Here’s a big shout out to all of you who stopped by one of our Fanime panels, played Yaoi Bingo with us, or shopped around the DMI/Yaoi-con booth in the Dealer’s Hall: Fanime was fantastic because of all of you, and we hope the convention was as wonderful for you as it was for us. For all of our fans who didn’t have the chance to join us in San Jose, here’s a quick run-down of the convention, blow by blow, in (almost) gritty detail.
Digital Manga Guild Panel
We started off the weekend with the Digital Manga Guild panel, which was streamed live from the San Jose Convention Center straight to your internet device of choice. For those of you new to the Digital Manga Guild, we did a run-down of the ins and outs of working in the Guild and introduced several of our upstanding DMG groups.
For the DMG familiar, we had a handful of exciting new announcements. Did you know that DMG is planning on translating novels in the very near future? It’s true! If you want to get in on localizing light novels, we’ll be happy to send you a test to screen your abilities – email contact[AT]digitalmangaguild.com for the test and other details. We’re also proud to bring original doujinshi, provided by Aksys and dlsite.com to the Digital Manga Guild!
And finally, the DMG is proud to announce that we’ll be bringing the Erementar Gerade spin-off series, Erementar Gerade: Flag of Blue to a digital platform nearest you!
Digital Manga Platinum Panel
With a passion for manga comes a passion for respecting our roots, and at the Digital Manga Platinum panel, we took a look at the background of the imprint and our push to bring classic manga to the masses via the crowd funding platform, Kickstarter. Our past two campaigns, which funded Swallowing the Earth and Barbara, were met with resounding success, and we’re proud to announce that another campaign to Kickstart more Tezuka manga is in the works!
Yaoi-Con 2012 Panel and Yaoi Bingo
Yaoi-Con staff, both past and present gathered in San Jose to talk about the move from San Francisco to Long Beach and all the other nitty gritty details of Yaoi-Con’s future! Rest assured we’re going to bring you guys all of the bishonen buying, shirt claiming, yaoi action from the great Yaoi-Cons of the past, plus a few things that we hope will be an improvement, like an extra day of shopping in the Dealer’s Hall!
We’re also proud to announce Yaoi-Con 2012′s guest: Uki Ogasawara, the author of the historical yaoi romance, Black Sun! We hear that Ogasawara-sensei is incredibly excited to come meet the English speaking Yaoi community, so don’t forget to pre-reg and snag a badge to come see her! If you postmark your registration by May 31st, you can still get the Early Bird reg price of $45!
We’d like to extend yet another heartfelt thanks to all you Fanime attendees! Can’t wait to see more of you at Anime Expo and Yaoi-Con!