is always two weekends after my birthday XD! I feel sorry for people who have to wait because their birthday falls after YCon.

Michi
09-27-2003, 08:06 PM
Har. I turn 18 in December but I first attended YaoiCon when it was new in 2001. XD I didn't bother to go last year, but I'm going this year... Not that I'm buying a badge or anything.. >_>
So yeah, I can't attend officially til 2004, but since I live RIGHT HERE it's sorta silly not to go when all my friends're hanging out and I can go cosplay with reason. :bigtu:

Michieru
09-29-2003, 05:32 PM
How I wish I could go. Its too bad they don't have one near my area. Its unfortunately too far for me to travel. I luv to write yaoi and have published various stories on some websites. If anyone's interested in receiving some of my stories, feel free to pm or send me an email and I'll definitely get right back to you.

Hitori
09-30-2003, 10:36 PM
Another question^_^ So, I'm underage but I'd like to just hang out... do they even allow that? I see some other underage people are going, am I correct in assuming you can wander the halls and the like without a badge and are just not allowed into anithing? I've been to cons where just a section of the hotel, or convention center is "roped" off for the con, and they check your badges there rather than the individual rooms. So yeah, please enlighten mi^_^

Michi
10-01-2003, 06:32 AM
I just hung about in 2001, Hitori, so go ahead. :p No one stopped me. I just hung out in the lobby and stuff.

Savior_Faire
10-13-2003, 03:34 AM
::pitches a hissy fit::

I'm finally 18... now when is Yaoi-Con comming to the east coast?! *sobs uncontrollably and keeps sewing her Iason costume*

ElleHazard
10-13-2003, 03:39 AM
Savior_Faire: X3 Love the quote in your signature. Too bad you aren't closer to CA.... urm... there's a Yuri-con in NJ... ^^;;
Guess that doesn't help, but I assume a number of yaoi fans go there. Pretty easy to catch onto yuri fandom when it frees up all the guys for eachother.

Savior_Faire
10-13-2003, 03:49 AM
Eh, Yuri isn't my thing. My teacher (Yes, my teacher XD) went earlier in the year and said it was great.

Yaoi is my forte' however... *sniffle* I dun want this costume to go to waste!

Will it ever come to the eastern coast... preferably the north eastern coast? @.@

ElleHazard
10-13-2003, 04:03 AM
Who knows. Personally I have a bona fide confidence that the yaoi fandom in the U.S. will boom in the future as it becomes more commercial (the Gravitation anime being released here next year is what is mainly on my mind).
I think only a very large expansion would push Yaoi-con to expand to other places (like the east coast).

Seriously though, the yaoi boom feeling I have is just as strong as "There's going to be an anime channel in the future" feeling I had about 4 years ago.
^^;;; guess that may feel like a long time to wait.

Well hey, gradually saving money over two-or-so-years might work! *cough* Will take less time than waiting for Y-con-eastcoast...

Yes, I'm absolutely no help.
Iason? Iason Mink?
=9

Savior_Faire
10-13-2003, 04:25 AM
Yep, Iason Mink. ^.^

Koji is too easy, I need to do something with flair. I'm pretty much sketching it out and looking at pictures like crazy.

The next con I attend though I'm going to go as Koji and sing "Zetsuai-1989", hopefully I will have lost some weight and will be able to pull it off. For a girl, I've got a darn good tenor voice! X3

And saving to go to Cali for the Yaoi-Con? Eh.. I dunno, I need to save for I-Con24 here in NY. It's a big con and I'm a real Dealer Room Rat ^.^

Michi
10-13-2003, 05:00 AM
I've never heard of a con already based in one area moving location all the way across the country. ^^; But I wouldn't be surprised if another yaoi based convention could pop up on the other coast. Why not try starting one yourself, Savior_Faire? ^^

(Though as a side note, I do recommend someday saving to come to California for YaoiCon. San Francisco itself is a great tourist spot. ^o^ I <3 where I live. ^^)

Savior_Faire
10-13-2003, 05:33 AM
Well, mother has been promising to take us to Disney some day... perhaps I can get her to book the days in Cali instead of Forida and make them the same time as the Con XD

Then again... I probably won't get to go to Disney World/ Land till I'm 23... ::counts on her fingers:: 5 more years to go!... X.x

ElleHazard
10-13-2003, 12:43 PM
Michi: ^^ I was thinking something like Anime Expo New York (http://www.axny.org/index2.html). But it's true, there's more likely a chance of a yaoi based convention to be set up somewhere else by another group of people in which case the name of the convention might not be Yaoicon-anything.

Savior_Faire: Good luck!



Heheh. Speculating is fun.

Eurobeat King
10-14-2003, 04:04 AM
Isaldur: Please stop posting on every Bay Area event that you're not going to, since you've made this habit of posting (multiple times) and it's getting redundant. thanks.


Y-con attendees: I've been inside the hotel lobby, and they used to have 2-3 working entrances to the hotel, but they've been closed off, so the only entrance for the hotel is the closest one to the parking garage, which is across the street from the Carl's Jr. The lobby itself is pretty spacious, with lounge chairs & tables for people to relax, and there's some plants & statues there which would make for good pictures.

As far as I can tell, most of the activities will take place on the UPPER levels of the hotel. The last 2 years for Yaoicon, events took place downstairs and they had staffers checking badges before you could go down to registration and the events. This year it looks like you'll have to take an escalator or elevator to go up to the 2nd (or higher) levels, and I don't know if they'll be having a staffer posted at the bottom of the escalator, checking badges. Let's hope they don't post one at the only entrance into the hotel, else that would kill-bill a lot of peoples' plans for just hanging out in the lobby all weekend.. :thumbsup: But since there's a lot of non-convention attendees going in-and-out of the hotel, it'll be hard for staffers to check everyone going in to see who's here for yaoicon and who's just staying here for non-yaoi activities.. ;)

See you all in 4 days! :skidude2:

avagoyle
10-14-2003, 08:57 PM
Har. I turn 18 in December but I first attended YaoiCon when it was new in 2001. XD I didn't bother to go last year, but I'm going this year... Not that I'm buying a badge or anything.. >_>
So yeah, I can't attend officially til 2004, but since I live RIGHT HERE it's sorta silly not to go when all my friends're hanging out and I can go cosplay with reason. :bigtu:

I don't know if anyone has answered this already...

You can't even go to the areas where the con is being held unless you buy a badge. No exceptions. If you are going to just hang out, you will still need to buy a badge.

Michi
10-15-2003, 10:42 AM
Not in the lobby. o_o Regular people that get rooms at the hotel can hang out in the lobby. @_x I can visit my friends that are attending the con and just sit in the lobby with them, can't I? No one complained when I did that before.

Besides, this year is different anyway...

avagoyle
10-15-2003, 01:21 PM
Not in the lobby. o_o Regular people that get rooms at the hotel can hang out in the lobby. @_x I can visit my friends that are attending the con and just sit in the lobby with them, can't I? No one complained when I did that before.

Besides, this year is different anyway...

If you want to spend the entire con sitting in the hotel lobby with your friends. o.O;;;

But the entire floors where the con is being held will be blocked off to non-users. It will be more tightly closed than last year.

Panda_Brat
01-18-2004, 02:38 PM
Do you have to be 18+ or can you be with someone who is 18+?

Michi
01-19-2004, 08:24 AM
You have to be 18+ to get a badge. Though I've often said that there should be some sort of parental permission form or something for those under 18.. but now that I AM 18 and can attend with a badge this year, I don't care as much. XP

Squall
02-02-2004, 03:26 PM
YAY for Y-con ^_^ and yay Michi can get a badge this year ^_^ yay for crazyness!!!

kijo
02-07-2004, 12:46 AM
First I'd like to say thanks to Karisu-sama for posting the info! It was both amusing and informative! ^^ And while I can't afford to fly across state (only 1/2 way this yr, lol) to attend, I know I will soooon. Cuz I'm yaoi-crazed! XD Anyways, Just like putting my two cents in. ^^;;

Hand Maid May
02-15-2004, 11:47 PM
sweet sweet yaoi!! so I am aware that the bulk of the con will be yaoi, but could I find yuri stuff there as well?

man, I have been trying to go to this thing for the last three years, but all of my friends are so offended by yaoi..I cant find anyone to go with!! its sad really....but this year shall be different..as long as there is some sweet sweet yuri to throw in and sweeten the deal..awwww....

Kokuu
02-16-2004, 03:31 PM
Do you have to be 18+ or can you be with someone who is 18+?

Even though the website says 18+ only, no exceptions, I was talking to a few people from the yaoi con booth at fanime last year and asked them if there was any possible way I could go, because I wouldn't quite be 18 yet. They told me that this one 17 1/2 year old girl went with a parent (I asked if it had to be a parent, but they said parents/legal guardians only, no exceptions) and she had a special ID badge on to identify her as a minor, and she had to be within 6 feet of her parent the entire time.

I don't know how true this is, but that's what I heard. Though under those pretenses I sure wouldn't want to go. Thank god I'm gonna be 18 and can go this year.

Tevina
04-02-2004, 02:51 AM
I'm not really familiar with yaoi stuff, but it's an anime con! It's in the city that i live! I WANT TO GO!lol. But two years too young I am...T_T. But can't we litto underage people like hang out *around* the con(ish) and just take pics with some other cosplayers outside or sumthin like that?

Vanessa
04-11-2004, 12:58 AM
Dude. Would it be wise to cosplay as Relena Peacecraft and go to Yaoi CON! ^_^;;;

Eurobeat King
04-11-2004, 02:23 AM
HandMaidMay: This is Yaoicon, but it could also count as Yuricon too, since the majority of cosplayers who attend are girls, cosplaying as guys, and if they do kinky but clean pics (like kissing) it works for Yaoi AND Yuri, so to speak. :D Check out my gallery for those pics if you want to get an idea.. There's no longer going to Yuricon (to my knowledge) but this is as good as it gets if people are into Yaoi and Yuri, so you get the best of both at one con!
Overall Yaoicon is a LOT of fun, and it gets better EVERY YEAR!! :bigtu:

Kokuu: Glad you can make it to Y-con this year!! Your Baralai costume (if that was you I recall who had one) will fit in nicely (you need a NOOJ!) with anyone else doing FF-male characters, although if you wear your Gunner Yuna and find a Rikku and/or a Paine.. YURI!! :D

Vanessa: Even though the theme for Yaoicon is just that, and as I said the cosplayers dress mainly as male characters, there's nothing wrong with cosplaying as FEMALE characters, since they won't disallow anyone to wear anything non-yaoi at the con. My friend last year wore her Sailor Tin-Nyanko costume, and it looked really nice. Check it out:

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=89337&password=&sort=8&cat=599&page=17

So your Relena would be welcome at Yaoicon (find some GW characters to take pics with, perhaps for some silly pictures like Heero chasing after Duo while you stand there pouting!) and I'll take pictures of your costume! :)

Karisu-sama
04-12-2004, 01:03 AM
can't we litto underage people like hang out *around* the con(ish) and just take pics with some other cosplayers outside or sumthin like that?
That's what my underage kids do - due to a lack of other childcare, they stay at the hotel with us, although they can only go in the public hotel areas, not the con-specific ones. But plenty of cosplayers hang out in those areas too.

Dude. Would it be wise to cosplay as Relena Peacecraft and go to Yaoi CON! ^_^;;;
Judy of the Stitchin' Babes wore her Relena costume to Yaoi-con 2 years ago. (She also had a sign that said "Fangirls' Nemesis" XD)

vyrax778
04-13-2004, 02:16 AM
Cant wait for it this year as I finnaly have money and can go this year. Man this year is going to rock. "whoot"

Sakon
04-13-2004, 11:15 PM
Dude. Would it be wise to cosplay as Relena Peacecraft and go to Yaoi CON! ^_^;;;

I and my friends are convinced Relena's really a boy anyway... ;)

I attended the first year, even went so far as to have abooth, and hopefully will make it in 2005. I know the first year there was a nice selection of doujinshi artists as guests. On the whole, this being directed at those who have attended the past couple years or so, what are your impressions of the cons's growth? Is it still nice and informal (that whole family feeling) ? And how has the cosplay changed?

Karisu-sama
04-14-2004, 03:53 AM
On the whole, this being directed at those who have attended the past couple years or so, what are your impressions of the cons's growth? Is it still nice and informal (that whole family feeling) ? And how has the cosplay changed?
The con has so far done something like tripled in size, but it's still nice and informal and friendly. I'm a bit worried about that if it grows much larger, though.

Cosplay - well, there's plenty of it in the halls. Relaxed and fun. ^^ If you're talking about the Masquerade, I couldn't even stand to see most of it this past year ('03), because it was held in an uber-stuffy over-crowded boiling-hot room - *blargh*. The '02 Masq. was small and fun, though.

ACXchan
04-14-2004, 09:39 PM
I noticed the growth in size as well. It still seems informal and cozy though which makes me happy. I also sort of fear size-growth because the con would lose its... coziness. A larger size would also mean the con has to go more commercial in order to pay for accomodating a larger space with larger stuff and more things to do.

I kind of like where Yaoi Con stands right now even though last year we lost the whip guy. He rocked my world XD

Schuldig
05-09-2004, 11:06 PM
This will be my partner and I's first yaoicon and I was planning on getting a table so that we could sell my novel and our custom made plushies, from the POV of people who have attended in the past, do you think the plushies would do well?

(I've got a few examples in my gallery)

Also, if you could have a plushie of anyone, who would you like to see sitting at a table?

Eurobeat King
05-10-2004, 02:08 AM
Schuldig: A lot of people like to buy plushies at cons of their fave anime series, and Yaoicon is no exception. If you can make home-made plushies of guy characters from bishy-series like Gravitation, Saiyuki, Gundam Wing, Yami no Matsuei, Prince of Tennis, etc. you'll do well at this con. ;) And if you make plushies of the more popular guy characters like FF7 Sepiroth, FF8 Squall, or Trigun's Vash those will sell quickly if you make them look cute, bishy, etc. :D

Hahaha Could you make Initial D plushies like Takumi & Ryosuke? ;) (Not necc. their cars since I already have an AE86 Trueno plushie)

Schuldig
05-11-2004, 05:56 PM
Schuldig: A lot of people like to buy plushies at cons of their fave anime series, and Yaoicon is no exception. If you can make home-made plushies of guy characters from bishy-series like Gravitation, Saiyuki, Gundam Wing, Yami no Matsuei, Prince of Tennis, etc. you'll do well at this con. ;) And if you make plushies of the more popular guy characters like FF7 Sepiroth, FF8 Squall, or Trigun's Vash those will sell quickly if you make them look cute, bishy, etc. :D

Hahaha Could you make Initial D plushies like Takumi & Ryosuke? ;) (Not necc. their cars since I already have an AE86 Trueno plushie)


heeheee, well, when I read that you were going to be there with your RX-7 (I love that car) I tossed up the idea of making a little Inital D promo girl costume, I'll have to try a batch of Takumi and Ryosuke plushies to see how they come out.

Pretty much every series you listed we've made plushies of, and that's what we had in mind to make for yaoicon, so it looks like we're going to be on the right track

Zania
05-27-2004, 04:33 PM
Tevina - If you live in San Francisco, then it's probably no big deal to go to the con and see who you can talk to in the lobby. But be aware that they won't let you in to the con AT ALL. I really wouldn't recommend anyone flying into San Francisco for Yaoi Con if they're under 18 years old. It just wouldn't be worth it.

Vanessa - Of course you can go as Relena! The only thing you'll want to avoid is arguing 1xR and 1x2... I would avoid that at all costs. Some people are a little touchy about the het vs. yaoi in GW. Of course, if you're at yaoi con, it shouldn't be a problem :P I'm a Gundam Wing cosplayer and fanfic writer and I don't think it will bother anyone. Don't worry, we don't bite! (I'll be there as OZ Trowa this year!)

jetspectacular
07-09-2004, 06:52 PM
..Requesting tare-squall plushies.. or any tare-bishie for that matter, i'd buy those in a heartbeat!

but I'm wondering if there's anything like a swapmeet area? like they have at fanime? because I'm sure lots of people go to Ycon for doujin and I've got lots to re-sell... what's the deal about non-pro booths or areas to sell??

Karisu-sama
07-09-2004, 10:38 PM
Dude. Would it be wise to cosplay as Relena Peacecraft and go to Yaoi CON! ^_^;;;
SBJudy cosplayed as Relena at Y-con 2 years ago, and had a little sign that said "evil!" on one side and "fangirls' nemesis" on the other... ^^

Schuldig
07-10-2004, 01:34 AM
..Requesting tare-squall plushies.. or any tare-bishie for that matter, i'd buy those in a heartbeat!

but I'm wondering if there's anything like a swapmeet area? like they have at fanime? because I'm sure lots of people go to Ycon for doujin and I've got lots to re-sell... what's the deal about non-pro booths or areas to sell??

For the plushies, we'd need a reference photo and they are $25.00 each.. just remind us closer to Yaoicon, I'm sure I'll post again about any presales.

As for the fanbooths... they are the same price as dealer's tables (my partner and I are setting up booths there for our shop) and I think because the deadline passed, it is now 200.00 for the booth and that includes two weekend badges. Unless you have a dealer's permit, you cant sell anything you didn't make yourself. of course, you can get a temp permit for free. All the info's on the site

What series do you have doujinshi from? I might be interested...

pegasusmaiden
07-17-2004, 11:54 PM
:thumbsup: I want to go to yoai and I will be dragging my boyfriend along. heehee. ^^

BaignoireVolant
08-10-2004, 08:14 PM
:blubber: four years!!! I have to wait four years before I can go! ....and I live all the way in scotland, HOW AM I GONNA GET THERE!!?? Well it's obvious HOW I get there....but how do I get there without my parents knowing? I don't know if I can bide my time that long, not when every year there are happy, happy yaoi lovers out there meeting other people who like yaoi and get to talk about there favourite yaoi pairings! It's too much, way out here I'm so alone.

jetspectacular
08-10-2004, 11:24 PM
dun worry Bagichan, there's lots of community online than in person-- from what I hear all of this was planned behind screens through clicuq/groups online and stuff before becoming an actual convention. And 5 years is nothing, lol waitamin--

YOU"RE WAY TO YOUNG TO BE LOOKIN AT PORN!!! o.O

Oh my.
(<-- can't say much else because she started at age 13)


what series/pairings were you into, i'm sure there's a bunch of places online to talk with people about them, *you are not alone* :3 Yaoi is very very trendy these days, hahaha

Selphie1234
08-11-2004, 06:20 AM
Dude. Would it be wise to cosplay as Relena Peacecraft and go to Yaoi CON! ^_^;;;

rofl as a joke, sure! course, then all the duo's can flaunt their heero lovers in front of relena. Actually, a relena at yaoi con would be great to use for anti-relena/1x2x1 poses! XD. Amazingly...relena is the only fictional character I have really disliked o_o (more than dislike, but you know..>_>..). I'd get quite a kick to see that. sadly, I have to wait 3 more years to go to the wonderful Yaoi con ._.

Northstar Willo
08-13-2004, 04:45 PM
Hmm...I wonder...Do mostly girls go to Yaoi-con or boys?I have a strong thought it's girls since my friends are in love with yaoi as it is,though they are females.

Sixshot
08-14-2004, 04:43 AM
Yaoicon is at least 95% female in attendence, there are only about a dozen or so guys at the convention to my count really. That is only counting guys at the con who avidly participate in the con (i.e. all guys who spend their time in the gaming room for the entirety of the convention don't count). Also, the count of straight guys at the con seems to be zero (well it was one until a few months ago when I realized I was bi).

Eurobeat King
08-14-2004, 12:40 PM
Sixshot: It's more like 85.5% mainly girls who attend Yaoi-con, as the # of guys who do go increase each year. I've been going since it started back in 2001, and with the introduction of the bishonen-auction in 2002, which has become THE biggest highlight of Yaoi-con, more guys show up to the con. :) I guess I count as one of the active guys at Y-con, since I do cosplay (during some days of the weekend) and take pictures (ALL days of the weekend) for fans and friends. Haha ZERO-straight guys? I'm sure there were more than that.. I know I'm one of them.. :skidude2:

Northstar Willo
08-14-2004, 11:39 PM
I would of guess majority of it are girls.Bleh,I like to go to Yaoi Con but my dad would go nuts.Be nice though maybe I can actually find my yaoi dream dude.Heh,anyway I'll go there eventually...Sooner or later.

Shinsengumi
10-05-2004, 03:57 AM
Well I have bad news, I wouldn't be able to go to Yaoi con cuase I have no money,I've been broke since JTAF2, I'll go next year when I have money, Have fun guys.

zell_dincht
10-05-2004, 04:30 AM
Hmm... Well, Yaoi con is just another anime con... only this time, it revolves around the subject of Yaoi and it's subtopics such as shounen-ai. In other words, it's an anime convention revolving around boy x boy action whether it be sex, romance, or love.

I go to it. I've been going since their 2nd year in 2002 and I've loved it ever since. I'm one of the more active guys since I do cosplay and I participate in the bishounen auction. But I guess it might be a disappointment to some people *coughSixshotcough* that I'm not straight. But that doesn't mean I won't be involved with females! :D

Still, that doesn't leave me much of a choice because people want me to actually make yaoi poses with other guys... and I'm one of the (few) guys who'd actually do things like that... *shrug*

DayDreamerNessa
10-14-2004, 11:05 PM
hmm im 1 year too young damn.. well i could do the exception fo the parent within 6 feet of me, but eh i can always wait, and just hang out in the lobby, cause i have a lotta other underage friends also :toothy:

hmm now to decide if i wanna crossplay, the only one i've done is sanosuke, and currently working on enishi, but prolly wont finish in time for yaoi-con.

oh well. i can go hang out with friends so why not? lol

Goddess Cookie
11-07-2004, 06:30 PM
me and some friends are going when we turn 18 before we go to college

Crystalike
03-21-2005, 07:56 PM
my anime friends are all yaoi lovers...this must be told to them in our next conversation!

the only yaoi couple i liked was Seishirou and Subaru from various CLAMP mangas. so cute!!!

im 2 years too young to go, but i'd like to crossplay as Sasuke from Naruto and find a Naruto to pose with (not that you dirty evil freaks!) in a photoshoot or on...

*sigh...yaoi is too much for my straight brain...*lol

patcher2
07-13-2005, 11:28 PM
this will be my first Y con . I fall into the B, and a little c area. I love stories and dont mind if its two men or two women. if it is well written I will read it . I am straight and am wondering what to expect...

Leishu
09-06-2005, 02:26 PM
Hmm... Well, Yaoi con is just another anime con... only this time, it revolves around the subject of Yaoi and it's subtopics such as shounen-ai. In other words, it's an anime convention revolving around boy x boy action whether it be sex, romance, or love.

I go to it. I've been going since their 2nd year in 2002 and I've loved it ever since. I'm one of the more active guys since I do cosplay and I participate in the bishounen auction. But I guess it might be a disappointment to some people *coughSixshotcough* that I'm not straight. But that doesn't mean I won't be involved with females! :D

Still, that doesn't leave me much of a choice because people want me to actually make yaoi poses with other guys... and I'm one of the (few) guys who'd actually do things like that... *shrug*

I remember you! Your cosplay skit at Fanime was phenominal!

Well I'll post my reasons here. I found Yaoi-con through friends and Fanime and, after becoming friends with Shiki and Oni, two other bishies, decided it was definitely for me. At Fanime, I was very, very scared and, in the second night. adopted the nome de plume of 'Goth Kitti' in the effort to give myself a persona to grow into. I think it worked. ^^;

For any con I go to, I go for the people, the panels, the live programming, and the cosplay (either to watch or participate.) This is my first Yaoi-con and I hope that it will be the first of many. (Considering the many close friends who I have made through it and its offshoot events, I don't doubt that.)

I'm getting more and more excited about Yaoi-con, and, permitting my entry as an auction bishie, intend to give you all a good show. *nudge-nudge. Wink-wink*

FiFi
10-16-2005, 09:33 PM
Oh joy...a lot of girls
.......I'm just there to look for shounen-ai manga X.X..........and on a mission for getting something erratic for friends = =a
....cosplay ...anyone closeplay VR or random-stuffs there?? > >;;;.....my PoT uniform is lend out to someone else

Citrakite
10-16-2005, 09:40 PM
Yaoi-con is an 18+ convention, centered around the anime / manga / doujinshi sub-theme of relationships between guys. (More in-depth definitions of the terms Yaoi ("yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi" / "no climax, no point, no meaning") and Shounen-Ai (boys' love) are available all over the web including at the Yaoi-con website, so I won't list them here.)

Typical Yaoi-con attendance:

1) Straight women (many of them crossplaying.) This accounts for well over half (probably at least 3/4) of Yaoi-con's attendance. Yaoi and Shounen-Ai are created in Japan by women for a female audience, who generally like the idea of relationships without the gender politics issue involved, and in a genre that would not likely be co-opted by men (straight men), as Yuri (girl-girl) is. (The "guys" in Yaoi are typically slender and bishounen-looking and tend to the angsty type, not beer-drinking football-watching square-jawed muscle-bound he-male types.)

2) Gay men who also appreciate yaoi (and why shouldn't they? ;) )

3) Straight men, generally a) accompanying a female significant other, or b) single and wishing to bask in the appreciative company of all those straight women, who may be "getting in the mood" from looking at all that yaoi. :p

4) Bisexual women and men, who like relationship-oriented anime / manga, regardless of the sex of the parties involved.

5) Gay women who tend not to have "men are evil" issues, and also like the relationships depicted regardless of the sex of the parties involved.

This convention is not recommended for:

a) Children, due to the prevalence of adult themes, and

b) Homophobes.
#3 thats me.
Add in some Orientation confusion and that's so me.

livengood
10-19-2005, 12:28 AM
I'd probably end up attending Yaoi-con 06. It'd be my first Yaoi-con. I mean, I've never had problems with homosexuality so going to a convention built on the fandom wouldn't bother me. Of course, it's more cosplaying opportunities! :D

*goes back to work on her Kohaku cosplay*

That reminds me. Kohaku from Wish. I mean, how bishie can you get? Though Kohaku is technically genderless so whichever fandom you're into. The character fits. XD

Imari-chan
10-21-2005, 10:34 AM
It seems I am going to Yaoi con. I'm going to be dressed up as Gunzi from Togainu no Chi. To bad no one else is doing that, no group to go with I guess. Anyways I'm only visiting one day, Sunday, Don't want to spend money since I'm not staying too long. But hope to see people there. :)

UrMastrInuYasha
03-08-2006, 01:16 AM
Yaoi-con is an 18+ convention, centered around the anime / manga / doujinshi sub-theme of relationships between guys. (More in-depth definitions of the terms Yaoi ("yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi" / "no climax, no point, no meaning") and Shounen-Ai (boys' love) are available all over the web including at the Yaoi-con website, so I won't list them here.)

Typical Yaoi-con attendance:

1) Straight women (many of them crossplaying.) This accounts for well over half (probably at least 3/4) of Yaoi-con's attendance. Yaoi and Shounen-Ai are created in Japan by women for a female audience, who generally like the idea of relationships without the gender politics issue involved, and in a genre that would not likely be co-opted by men (straight men), as Yuri (girl-girl) is. (The "guys" in Yaoi are typically slender and bishounen-looking and tend to the angsty type, not beer-drinking football-watching square-jawed muscle-bound he-male types.)

2) Gay men who also appreciate yaoi (and why shouldn't they? ;) )

3) Straight men, generally a) accompanying a female significant other, or b) single and wishing to bask in the appreciative company of all those straight women, who may be "getting in the mood" from looking at all that yaoi. :p

4) Bisexual women and men, who like relationship-oriented anime / manga, regardless of the sex of the parties involved.

5) Gay women who tend not to have "men are evil" issues, and also like the relationships depicted regardless of the sex of the parties involved.

This convention is not recommended for:

a) Children, due to the prevalence of adult themes, and

b) Homophobes.


#4 would be me, I plan on going out there if it's still around in about 1 year, and tis funny, I actually enjoy yaoi, DJ, and shounen-ai alot more then yuri, or ETC.


I'm one of the few Male Yaoi fans who will admit to it, I'm not a fan, I'm obsessed!

LOL.

kagoatweed
06-03-2006, 02:14 PM
dammit! 2 years too young...

i'll attend you, YaoiCon, if it's the last thing i do!!

rawr.

Hurrrrr i know that feeling... but when i come back to the states... y-con, you watch out... you watch out...

(yay crossplaying!)

Hiro_01
06-16-2006, 12:19 AM
i'd like to go this year, or rather now next year (Maybe i dono when it is) but my first Shonen-ai was Gravi, and my second was Yami no Matsuei, and my first real yaoi was Papa to Kiss in the Dark, so does anyone sugest any other yaoi's i should see before going to the con?

UrMastrInuYasha
06-16-2006, 12:21 AM
i'd like to go this year, or rather now next year (Maybe i dono when it is) but my first Shonen-ai was Gravi, and my second was Yami no Matsuei, and my first real yaoi was Papa to Kiss in the Dark, so does anyone sugest any other yaoi's i should see before going to the con?

Sensitive pornograph..-fake- Loveless..

Bagu
06-20-2006, 02:00 PM
3) Straight men, generally a) accompanying a female significant other, or b) single and wishing to bask in the appreciative company of all those straight women, who may be "getting in the mood" from looking at all that yaoi. :p


No offense, but this comment turned me off to ever attending this con. There's nothing worse than straight men trolling the anime cons looking for girls to hook up with. An anime convention is not a bar.
This statement leads me to think that the yaoi or yuri might make them more comfortable to advances by the men.

Just my 2 woolongs...

Leishu
06-20-2006, 03:23 PM
It's not as extreme from what that makes it sound like and not nearly as simple. Definitely and ironically, some people who go to Y-con don't really enjoy Yaoi but most do. It is, after all, pretty expensive for a singles-bar type thing. Those of us who participate in the live action bishie events are most often doing so because we are performers and love seeing people smile, simple as that. It just happens that we get an especial kick out of Yaoi-themed performance.

I don't know many who treat the con like a big singles bar, or any, really, though.

cuddles116
06-24-2006, 11:56 PM
Sensitive pornograph..-fake- Loveless..


Fake and Loveless do NOT count as Yaoi lol maybe Shounen-ai and for Loveless that maybe is a long stretch though it is one of my favorites (SOUBI!!), on the Shounen-ai front you could watch Sukisho it has some action mostly off screen action but it is good.

Yaoi wise you can see some of the following...not that they all are great or anything (I LOVED Papa to Kiss in the Dark...lol What are you going to be when you grow up? I'm going to be Papa's bride HAH!) anyway back to that list

Level C
Ai No Kusabi
And finally My Sexual Harassment which permanently has me off of corn lol.

Enjoy!

yng_tr
06-27-2006, 06:14 PM
Damn it I cant attend i only have like 3 years... Life SUXS

kaedex
07-04-2006, 01:35 AM
;_______;

I must wait four years....

Hopefully by then it won't be 1) overly massive or 2) shut down. xO

Hope everyone has a good time, without meee... -emo tears of angst and sadness-

Milai Sapphire
07-04-2006, 06:11 PM
Yay~ Hopefully me and my friend will go to yaoi-con this year hopefully in cosplay (meine liebe probably). XD XD Since I'm finally over 18 (and might have some time), but yeah...should be interesting I think (after seeing a couple pictures from previous yaoi-cons....^^;;)

You can try manga too....there's a lot of yaoi manga out there. Only so much anime. Ooh the anime, Gakuen Heaven, is cute too (based off the BL game)

Karisu-sama
07-09-2006, 07:18 AM
OK. This thread is starting to get off topic.

Please, if you have actual questions about the nature and format of Yaoi-con after reading this INFORMATION thread, post them here; otherwise, if you just want to chat about whether you are going this year, or are not of age yet, etc., please make or find another thread.

EHaz
08-01-2006, 04:03 AM
It's special to this year, Yaoicon will have an appeal to owners of Asian ball-jointed doll owners as well.
The guest for 2006, Asia Watanabe, is a super dollfie owner. There are plans being made officially for an ABJD tea party in honor of her. :D

Panty_girl
09-21-2006, 04:51 PM
does anyone know if we will be able to register for just one day at Yaoi-con? I can only go on Saturday and need to ask for the day off from work pretty soon but there are no signs on the website that they will offer one day registration - I'm sure they would at the door but I need some prices here - I'm on a budget.

Leishu
09-21-2006, 05:54 PM
They WILL have at-door one day registration. They just haven't decided what it will be pricewise, yet. :p

http://www.yaoicon.com/registration.html

bloodyrose
10-24-2006, 10:00 PM
My fiancés, my best friend with her husband and I.
:toothy:
*purrs on thoughts of going*

ichigo-chan7
04-26-2007, 12:05 AM
oh yay i can go next year ill be 18....i have to admit im a HUGE sucker for yaoi......hmmmmm i think some death note is instore for my future ^ ^

Mizuki523
07-08-2007, 04:20 PM
So that's what Yaoi-con is. Suprisingly I know alot of people who go that are my age (14). I don't plan on going but Lex's (my friend) friends plan on going.

TCG503
07-19-2007, 03:49 AM
So that's what Yaoi-con is. Suprisingly I know alot of people who go that are my age (14). I don't plan on going but Lex's (my friend) friends plan on going.

I think not. Yaoi-con is strictly 18 plus as put out earlier in this thread and there are ID checks at the door.

CosplayerJJ
07-19-2007, 04:14 PM
I'm 22 and going to Yaoi-Con this year.What's Yaoi-con, I just treat it as a con where people with the same interest come together. And for me it would give me the excuse to go out and be more crazy then I all ready am.

DigitalLove
09-25-2007, 01:16 AM
the hotel is technically in Burlingame, CA, not San Mateo.

i know because i live in biking distance from the venue XD

BART Boy
09-25-2007, 04:08 AM
the hotel is technically in Burlingame, CA, not San Mateo.

i know because i live in biking distance from the venue XD

Your wrong, the Marriott of Burlingame is not the venue for Y-Con.

The proper Marriott is the San Mateo Marriott. I was there for Tales of Anime and it will be there again for Y-Con. =)

Don't mix up the two in case many of you are going there by bus, otherwise you'll be at the wrong Marriott and that won't be fun. D=

vasher
09-25-2007, 10:14 AM
the hotel is technically in Burlingame, CA, not San Mateo.

i know because i live in biking distance from the venue XD

*points to BartBoy's post*

Yep, definitely San Mateo.

It's pretty close to Bay Meadows race track and right next to 101/92 junction- you can wave if you pass by.

Bit odd that there are so many Marriotts in that area.

andyRak
10-05-2007, 11:39 PM
*points to BartBoy's post*

Yep, definitely San Mateo.

It's pretty close to Bay Meadows race track and right next to 101/92 junction- you can wave if you pass by.

Bit odd that there are so many Marriotts in that area.

That's good to know! If it's the case it's much more reachable for me. :rockon: :rockon:

1st year going, super excited :toothy:

Yukari Kaiba
10-06-2007, 01:11 AM
you're going to have loads of fun - last year was my first time going, and i had such an amazing time. bring a camera, there will definitely be moments you want to catch on film XD

Leishu
10-06-2007, 07:47 AM
you're going to have loads of fun - last year was my first time going, and i had such an amazing time. bring a camera, there will definitely be moments you want to catch on film XD

*chuckle* I do ever so love to point out that Yaoi-con has directly precluded me from a career in politics. :p

Mr. Wendell
10-07-2007, 01:25 AM
I might be helping out once again in the game room for Y-Con. The game room won't be as big as the game room from Tales of Anime, but we'll try to bring a good selection of games for the attendees to enjoy.

You're wrong, the Marriott of Burlingame is not the venue for Y-Con.

The proper Marriott is the San Mateo Marriott. I was there for Tales of Anime and it will be there again for Y-Con. =)

Don't mix up the two in case many of you are going there by bus, otherwise you'll be at the wrong Marriott and that won't be fun. D=

Just a friendly reminder for the 2007 Yaoi-Con:

The address for the convention is the same place Tales of Anime was held:

1770 S Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Remember folks, it's easy to find off the highway:

Highway 92 heading west,
Get off at Delaware Street exit,
Right off the ramp (to Concar St.),
and...as Bart Boy and I like to say:

GO STRAIGHT TO YAOI-CON!!! :bigtu:

Yukari Kaiba
10-07-2007, 03:21 AM
GO STRAIGHT TO YAOI-CON!!! :bigtu:

lawlz XD oh how ironic :toothy:

yamidemonkyo
10-21-2007, 07:49 AM
XD Nice. I love the explaination for straight men. XDDD

DigitalLove
10-24-2007, 09:52 PM
oh snap, THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the real location is actually closer to mommy's house XDXD

do you know how dead i would have been if i went ANYWHERE in burlingame in costume? like, so dead...

mikuiri
10-27-2007, 11:46 AM
gahh. D: 5 years too young.... ;.;
If were underage, do we need parents permisson or be accompanied by an adult? xD;

Schuldig_
02-26-2008, 09:37 AM
Mikuiri, it's forbidden by law to participate in Yaoicon if you're under 18, sorry. I personally think it's a ridiculous law, but it's not much I can do about it.

Hpm
02-29-2008, 07:11 PM
well "things" happen at Yaoicon :p

Would have to cut it down quite a bit if minors were allowed in, and... well.. then it ain't Yaoicon anymore I think :bashful:

Yukari Kaiba
03-01-2008, 01:46 PM
definitely have to agree on the reasoning behind not allowing minors. like what Hpm said, "things" happen at YaoiCon that the kiddies shouldn't see (not that they're bad XD but just not old enough yet to witness lol).

Schuldig_
03-01-2008, 02:51 PM
"things" happen at YaoiCon that the kiddies shouldn't see (not that they're bad XD but just not old enough yet to witness lol).

We-ell, I'm not so sure I agree with that. Kids are generally very resilient, and unspoiled enough to have a very healthy outlook on such stuff. I'm personally a little sick of the stigmatising of sex by adults, but... that's another discussion all together, I think! (And no, Shinobi Yukari, that wasn't meant as a personal attack on you! It was just a thought on adults and their odd views on sex in general. ;))

Leishu
03-01-2008, 03:16 PM
We-ell, I'm not so sure I agree with that. Kids are generally very resilient, and unspoiled enough to have a very healthy outlook on such stuff. I'm personally a little sick of the stigmatising of sex by adults, but... that's another discussion all together, I think! (And no, Shinobi Yukari, that wasn't meant as a personal attack on you! It was just a thought on adults and their odd views on sex in general. ;))

While I do see and respect your point... it's simply hard to really gauge when kids are ready for that exposure. This goes doubly for Yaoi-con, where not only is sex, alcohol, and pretty much all of that stuff rampant, but also, very specifically, an objectification. It's my simple opinion that any who attend Yaoi-con really need to have a heightened sense of the ironic as well as the separation between the portrayed and the realistic. While some kids, especially in the postadolescent ages, are great at this, many are not. Simply put, Yaoi-con, or Yaoi in general, shouldn't be a kid's first exposure to sex. Parents should not be bringing their six-ish year old kids to the con.

And, of course, this is all totally aside from the fact that exposing kids to what happens in almost any area of Y-con is illegal under California law. :]

I'm not getting on you or anything. I'm just sort of putting my words in support of the status quo out there.

Schuldig_
03-01-2008, 04:51 PM
That is quite all right. ;)

I know kids mature very differently, and I wouldn't recommend bringing the really small ones, either (though, chances are that they wouldn't even reflect on it. They don't have any of the taboos associated with nakedness and nearness that we adults do - I saw plenty of proof of that when working with them - they simply don't give a toss until we start getting hysterical about it); I'm just a little tired of the prevailing "sex is something baaaaaaad that grown-ups do" attitude found many places. It doesn't really lay the foundations for any kind of healthy sex life. :/ (The fact that there are even laws about it is, to someone not from America, hysterically funny. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for not abusing kids and not exposing them to anything they can't handle, but there's a far cry between exposing a kid to an image of two people kissing and abuse...)

And now I really should stop rambling or I'll get this thread closed. *gulps*

RedeadDie
03-09-2008, 01:16 AM
Ok, real quick and short opinions from my mind.

Glad for the age limit, for my younger sister just discovered some pairing themes such as Naruto/Sasuke and so on. As for any graphic yaoi, me and my older sister are glad we've kept her away from that as much as possible. She's only twelve and there's no way in hell we'll let her see or read some of the stuff we're into yet. I think children should learn plenty at a young age to have a better understanding. Though, things like if my younger sister goes to Yaoi-Con is something she's not ready yet in my mind. Plus I know things I do at cons usually are questionable and I don't want her watching me and then asking our mother about it later. I'd be killed.

Moving on!

I've been a con goer for anime cons and other cons for almost five years now, but I've never attended any outside of Texas. Considering me and my older sis's regular yearly con we go to got moved back a month, we're considering Yaoi-Con on our list this year. So here's the question...

...Are cons like Yaoi-Con in Cali any different the cons else where in the U.S.? Or is there really no major difference?

Dreadmatic
03-15-2008, 05:07 PM
One question, since I'm deciding on going into the auction, can anyone who's actually been to one tell me if the rumors of it being insanity hopped up on pixie sticks is true?

Leishu
03-15-2008, 06:06 PM
One question, since I'm deciding on going into the auction, can anyone who's actually been to one tell me if the rumors of it being insanity hopped up on pixie sticks is true?

The rumors are more or less true, probably.

I tend to the describe Auction as a cross between the Chippendales, Rocky Horror, and a Burlesque show, but even that's not too accurate. It's its own thing and is deliciously slutty, entertaining, and, at times, even heartwarming.

If you're planning on being -in- the auction, let it be noted that there is a process to go through. I can point you in the right direction if need be but, just in case, you can't just show up and be in it. There is a lot of prep. It's worth doing, though. VERY worth doing. :]


...Are cons like Yaoi-Con in Cali any different the cons else where in the U.S.? Or is there really no major difference?

Apologies for not noticing this question earlier.

Most California cons are similar to cons elsewhere in the US. Some are bigger than most (Fanime, AX), some are smaller (AoD, ToA(Not on this year), JTAF), but they are all pretty similar in setup.

Yaoi-con, though, is completely its own beast. This is for several reasons:

1: The age limit. We've gone over this, but it has an effect of making the whole congoing audience a lot more mature. If you ask me, this is a BIG plus.

2: The video rooms: They play a much smaller part at Yaoi-con than at the average convention. Naturally, they also have a lot more Yaoi. :]

3: The live programming: Have you ever heard of strip-Bingo or strip-Pictionary? Have you bid upon crossdressing pretty-boys, or your favorite FMA character (roy doing his own sexy strip routine, Ed doing his own re-make of "Along came Bialy" from the Producers), or a very, VERY well-built caveman? How about a catboy with an ass that you can bounce a silver dollar off of? Well, we have all of that.

4: The artists' row: Some years are better than others, but, typically, there is great art to be found everywhere at Yaoi-con (both in the row and auctions).

5: The Guests: Most Anime cons will have guests from the US or Japan, but Y-con, as Yaoi is much more of an internationally produced phenomenon, has guests from the US, Japan, Germany, and several other nations.

6: The Crowd: While Y-con is mid-size, it is actually pretty packed. I'm not totally certain of the numbers, but I think we numbered something close to two thousand congoers this year. That also being said, we're close-knit. The con forms its own community, and, furthermore, has an awesome nightlife! ^_~

7: The staff: While it's not unheard of, it is much more rare to hear the phrase "overzealous staffer" in reference to Y-con. The staff is always in strong contact with itself and is a fair bit easier to organize than that of other cons.

8: The game room (I jokingly refer to this as the boyfriend dropoff center): For those who bring significant others, or just plain people who are not interested in an event at a given time, Y-con boasts one of the best game-rooms I've seen. It's well-run, friendly, and filled with nice people. Like the rest of the con, it is very unassuming, which makes the whole experience that much better.

9: The demographic: Just to be noted, Yaoi-con is roughly 95 percent female. I kid you not.


I hope that I've been helpful. ^_^

Dreadmatic
03-15-2008, 06:29 PM
The rumors are more or less true, probably.

I tend to the describe Auction as a cross between the Chippendales, Rocky Horror, and a Burlesque show, but even that's not too accurate. It's its own thing and is deliciously slutty, entertaining, and, at times, even heartwarming.

If you're planning on being -in- the auction, let it be noted that there is a process to go through. I can point you in the right direction if need be but, just in case, you can't just show up and be in it. There is a lot of prep. It's worth doing, though. VERY worth doing. :]



I am, talked into it with promises of cake. So the pointing in the right direction would be helpful ya.

Leishu
03-16-2008, 06:22 PM
I am, talked into it with promises of cake. So the pointing in the right direction would be helpful ya.

*chuckle* Not to be cliché, but the cake is probably a lie. (If it was promised to you as a bishie perk, anyway. If it was bribery, then I have no idea. ;])


Head over to yconbishounen.com, for starters. It's the official bishie comm. We're working on some changes right now, in the background, but that will put you along the required process for being a Yaoi-con bishie. It's where most of the information which is secret to the bishies gets disseminated.

Padmik
03-19-2008, 06:02 PM
Two more years.... *shakes fist*

I will save my money for the yaoi X3

Andromache
03-19-2008, 08:26 PM
That's the spirit! Buy a bishie and support the con! XD

Zero_Gravity
04-16-2008, 11:20 AM
I'll attend a Yaoi-Con unless the following conditions are met:

1- I'm able to financially affrod a trip

2- someone cosplay a kinky Bridget..... what >_>? Bridget is one of the few characters I'd go 100% gay for (I'm at 50/50 still)

although, i do wanna attend a yaoi party....


hmmmmm

Leishu
04-16-2008, 07:22 PM
I'll attend a Yaoi-Con unless the following conditions are met:

1- I'm able to financially affrod a trip

2- someone cosplay a kinky Bridget..... what >_>? Bridget is one of the few characters I'd go 100% gay for (I'm at 50/50 still)

although, i do wanna attend a yaoi party....


hmmmmm

I've seen a bridget or two at-con in the past. I may even be one myself in the future. :D

As for the parties? Hooboy. Yeah. They're goooood.

iaShakezula
07-19-2008, 10:57 PM
mmm Yaoi con.

If I find other reasons to go to San Francisco then I would attend otherwise I will be wasting money and time.
A lot of my cosplaying buddies always ask me ,every year, if I am going and I give the same reply...and besides that not the only con a BL mangaka would show up.

Hatake130
08-15-2008, 06:50 AM
mhmm.. i might go.. lots of ladies xD... anyone know if there is a rave at yaoi con?

Leishu
08-15-2008, 09:51 AM
mhmm.. i might go.. lots of ladies xD... anyone know if there is a rave at yaoi con?

Hm... well if you're going to Yaoi-con to pick up girls, you're seriously going for the wrong reason, as a note. There is no rave at the con but there is a pretty decent dance with a quite-good variety of music.

LordMoufMouf
09-08-2008, 11:07 PM
I was told that it would be inappropriate for me to cosplay a female character (Integra) to this con. In actuality, one of the only reasons I'm going is to cosplay....

Yukari Kaiba
09-09-2008, 12:46 AM
you can cosplay whoever you want, regardless of gender. granted the majority of the cosplays you will see are going to be male characters, but theres always a few female characters represented too.

Duo Monkey
09-09-2008, 06:29 AM
*points* What she said. We get male and female cosplays. In fact I believe the girls who won best group costume craftsmanship were dressed as girls. It's not like we're gonna be like: OMG no girl coplays allowed~! :3 And besides... Integra is butch. XD She's kinda maleish anyway? You just know Alucard is her sub in that relationship.

Schuldig_
09-09-2008, 07:19 AM
I was told that it would be inappropriate for me to cosplay a female character (Integra) to this con. In actuality, one of the only reasons I'm going is to cosplay....


On top of what previous speakers have said, you won't be the only Integra there. ;) And, besides, Integra isn't all the femme, really, so I doubt anyone will think twice about it. I mean, come on, sir Hellsing?? ;)

(Edit: Of course, I if I slowed down, I'd have seen that Duo Monkey just pointed out the very same thing... blame it on nerves; we're leaving for YC on Friday - going to see family first - and I'm still 1,5 costumes short... *frays*)

LordMoufMouf
09-09-2008, 10:19 AM
That makes me feel a whole lot better. Thank you for the kind responses.

I'm also curious as to the weapons policy. I read it fully and even though it stated that no metal props allowed, I'm curious as to how strictly it's enforced. I've been a few other cons where everyone was able to pass swords through, and the staff simply peace tied them with plastic fasteners. Should I bring my sword anyway or leave it at home?

Schuldig_
09-09-2008, 11:01 AM
You're welcome. ;) I guess I'll see you there, master. ;)

As for the weapons policy, this is what the webpage says:

* NO weapons that are made of real steel or metallic parts are allowed
* Realistic looking weapons must be "safed" — and verified by either the Cosplay Coordinator or Convention Security — with a pre-designated piece of ribbon or gaffer's tape.

So I take it that real swords are out of the question.

Duo Monkey
09-09-2008, 12:50 PM
Correct. There is no real weapons allowed, even safetyed ones. If you buy a weapon in the dealer's room you have to take it straight to your room. Sorry. ^^ Law is law and rules is rules.

Turquoistar
10-01-2008, 01:56 PM
Two years of Yaoi con and I still have to say it's the best con I've ever been too. There was a lot more males this year than last but it might have been that I was enjoying the con more and not worried my roommates would get pissed at me and lock me out of the room.

It's really great if you get to know the Bishies too, they are so nice and entertaining.

YC has that family feeling.

Schuldig_
10-03-2008, 05:20 PM
YC has that family feeling.

Hehe, that sounds so wrong for a con that has a strict 18+ policy. :) But yeah, I know what you mean; there's a nice and very comfortable feel to the entire event. And for us older, Scandinavian cosplayers, it's nice to finally not be stared at like we're from outer space. All in all, a great weekend (now if only I could get rid of the jet lag...)!

Hpm
10-03-2008, 10:26 PM
Hehe, that sounds so wrong for a con that has a strict 18+ policy. :) But yeah, I know what you mean; there's a nice and very comfortable feel to the entire event. And for us older, Scandinavian cosplayers, it's nice to finally not be stared at like we're from outer space. All in all, a great weekend (now if only I could get rid of the jet lag...)!

hear hear" ;)

wish cosplaying were bigger here heh

hack7oriole
11-04-2008, 09:52 PM
two years too young, and way too far away. someday i'll go - it'll be my goal^^

Akiwarumono
11-06-2008, 04:51 AM
b) single and wishing to bask in the appreciative company of all those straight women, who may be "getting in the mood" from looking at all that yaoi. :p

So gross of them, but so true -.-;

ZFandKILover
02-16-2009, 03:13 AM
*sigh* i really hate the 18+ rule, im 13 turning 14 in augest and i wont be able to go for four years and i really want to go now!

ElvishBoi
02-18-2009, 02:55 PM
mhmm.. i might go.. lots of ladies xD... anyone know if there is a rave at yaoi con?

Hmmm....
My motivation for trying to go this year is a different version of his reason. I'm actually interested in meeting some cool people, Otakon used to be really good for making new friends, but it got crowded and therefore people became a bit more inclusive within their own groups.... and the crowd became too young for me anyway....., so meeting folks in my generation would be nice.

How friendly and outgoing are the people at YC? =)

(At this point, I still have to see if I can get there or not, the website hasn't posted the dates yet)

Yukari Kaiba
02-18-2009, 08:52 PM
the people (and the staff) are really friendly - I've been going for the past 4 years and have yet to have any problems with attendees or staff =D

Duo Monkey
02-18-2009, 10:19 PM
Personally as cosplay staff... >.> <.< I bite people! *nomnomnom!* ... Ok not really. Everyone at con is laid back and very out going.

ZFandKILover
02-27-2009, 11:41 PM
Oh Duo Monkey think they can lower the age to 14?

Yukari Kaiba
02-28-2009, 03:37 AM
darn I was going to quote from the con's website but the info isn't there...
anyways, @ZFandKILover:
Yaoi Con is always going to be an 18+ con because of some of the content shown at the convention - they're required by law to make the con 18& over because of that.

Duo Monkey
02-28-2009, 06:42 AM
Thanks Shinobi. Yeah, that's the law. No changing it. It's not like we're doing overly raunchy things but it's still adult oriented. Sorry.

josshouse
03-24-2009, 04:08 PM
gah

why do I live in Texas

I am determined to go to this con one day B|

Psi Knight
04-28-2009, 03:13 AM
Alrighty, chubby boy here~ Was just wondering if it would be "unacceptable" for a bigger guy like me to be in cosplay and what not around the con. I know it's more for the "bishie" types. Hope someone can help alittle~ x3

Yukari Kaiba
04-28-2009, 03:33 AM
anybody can be in cosplay, regardless of what they look like - if its something you want to do, then go for it =)

josshouse
05-14-2009, 09:19 PM
oh man CHECK ME OUT, I HAVE FREQUENT FLYER MILES~

Y'all will totally see this Texan in October!

~excited~

Nikolai2099
05-28-2009, 01:25 AM
Hey guys I have a few questions.

So if I stay in another hotel and I want to cosplay at the y-con, is there a place there where I can change my wardrobe there or what is it that you guys recommend? You know because I need to take a cab and it will be a little weird for me in character with the cab driver and the people from ¨the outside world¨.

All though I’m pretty sure cab drivers there probably are accustomed by now to see something like that.

XD

And a another one will be that, if I take a sword or anything that is a prop shaped weapon and does not get approved by the y-con or whatever, will it get confiscated and by the end of the day will I get my props back?

I´ll try to work on non metal shaped weapons but still it would be not cool to get your
weapons confiscated, it’s part of the character!!!

Anyways thanks and the idea for yaoi-con sounds interesting and I’ll definitely be there next year.

See´ya!

Saludos desde Mexico!

Duo Monkey
05-31-2009, 12:16 AM
As for changing there are the handicapped bathrooms at the hotel. And I'm sure the front desk can store your stuff. As for metal props: Not allowed. If you buy something metal (sword, dagger) you'll have to store it somewhere. Front desk, friend's room. But yeah, no metal props, it's simply too dangerous and law enforcement doesn't like it too much.

coderedkitty
06-02-2009, 06:03 AM
I WILL GET TO YOU ONE DAY YAOI-CON!!!!!
...when i have money XD

riceball47
06-06-2009, 10:37 PM
I have a question on a possible prop. I'm going to be cosplaying a character that has a long wooden cross:
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b89/Blehing/Axis%20Powers%20Hetalia/Greece/1228071181766.png

Is that alright? I don't know if I'd actually make it that long, but it's made of wood and won't be used to paddle others! :)

Duo Monkey
06-07-2009, 02:15 AM
You'll need it peace bonded.

Alu-chan
06-11-2009, 10:22 PM
After reading through all of this, I'm now quite excited that I'm choosing to go to Yaoi-Con this year! Just me and my lady friend plan on going, and we will be bringing along our Junjou Romantica outfits along with our new Vassalord cosplays. *wiggles eyebrows*

Although we've both been of age for 2 years now, we've been looking into this con and researching it for quite a while, we just finally made our decision, haha! We live in Colorado, so we wanted to make sure it was worth all the travel and hassle, you know? Since we'll most likely be driving again, not flying. We did Fanime this year and it was spectacular, but we wanted something out of state to top off our year that was a little less...large? It looks like Y-con is just the right size, so I'm super pumped! =D

Plus its on Halloween this year? Awesome. I can pretty much live with that, haha.

*starts counting down the long days*

Duo Monkey
06-12-2009, 12:38 PM
Yeah, it's still a small con despite the fact we draw people in from across the country and around the world. Mostly European people. It's definately worth it. I've been going for years now and I live in Ohio.

Shriver101
06-17-2009, 11:06 AM
WOW< Yay! yaoi cone! Im 14 but i like it, will i be alowed to come in?

Yukari Kaiba
06-17-2009, 02:16 PM
nope, its a strictly 18+ con and they check IDs.

Foxberry
06-18-2009, 04:10 AM
Yeah, it's still a small con despite the fact we draw people in from across the country and around the world. Mostly European people. It's definately worth it. I've been going for years now and I live in Ohio.

That's alright, I've only been to one convention so far and that's Animazement 09 (I'm moving to SF so that's the only reason I'm able to go actually)- so I've found that I actually like small conventions, yeah I know I've only been to one, but I'm not a person who really likes overly large crowds like Fanime would be. I've also been told from a friend that yaoi-con and other small cons like that are much more friendlier regardless.

Duo Monkey
06-18-2009, 09:44 AM
Yup. XD cause you have me and I is super friendly!

Hpm
06-19-2009, 01:46 PM
can get a bit too friendly at times :p

Duo Monkey
06-19-2009, 05:34 PM
can get a bit too friendly at times :p

*bites!* Am not!

Janelle Ann
06-19-2009, 08:32 PM
FINALLY! I Have waited 17 Years and I FINALLY~ am able to attend this con to it's fullest! since I turn 18 this august so happy :D

I Will not be bombarded by security no loonger saying "BADGE PLEASE D:<"

zoycite
06-25-2009, 11:42 AM
Yaoi Con has become the new "home con" for ManaDolly and I. I have attended all of them and ManaDolly has only missed the first one (age issues). We live in Western Colorado and drive in every year. Even though it has grown quite a bit since the beginning it still has that "family" feeling. We both crossplay although ManaDolly is more bishie-ful than I am so I usually stick with more manly or older characters (but Zoycite is my signature cosplay). You can pm me if you have any questions or comments.

Kell-chan
08-25-2009, 07:58 PM
Just me and my lady friend plan on going, and we will be bringing along our Junjou Romantica outfits along with our new Vassalord cosplays.

Delayed response SQUEE!

I love Vassalord. I'll be sure to say hi if I see you!

openhappy
08-30-2009, 09:29 PM
We were thinking about going to Yaoi con for the first time to provide press coverage for openhappy.com (http://www.openhappy.com) Then, we just learn that there is no press pass this year :( And there is a list of rules listed on the web site:

1. Obtain verbal permission before taking photos. Avoid taking crowd shots, unless you obtain permission from all attendees in the photo.
2. Obtain written permission before posting the photos online with your review/article.
3. No filming/recording in the badge-restricted areas of the convention.
4. No photography in the Dealers' Rooms or Art Show.

In other words, it sounds like Yaoi con does not want any press coverage for some reason. Is it always like that?

edenmon
09-18-2009, 04:03 PM
Hopefully I can make it to Yaoi-con this year... been wanting to go since I was 15 ;_;

Also, I have a general cosplay question.

Do people cosplay females characters there? I know it's Yaoi-con and all, but I can't get away with crossplay. Dx

Duo Monkey
09-18-2009, 08:13 PM
You can do male or female. No one goes around saying they are the Yaoi Police and if you're not two guys kissing that's just wrong!

Duo Monkey
09-18-2009, 08:17 PM
We were thinking about going to Yaoi con for the first time to provide press coverage for openhappy.com (http://www.openhappy.com) Then, we just learn that there is no press pass this year :( And there is a list of rules listed on the web site:

1. Obtain verbal permission before taking photos. Avoid taking crowd shots, unless you obtain permission from all attendees in the photo.
2. Obtain written permission before posting the photos online with your review/article.
3. No filming/recording in the badge-restricted areas of the convention.
4. No photography in the Dealers' Rooms or Art Show.

In other words, it sounds like Yaoi con does not want any press coverage for some reason. Is it always like that?

It's not so much us as it's the oddball laws in place. People can sue you for taking their picture and posting them without permission. Is that likely to happen? No. Do we want you to be careful and aware of that law? Yes. We just don't want anyone getting in trouble for taking a photo and posting it somewhere. I think most cons are going this way now.

Andromache
09-19-2009, 05:17 AM
We've had an occasion in the past where a publication put photos up without getting permission from the folks first. It's not that they don't want coverage, I think, but it's that they've had to deal with it before.

Maybe it'll weed out the people who go to the con just to provide coverage of how uncomfortable they are with the activities and how 'weird' people are. (Yes, we know we're 'weird', but I'm not here for your entertainment, bucko. I'm here for my entertainment.)

Hpm
09-19-2009, 10:47 AM
I'm not here for your entertainment, bucko. I'm here for my entertainment.)

I'm there for your entertainment :p

Andromache
09-19-2009, 11:14 AM
I'm there for your entertainment :p

Yes, yes, you are. ;)

Eurobeat King
09-19-2009, 01:30 PM
Andromache: Too bad you're not bringing your Castlevania costume this year for more sword-licking pictures. :D

I don't feel you need to have a Press Pass to enjoy cosplay photography at Yaoicon. There are a good amount of photographers who attend Yaoicon (they seem to increase each year I tend to notice, unlike the first few years where there weren't as many) and take pictures or do photoshoots around the hotel.

As long as you have a badge, ask cosplayers for photos, and tell the cosplayers who you are and where you plan to post your pictures, you will be okay.

edenmon
09-22-2009, 06:28 AM
You can do male or female. No one goes around saying they are the Yaoi Police and if you're not two guys kissing that's just wrong!

Alright, well thanks for clarifying. :D

Do a large number of female cosplays happen, or not? Just curious. ;)

Yukari Kaiba
09-22-2009, 09:57 AM
I think its probably safe to say that a majority of the cosplays at the con are male, but seeing female cosplays isn't uncommon either (wouldn't say a large number, though).

KittyCatChi
09-23-2009, 02:22 AM
Alright, well thanks for clarifying. :D

Do a large number of female cosplays happen, or not? Just curious. ;)

There's a decent amount, definitely not the normal amount that you see at regular cons but they are around. Personally, I'm bringing two crossplays and two cosplays. Besides the yaoi-themed events, it's just a nice chill con with a higher age group =3 I've been trying to explain this to a couple of photographer friends but they're still wary of going which makes me sad ;_;

Aya Brea X
09-25-2009, 01:12 AM
Girls go dressed up in their girley finery, too :3 I see some awesome Lolita dresses and a fair number of corsets along with cosplaying, too. I'm planning on some female character cosplays along with crossplays. Plus there are guys dressed up as girls, too, so it's all good :3

We were thinking about going to Yaoi con for the first time to provide press coverage for openhappy.com (http://www.openhappy.com) Then, we just learn that there is no press pass this year :( And there is a list of rules listed on the web site:

1. Obtain verbal permission before taking photos. Avoid taking crowd shots, unless you obtain permission from all attendees in the photo.
2. Obtain written permission before posting the photos online with your review/article.
3. No filming/recording in the badge-restricted areas of the convention.
4. No photography in the Dealers' Rooms or Art Show.

In other words, it sounds like Yaoi con does not want any press coverage for some reason. Is it always like that?

Wow, looks like I'll just have to stare REALLY REALLY hard during badge restricted events so I can burn some mental images to tide myself over for the rest of the year until the next yaoi con XD

Leishu
10-28-2009, 03:04 AM
Girls go dressed up in their girley finery, too :3 I see some awesome Lolita dresses and a fair number of corsets along with cosplaying, too. I'm planning on some female character cosplays along with crossplays. Plus there are guys dressed up as girls, too, so it's all good :3



Wow, looks like I'll just have to stare REALLY REALLY hard during badge restricted events so I can burn some mental images to tide myself over for the rest of the year until the next yaoi con XD

Just bring a camera and ask before you take a shot. Often, the bishies are very, very amenable to pictures. For the most part, flattery is the emotion, with a few noted acceptions. It's still just more polite to ask. ^_^

akiahara
11-07-2009, 04:02 AM
I have yet to see anyone have a problem with taking pictures... and the bishies are usually really accommodating. ^__^

Braithcakes
12-26-2009, 10:38 AM
this is for 18 and up, right?


this sounds like it'd be a really good gift to take my friend eryn to, she never finds the yaoi she wants anywhere :]

Yukari Kaiba
12-28-2009, 04:47 AM
@braithcakes - yes, Yaoi Con is strictly an 18+ con ^^

Nikore-chan08
01-14-2010, 03:03 AM
WooT YAOI! I've heard about this con, wish I could go to it! XD

Kayu-sama
02-05-2010, 02:09 PM
There are actually straight men who appreciate yaoi. It seems to transcend sexual orientation. My bro, who's straight as an arrow, got into the Gravitation anime and manga after I did. I think he just likes a good story and good characters and isn't bothered by the fact that it's romance between two guys. I mean, I doubt he's gonna watch Sensitive Pornograph or anything, but still....

Izuma
03-11-2010, 05:47 PM
X3 is it possible to get a parent signed pass?

Andromache
03-11-2010, 07:18 PM
Nope. You have to be 18 on the day that the con begins, essentially.

zoycite
03-12-2010, 10:40 AM
No. The California legal code says you have to be 18 or older. You can register if you are 17 but you must have had your 18th birthday by the convention. When you attend your first Yaoi Con, you will understand the wisdom of this. (9 year Yaoi Con veteran and loved every minute) And as far as female cosplays goes, I have seen some really nice ones there but its really nice if you have a group of people from the same series

OMGwyn
05-01-2010, 11:58 AM
I live in Jersey... ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY!
And I need to go to this con. I've been wanting to go since I first heard about it a couple years ago.
But I really had no incentive.
I have a friend who lives in Oregon, and we're thinking of going together.
Maybe next year though, since I kinda like to have Halloween with my friends.
I just wanted to know what to expect.
I've been to cons before, but she hasn't. Hopefully I can break her into it haha xD

deity1248
06-09-2010, 03:00 PM
wondering, when and where is it?

Eau de Decus
06-10-2010, 02:17 AM
wondering, when and where is it?
All news of the Yaoi-con can be found on their website here:
http://www.yaoicon.com/

deity1248
06-10-2010, 06:38 AM
ah thank you very much

kayfig
07-04-2010, 02:42 PM
For someone who's never attended Yaoi-Con but has an interest, are there any panels in particular that are highlights of the con? Or is it more about the atmosphere?

Shiva Edge
07-05-2010, 01:43 AM
I'm dying to attend other cons besides AX (I've only ever attended AX), and Yaoi-Con is probably gonna be next on my list since it's not too far from Los Angeles ^^

Unfortunately, I really doubt any of my anime buddies (who went to AX with me) would be interested in attended a yaoi con. Do you think it would be worth it to go solo?

Yukikittie
08-08-2010, 05:11 PM
I'll be there! ^^
In three years!

Yukari Kaiba
08-08-2010, 11:28 PM
For someone who's never attended Yaoi-Con but has an interest, are there any panels in particular that are highlights of the con? Or is it more about the atmosphere?

Off the top of my head, the Auction is definitely an event you won't want to miss.

NInaSue
08-19-2010, 02:07 AM
For someone who's never attended Yaoi-Con but has an interest, are there any panels in particular that are highlights of the con? Or is it more about the atmosphere?

Bishi Bingo ^^

Yami/Kaiba
09-05-2010, 08:50 PM
Oh I will be going that's for sure.

Axelai
10-15-2010, 02:43 AM
I'm so mad. I turn 18 on November 13th. FML. I really want to go D: All my friends are getting ready for the con, and i'm sitting here pouting.

Well... at least i have friends who will buy me doujinshi... u____u;;

Aoi-Ninja
10-15-2010, 01:59 PM
This will be my first year going, and after reading all the post made so far I feel much better about cosplaying girls during the con. I have a horrible time binding and (....well I just don't think I'm doing it right in the long run XD) I was a bit nervous about it, thinking I'd stand out, but my friend will be in crossplay so yeah! I'm excited!

Looking forward to seeing you all, I'll be the SnJ Naruto ^_^

Axelai
10-30-2010, 01:02 AM
Currently moping over not being there. 18 in 15 days... *sighs*