Manga posts

BL Roundtable: Conclusions: Ceci n’est pas une tautology by “Kinukitty”

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:02 AM
The following is neither a joke nor as blindingly obvious as one might initially think: Yaoi fans love gay men. For what it’s worth. And what is it worth? I have wondered. On the one hand – love. Good! On the other hand, love because of sexual preference. Creepy. It isn’t possible to objectify someone respectfully. We try, though. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty; Sidebar by Dirk Deppey; and conclusions by Berlatsky, Garrity and Deppey.

BL Roundtable: Conclusions: On Dream Police, Cigars and Maybe Not Shutting Up Forever

Posted by on June 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
For me, then, the problem with Boys’ Love Manga’s forays into analysis isn’t that one shouldn’t analyze sexual fantasies — it’s that the analysis in question was fucking stupid. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty; Sidebar by Dirk Deppey; and conclusions by Garrity, Kinukitty and Deppey.

BL Roundtable Sidebar: The Mirror of Male-Love Love

Posted by on June 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Reflections on being both central to a genre and completely irrelevant to it, why women should be more confident in letting their freak flag fly (and a few possible reasons why they sometimes don't), why the similarities between men and women are just as interesting as the differences, a brief history of world pederasty, what it's like for a boy (on bottom), the inevitable coming-out melodrama — oh, and a review of the collection of academic essays, Boys' Love Manga. Not necessarily in that order. 10,000+ words, not even remotely safe for work. Opening shots by Shaenon Garrity, Noah Berlatsky and Kinukitty

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BL Roundtable: Anthropologize Me One More Time, Baby by “Kinukitty”

Posted by on June 9th, 2010 at 12:05 AM
In the first part of a three-part roundtable (with opening shots on Wednesday, a sidebar on Thursday, and conclusions on Friday), "Kinukitty" offers a yaoi fanfic writer's perspective on Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre, Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry, and Dru Pagliassotti, editors (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. Inc., 2010)

BL Roundtable: No Point, No Meaning, Maybe Tenure

Posted by on June 9th, 2010 at 12:03 AM
Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre really helped me come to terms with my past, my regrets, my desires. Speaking as a straight white cisgendered male, I occasionally regret my transgressive decision to drop out of grad school to explore the fluid, abject jouissance of the non-(i)voried and nontowered. But then I encounter a text like this, and in its quivering, jellylike prose I remember why, though riven by radical difference, still numerous numinous heterogenous communities speak with a single pleasurable speech-act when they utter: “academics fucking suck.”

BL Roundtable: Do we really need to spill this much ink over the question of whether girls like porn?

Posted by on June 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
It’s fun when people get all intellectual about porn. I’m impressed by the level of research and familiarity with the subject matter in most of these papers—with a few exceptions, like Mark McHarry’s “Boys in Love in Boys’ Love,” which seems to think that yaoi is mostly shota—but at the same time there’s a running sense of the academic protesting too much. Do we really need to spill this much ink over the question of whether girls like porn?

Maybe we do.

Journalista for May 24, 2010: Form follows function

Posted by on May 24th, 2010 at 1:00 AM
Timespirits creator Steve Perry missing, foul play suspected ♦ RIP Howard Post ♦ more

Manga 2.0: Yoshitoshi ABe’s Digital Dojinshi by Jason Thompson

Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, reviews both Yoshitoshi ABe's I am an Alien. I have a Question., and the mode of delivery, as it's only available in the U.S. via the iPhone and the Kindle; "As the traditional publisher-centric, print-oriented model of manga dries up, artists like ABe may be the ones best positioned to stay on their feet."

Audio: Censorship in Manga Lecture by Jason Thompson

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

This audio file is a "rough draft" of the lecture on censorship in manga and anime that Jason Thompson recently delivered at TCAF this weekend, presented at the 2010 Sakura Con in Seattle, WA. Click here for audio

Why Size Matters: Manga and Anime on-screen

Posted by on April 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Anime Boston and the release of the iPad occur on the same day and same street. Will manga and other Japanese pop media find a new lease on life via the hand-held screen?
images ©2010 Apple Inc.

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