Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Yabara - Juné's New Venture

You're probably looking at the word Yabara and wondering what on earth I'm talking about, so I'll share some info from the panel Juné Manga held on the final day of Yaoi-con. This year Juné didn't have a separate panel for licensing announcements due to the fact that they only had a couple of licenses they acquired (I sent an inquiry to the con regarding the missing publisher panel and that was the answer I received.) Juné is going to expand their yaoi offerings by merging the world of yaoi with the world of bara to try and expand their fan base (bara is created for gay men by men -generally- and tend to feature buff, muscled, manly men. If looking for bara styled titles from Japan in English by the two main yaoi publishers check out The Man of Tango by Tetuzoh Okadaya from SuBLime and the four titles from Sakira through 801 Media [available at eManga.]) Through this venture they also plan on bringing artists works from other parts of the world besides Japan.

For their first outing in this brand new world is going to be a title called Eden's Mercy by Velvet Toucher and Consito Ramirez. Velvet Toucher is Japanese but has been working over here in the United States. She's worked on books through Yaoi Revolution and also worked with one of my all time favorite yaoi writing teams Guilt|Pleasure on Father Figure (I have the novel, I just haven't read it yet.) The art is definitely interesting and I am looking forward to checking it out when it is released, which will be next year (I failed to write down a date and totally don't remember when they said we will get to enjoy it, I just know it's going to be sometime in 2017.) Because of this new focus they are expanding Yaoi-con by introducing a new convention on the east coast called Bishonen-con to be held in March in Rhode Island. But Bishonen-con is going to focus more on celebrating all things LGBT as opposed to just yaoi manga and anime like Yaoi-con.

Since this panel was held by the folks of Juné they did actually field questions regarding things other than this new venture and did announce a couple licenses. Sadly there were only two and one was announced a little bit before the con, but I will go ahead and include it here. The two licenses are for The Tyrant Falls in Love vol. 10 by Hinako Takanaga (which in sensei's panel they made it sound like vol. 10 is the final volume but she loves drawing it so much she would love to continue on forever, but please don't quote me on that I'm not totally sure it's the final one.) The other title is Twittering Birds Never Fly vol. 3 by Kou Yoneda. Those two titles will probably come out in the latter half of 2017. They also said that they are working on their next yaoi Kickstarter and it will probably be ready to roll out in November.

Overall it was an interesting panel and I look forward to see what Juné has in store for us in the future.

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