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Aoi Futaba Kurenai Mitsuba Guests at Yaoi Jamboree

More Yaoi Jamboree Guests!
For those of you whom I’ve whispered this to: It’s official and can go public. Aoi Futaba and Kurenai Mitsuba, the mangaka team behind such yaoi titles as Level C and A Kings Lesson are confirmed as guests for Yaoi Jamboree. I had the confirmation I needed to announce this waiting in my email. We haven’t sent the press release yet.

Media Blasters is a major presence at Yaoi Jamboree, and I know they’ll be involved with our guests. I can’t say that they’re hosting the guests per se since this time our Japanese translator (borrowed from Go!Comi, I love you Christine!) contacted these two mangaka directly. Obviously, with Media Blasters publishing both the Level C manga and DVD, as well as ‘A Kings Lesson’ they’ll take some part in the guests appearances.

Please bear with me on the press kits. We’ve just finished a major convention blitz with Anime Matsuri, Anime Boston, and Sakura con in the last two weeks. I hope bloggers will pick up this news and spread it around while we get organized.

Yaoi Jamboree Charity Auction
Yaoi Jamboree will have a charity auction to benefit 1 Voice, the LGBT community center in Phoenix. We are seeking donations for the auction. This will be announced on the news wire soon also. Bloggers please grab the news here! It’s an extremely worthy cause. I would have benefited from a center like this when I was struggling with my own sexual identity when I was younger.

Free Passes for Yaoi Jamboree at Phoenix Pride
Yaoi Jamboree Chair Kyla Mills will be distributing free weekend passes at Phoenix Pride the weekend of April 12th. Rather than just handing these out like a promotional flyer, we’re requiring people who accept the pass to fill out the registration form. We’ll email reminders to them prior to the show.

Phoenix Pride is obviously not an anime convention. Many (probably most) people in the gay community aren’t familiar with yaoi. We want Yaoi Jamboree to be a welcoming environment for gay, bi, yaoi fan-girls, and the ‘y-curious.’

Any person 18 or older is welcome to get their free weekend pass at our tent at Phoenix Pride. This is the only show where we plan on distributing passes for free. It may not be enough just to pique curiosity to get the uninitiated to attend the show. We feel that giving out free passes is a sure way to get these folks to check it out, and become life-long yaoi addicts.

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