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The ULTIMATE YAOI FAN 2012 caption contest is here! Push your dirty fujoshi/danshi minds to the limit: If you're the ultimate yaoi fan, any kind of photo will start looking like a naughty scene from a yaoi manga, right? Channel those thoughts by captioning a picture every week -- the fan with the most fantastic captions will be awarded fabulous prizes and the title of "THE ULTIMATE YAOI FAN 2012" at con! Check out all the contest details here!
 
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Fan market tables are now open for registration! If you're a talented artist/crafter/etc. etc. swing on by and grab yourself a table to peddle your wares at this year's Yaoi-con 2012! Looking to sell some old swag, manga, posters, or miscellany? Hop on down to the Swap Meet page to get all the information you need to get in on the flea market action.

If cosplay is more your thing, we now have information available on how to prepare for the Masquerade event this year -- all the rules and info you need can be found here!

Interested in running a panel for this year's convention? Want to impart your knowledge on your fellow fan, or organize a gathering for your favorite fandom or hobby? Now's your chance! Head on down to the panel registration form to sign up for... well, panels! If you're interested in running a fan gathering this year, fill out the panel form and we'll arrange a time and location for your meet-up! Note that only panels will receive volunteer hours, NOT fan gatherings.

Last but not least, if furious tweeting and picture snapping are more your style-- Join us for the 2nd official Yaoi-Con Scavenger Hunt, where teams complete yaoi-tastic tasks for a chance at fabulous prizes! Fun abounds, so register your team today!
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Interested in lending a helping hand to Yaoi-Con and your fellow fans? Check out the volunteer page for information on how you can get involved with Yaoi-con!

We need all sorts, from people willing to help unload equipment and supplies for the con to monitors for our video room and badge checkers. Even just a few hours would be a great help, and you can use volunteer hours to get a discount on your badge for Yaoi-con 2013! Hop on over to the volunteer page on the official YaoiCon website if you're interested!
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Come check out our new and revamped Yaoi-Con website, featuring a Black Sun theme by our awesome guest of honor, Uki Ogasawara! Keep an eye on it for more info soon!

In the following weeks, we'll be announcing new guests, event details, information for exhibitors, and much much more, so hang tight-- there'll be some exciting news headed your way shortly!

Also, don't forget! Pre-registration is open until September 8, so get your registration packets in!
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We are pleased to announce Uki Ogasawara, yaoi manga author and illustrator, as our Guest of Honor for YaoiCon 2012! Best known as the mangaka of Black Sun, Virtuoso di Amore, and Nightmare Fortress, Ogasawara-sensei lives in Kanagawa prefecture in Japan, where she also works as an illustrator for various other series under the penname Lightgraph II (ライトグラフII ).

This YaoiCon, Ogasawara-sensei looks forward to meeting fans at her very first American convention!






For those who would like to get to know her a little better, our Guest of Honor shares a few details about herself in the following interview by our staff:


Q: What is your current/on-going work?
A: It’s called 「抱擁実験」 (Hōyō jikken), and it is currently being featured in Taiyoh Tosho’s monthly magazine “ihr Hertz.”

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Nothing in particular; I like everything. I don’t drink, though…

Q: Favorite music? Genre? Artists?
A: Mainly, I like original soundtracks from movies and games. As for genres, I like: classical, techno, R&B, Rock, world… I don’t really have a favorite, but generally types of music you don’t hear in Japan. Some artists I like are: Rihanna, Hans Zimmer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Susumu Hirasawa…
As you can see, no one or nothing particular: genres and musicians of all kinds!

Q: What do you like to do on your day off?
A: I like to go shopping, take care of my fish tank, play Monster Hunter (it’s a game; they call it MonHun in Japan) or Diablo 3. I suppose I should read a little more instead of playing games…

Q: What kind of books do you like to read?
A: Umm… I don’t have a favorite or particular genre/type I like to read, but recently I read a non-fiction called The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine by Francis Collins and Anpon: Son Masayoshi Den by Shinichi Sano. I enjoyed them very much. Both are very memorable books.

Q: Manga-wise, what would you like to work on next?
A: Well, all depends on my schedule… But, of course, something that enables me to write handsome bishounen!

Q: Your most challenging work so far?
A: Illustrating someone else’s work/script is always difficult. Original writers and creators have their own thoughts and images in their head, as it should be. Thus, trying to come up with drawings to their expectations is always difficult and challenging.


Interested in hearing more from Uki Ogasawara-sensei? Look forward to seeing her at Yaoi-Con this year!
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This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Westin hotel, a lovely venue by the sea and located right next to downtown Long Beach.

The Westin is right across the street from the Long Beach Convention Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Queen Mary, and numerous eateries and shops. Attendees will never be for want of something to do - even when it isn’t yaoi related!



Convention block rooms start at $129 + tax a night, and can be reserved through the Westin’s Yaoi-Con event page here.

Hurry and reserve your rooms at this gorgeous venue for the best Yaoi-Con experience!
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Welcome to the Yaoi-Con 2012 Dreamwidth blog, the place for all your Yaoi-Con blogging needs! Here, we will be posting updates on guests, artist’s alley and dealers' room news, special events, and every other bit of Yaoi-Con information that you’ll need to make 2012 the best year yet!

Currently, registration and hotel booking are LIVE, with information about other events headed your way in the near future!
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