Yaoi-Con, A Quickie Impression

Yaoi-Con 2012

This was my first year attending Yaoi-Con.

The convention has been around for many years but it was usually held at San Francisco, California. This year, it moved to Long Beach, California and Fortune Cookie and I decided to check it out. I’m going to try and give the convention a fair assessment, as this was my first year in attendance and I will try not to be a jaded, bitter cookie about it.

First of all, if you don’t know what yaoi means, head on over to the Wikipedia page. If you don’t feel like reading the Wikipedia page, yaoi is boys loving each other manga and anime. Warning, there is a NSFW photo below the cut!

The con was definitely a smaller one. I have nothing to compare it to but to be fair, we did go on a Sunday which was the last day of the event. When we entered the hotel, I was met with the familiar sight of cosplayers lounging around the lobby and socializing. It seemed pretty quiet which was the opposite of what I’ve expected. I am used to the rambunctious nature of Yaoi fangirls from my younger days of attending anime conventions.

We paid for the $30 one-day badge which I thought was rather expensive for the last day of a convention.

Cranky Staff Members

They were certainly not the warmest bunch to deal with and my friends who arrived a few minutes before us were treated very rudely. I am not sure if they were tired from deal with the event for an entire weekend already but it definitely gave us a bad impression already. Then again, anime convention seem to have cranky staffers and volunteers in general from my experience.

Artist Alley & Exhibit Hall

I actually enjoyed the artist alley. It was smaller but a lot of the artists were quite talented. Unfortunately, it was a case of more sellers than buyers that day and it was quiet from what I can tell. I hope Saturday had been more busy for them.

The exhibit hall is pretty small and typical and of course, the wares were mostly doujinshi, manga and random merchandise. The highlight for me was Jo Chen, selling her books at her booth and chatting with fans. I ended up purchasing one of her sketchbooks. I didn’t find any manga from Naono Bohra, who is still my favorite Yaoi artist. Kind of disappointed!

Yaoi-Con 2012

We didn’t attend any panels but we did sit through the entire AMV Contest replay, where the videos were parred down to the finalists and then they announced the winners. They showed some fun videos and also tons of repetitive entries. Half of the series I hardly recognized which made me feel kind of bad for falling out of the Yaoi circle.

Cosplayers seemed pretty casual at best — again, it seemed like a pretty calm day for everyone since all the fun stuff already happened on Saturday, i.e. the Bishounen Auction and the masquerade. Before the convention, people have given me the impression that attendees may be running around the event, smacking each other with Yaoi paddles. Which is a nightmare of mine so thank goodness we went on a calmer day. There were random musicians and boys dancing strangely though so I had my fill of random-anime-convention-people.

We did run into some friends dressed as Ryo and Dee from FAKE (a favorite series of mine!) and a Castiel cosplayer.

Castiel, at best, seemed lost and confused.

Yaoi-Con 2012

Yaoi-Con 2012

Yaoi-Con 2012

Would I attend the convention again? Probably… I mean, why not? I do want to see this legendary Bishounen Auction, one of these days. I would love it if they drop the price a little bit. I think $20 for the last day of the convention is much more reasonable. I would also love it if they staff members weren’t so cranky and rude but that might be asking for too much.

To learn more about Yaoi Con, visit their website at www.yaoicon.com.

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