The 2017 schedule is now available here. You can read about each event under their related section of the “Events” menu.
We’ve updated the Events section with a whole lot of information on what you can expect during BishounenCon. We’ve packed a whole lot of fun into three short days. Hopefully, you’re as excited about it as we are! 🙂 It’s going to be a blast!
As a reminder:
Artists & Dealers applications are closed.
Panel applications are closed.
Staff/volunteer applications remain open until Feb 6!
Pre-reg closes on March 1st! Get your tickets now!!
Dealers and Artists Alley are SOLD OUT!
We will not be accepting any new applications. All accepted Dealers/Artists have already been notified. You can find a list of our confirmed Dealers and Artists on their respective pages. (If you are a Dealer/Artist and don’t see your name on that page, email email@example.com to make sure we’ve received your payment.)
Panel/Event deadline is January 13!
Want to run an event? The deadline is almost here. Head over to bishounen.anpanels.com and register your event ASAP. Time is running out!
Staff/Volunteer Applications are still open!
We’re still seeking a few good staff and volunteers to help make this year’s BishounenCon a success. The areas most in need of experienced staff are A/V and Security, but even if you don’t have previous con experience we welcome enthusiastic volunteers! Sign up here.
Due to a change in BishounenCon’s administration, applications for staff and volunteer have gotten lost during this transition. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and we cannot thank you all enough for your patience on this matter. To those still wanting to be part of BishounenCon’s staff/volunteers, please resend your applications again through the BishounenCon website! Staff and volunteers will still receive the benefits listed on the application page, such as a weekend badge and meals.
On behalf of BishounenCon, we are truly grateful to those of you willing to offer your assistance for our first year! Together with your help, we hope to give the East Coast an unforgettable YaoiCon experience!
You asked and we listened! Bishounen Con badge prices have now been reduced accordingly for General, At-the-Door, and now we are offering Single Day passes as well! Be sure to snag your ticket now!
General Weekend Badge ($35)
A full-weekend badge at the pre-registration price. You get access to BishounenCon 2017, a badge, and bag filled with special goodies. Sales open August 16, 2016 and close March 1, 2017 end of day, after which prices will increase to At-the-Door pricing.
At-the-Door Weekend Badge ($45)
A full weekend badge at full price. You get access to BishounenCon 2017, a badge, and bag filled with special goodies. Available March 1 – March 3. At-the-Door Badges will be professionally printed with a blank space for your name, which you will fill in yourself when you arrive at the convention.
Single Day Badge ($20)
A single day badge at a reduced price. You get access to BishounenCon 2017, a badge, and bag filled with special goodies. Available October 26 – March 5. Single Day Badges will be professionally printed with a blank space for your name, which you will fill in yourself when you arrive at the convention.
Early Bird tickets are now available through Eventbrite. You can get your tickets here. Early Bird is $55 for the weekend. The price will jump to $65 on August 16, and then up to the At-the-Door rate in December.
The registration price includes full weekend access, pre-printed badge, and a bag full of goodies.
All right! In our most recent post, we let you know that the hotel room block is now open for reservations. Of course, we knew we would be fielding questions about this, and they’ve already come pouring in! It’s great that you all are as excited as we are to be on the East Coast; Rhode Island, here we come! (No pun intended, of course.) We will update this post as more questions come in, so please check back if you run into any other hotel issues.
I can’t book that far ahead! What do I do?
Some guests have had trouble making their reservation online into 2017. Unfortunately, this seems to be inconsistent, and we’re not exactly sure how to fix that at this moment. While we work on a solution, our best advice is to try another browser. Of course, you can also always call the hotel directly at 401-732-6000 and book over the phone. Just remember to mention our group code BIS!
Why is there a two-night minimum stay?
We have contracted the entire hotel for Friday and Saturday nights. (All BishounenCon all the time!) That means we’re contractually obligated to fill those rooms for at least those two nights. We hope that you will stay and enjoy the entire convention with us, and if you try to book either Friday or Saturday night separately, you will be required to also book the other night when you use our group code.
Our hotel room block at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, is now open! You read that right! Please book your room with a discounted rate by clicking here or calling the hotel at 401-732-6000 and using the code BIS.
For more information about the hotel and rooms available, please visit our Hotel Information page.
Gardena, CA, USA — March 17, 2016 — YaoiCon, the only Western fan-focused convention dedicated solely to the yaoi genre of Japanese anime and manga, is proud to announce a new endeavor on the East Coast in honor of its 15th year. BishounenCon, an 18+ yaoi+ convention for fans of boys love, yaoi, and LGBT comics and media from all around the world, will debut March 3-5, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island.
“‘Yaoi+’ means we’ve taken our love of yaoi to the next level and with BishounenCon have focused on LGBT characters and romantic relationships in comics, cartoons, television, and more from all over the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and (of course) Japan and the United States,” said Viannah Duncan, director of BishounenCon 2017. The convention is named for “bishounen”—the Japanese word for “pretty boy(s).”
Attendees of the new convention will be able to enjoy up and coming artists and authors, independent publishers and production companies, and talented actors and voice actors. While YaoiCon focuses specifically on yaoi, BishounenCon broadens that directive and welcomes all types of comics, animation, and media that celebrate love and romance between men, including both modern and historical art and literature. BishounenCon aims to include a scope and feel reminiscent of YaoiCon but will also present some brand new events, including a formal ball and a lounge rest area.
“Though BishounenCon is a new convention, we have the support of the successful, longer-running YaoiCon,” Duncan said, “and we are hoping to have an amazing first year.”
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently located close to the T.F. Green Airport in Providence, and free shuttle service is offered between the airport and hotel. Rooms can be reserved beginning April 2nd using the convention code BIS and are $139/night until the BishounenCon room block is full. The convention is working with the hotel to provide overflow rates at the nearby Holiday Inn Express should that become necessary. Badges, industry booths, and artists’ tables will be available on the website beginning in August.
About YaoiCon and BishounenCon
San Francisco-based YaoiCon and its younger Northeastern counterpart BishounenCon are committed to celebrating yaoi, boys love, and male/male romance in comics, animation, and popular culture. For more information, visit www.bishounencon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you staffed other anime, comics, or gaming conventions? Do you have a passion for queer comics and media and want to share your passion with other fans? Do you love beautiful men? Are you (relatively) local to the convention hotel or willing to travel? If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, please head over to our Staff Application and apply to help create the greatest LGBT convention the East Coast has ever seen!
(Images above from YaoiCon 2015. On the left, bishounen interact with attendees. On the right, staff members prepare for an evening event.)