Monday, November 1, 2010

Read this: Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers

Over at About.com, Deb Aoki provides a transcript of Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers, a discussion panel at this years New York Anime Fest:

Scott Robins: In just my reading of yaoi, I notice that there's a lot of high tension and desperation, and there's something really interesting about that. I don't think you see that in a lot of other romance comics. It's shown in an especially visual way in these stories; you see the tension in their faces and in their actions. I think that's what makes it appealing.

A bit of background: Yaoi and yuri are genres of manga focusing on male/male and female/female relationships, respectively. While both have their share of gay and lesbian fans, they're often created by and for straight people. It goes without saying that an outsider depicting same-sex relationships can end up as anything from inaccurate to offensive - hence the panel's focus on titles that, from a gay/lesbian perspective, get things mostly right.

Deb Aoki also took the time to post the panel's list of titles recommended for GBLTQ readers. Don't feel like you have to ignore the list if you're straight, though - good comics are good comics, no matter who they're written for.

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