Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Yaoi-con 2014!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Yaoi-con 2014 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame, California over the weekend of September 12-14, Yaoi-con 2014 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Yaoi-con 2014 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests of Honor included Takaku Shoko and Reika. Main events included Live Drawing Session with Reika, Bishounen Bingo, Cosplay Masquerade, Bishounen Auction, and more. Panels and Workshops included Introduction to Crossplay, Hetalia, Historical Boys love, BL Games, Voice Acting with Hentai, Webcomics, Teahouse and Making Your Own Comic, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gay Since '79, Character Design, Character Development in Yaoi, Boys of Kpop and Why We Love Them, Personal Process of Printing Smut, and more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Yaoi-con saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Dramatical Murder, Free!, YowaPeda, Magi, Jojo's Bizarre Adventures, Hoozuki no Reitetsu, Adekan, Uta no Prince, Attack on Titan, Black Butler, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Yaoi-con stock convention archives!
Report: After a two-year long stint from the NorCal scene, Yaoi-con returns to the San Francisco Bay Area with a sharp focus on providing the best Yaoi Boys Love entertainment clearly targeting the fanbase who just want the yaoi. With a dedicated staff and large helpings of yaoi-focused offerings, most of the attendees who flew or drove in from all over the US seemed very pleased.

Registration was fast and efficient. Arrived in on Friday night just before the 8pm Reg Desk closing and quickly picked up my attendee badge and schedule. The Dealers Hall was divided into both Artists Alley and Dealers and virtually every table was stocked with plenty of yaoi material, most of which you wouldn't find at your typical anime convention. Hot boys love art trends featured Free!, YowaPeda, Attack on Titan, and Uta no Prince, as well as many original works. There was no gaming room as far as I could tell, and that was probably a wise choice considering the target audience Yaoi-con was trying to bring in. The staff were really nice and friendly, always courteous and answered a lot of my questions about where things were and whatnot. 

Highlights of the convention were attending Friday night's Bishounen Bingo, Saturday night's Bishounen Auction, and getting an autograph from Japanese Cosplayer Guest of Honor Reika on Sunday. The Bishounen Bingo was mostly a humorous comedy stage performance mixed with traditional audience bingo, with lucky winners getting to see plenty of live boys love action. Bishounen Auction had a lot more girls wildly screaming for all the hot guys and a hearty live performance by Reika singing the opening theme to Evangelion while cosplaying from Uta no Prince. A winning bid for Reika topped at $4000 and the lucky winner received a Sunday lunch with her. Reika's schedule for Sunday started early with her autograph session, panel, and ended with a photo session. I was able to successfully get her autograph for a friend and a quick photo at her session which pretty much fulfilled a few of my high goals for that weekend.

Other areas of the convention functions seemed to be well-run. The line for yaoi-focused Anime Music Videos was long, meaning it would be quite a popular and well-received attraction. The Library was typically more than half-packed with plenty of boys love manga to read quietly. The video room also seemed to be packed and featured the usual traditional must-see favorites as well as new releases. Two years makes a big difference and attendees had a lot of catching up to do.

Although small in attendance compared to general anime conventions, the overall feel I gathered was that Yaoi-con was attempting to recapture the greatness of nothing but yaoi and keep it at that. I feel that they did an excellent job at focusing on its core audience and I look forward to attending the next one. If you like your yaoi and you really need that fix, then I highly recommend you make the trip. It's all yaoi, I promise.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Yaoi-con stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Yaoi-con!